Mini Butternut Squash Pizzas

 

Butternut squash pizzas with pesto, tomato, and fresh basil

Mmm Pizza! One thing I tend to crave with frequency on my cheat days! There are a slew of different methods slow-carbers have put out there in an attempt to bridge that deep, dark 6-day void left by some distant pizza memory; and I fully intend to try some of them out to see how close I can get to slow-carb “pizza”  ……Eventually…   But this one was simple enough to give it a shot right away.  Plus, I had half of a butternut squash left over from the jalapeno cheddar quiche that I had just made.  Have you SEEN the size of a butternut squash?! Resources, people! Use ’em up.

I stumbled upon this grain-free mini pizzas recipe while internet browsing on some grain-free (yep, go figure!) recipe sites.  I am glad to have found this one, as it works rather well as a fun, somewhat unique, little veggie side dish.  And thes are not all that time-consuming to make, either (bonus!). And, of course, as it goes with pizza, the topping combination possibilities are endless.  I’m a big fan of using up whatever veggies I have in that fridge of mine.

Crust it up.

Ingredients:
1 large butternut squash (use all, or some, depending on how many mini-pizzas you intend to make)
Marinara, tomato, or pesto sauce (keep an eye on the sugar content!)
1 tomato
Fresh basil leaves
Any other toppings that you’d like!
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Coconut oil or ghee, for cooking

Directions:

  • Using a vegetable peeler or sharp knife, peel or cut away the thick outer skin of the butternut squash.
  • With a mandolin or sharp paring knife, slice the squash into thin disks or rounds (around 1/4 of an inch thick).
  • Prepare any veggies you plan to use as toppings and set them beside the stove.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a non-stick fry pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add squash slices and cover the pan with a lid.  Check the squash after 3 minutes.  If they are starting to turn a little brown, flip them over.  Cover and continue cooking the other side of the squash for another 3 minutes. 
  • Add sauce (if using sauce) and any other toppings.  Season with Salt and Pepper, to taste.  Cover for a few minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mini pizzas to cool some.
  • Then…I think you know what to do.

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