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The inspiration for this pizza came by way of my roommate eating at Otto’s pizzeria in Portland, Maine.  She noticed a squash pizza on the menu and thought it would be interesting.  However, she didn’t sample it that evening, as there were other items on the menu that caught her eye. 

What did end up happening was an at-home gourmet pizza night.  Using whole wheat crust from Portland Pie, we assembled our version of a butternut squash pizza.  It was amazing.

Butternut Squash Pizza

  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1 cup butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella

Assemble pizza to your liking. Cook at 450F for 10ish minutes.

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It still amazes me that I can *cook* a dish in 5 minutes. Yes, I know… the prep time is 3 times as long but it somehow still feels manageable for a weeknight. With practice and familiarity with recipes, asian cooking can become a speedy, mid-week meal.

This recipe is the first one that I am to try from the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.  I usually have most of these ingredients on hand, which is one of the reasons why this dish appealed to me.  I began by prepping the chicken and getting it into its slurry bath. Then I prepped veggies and the sauce.

Thai-style sweet chilli chicken:

  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 lb chicken, sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • handful of basil leaves (Thai or Italian)

Marinate the chicken in the slurry for 10 mins.  If you begin the chicken first, by the time you make the sauce and slice up the veggies, you’ll be ready to cook.  Heat wok to medium high, add oil and swirl.  Add chicken in one layer, cook 2 mins, flipping halfway. Remove chicken, leave oil.

Lower heat to medium, add shallots and garlic, 30 seconds. Add peppers and (and mushrooms if you are so inclined). Cook 1 minute.  Add sauce and stir well.  Add chicken. Simmer for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat, add basil.  Serve with rice.

P.S. Or.. serve with fresh spring rolls!

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