The Birth of Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy

 Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy came to be out of two separate events in my life. My youngest son loved to cook with me. At an early age he declared he wanted to open a restaurant when he was older, called "Tyler's Yummy in Your Tummy" He never did open that restaurant but I loved the name and decided to use it for my Blog on Cooking and Recipes.



 "Ollie" replaced the name "Tyler" in the title simply because that same son suggested the nickname Ollie when my first grandchild was born. My middle name is Olive after my Grandmother, and I became Grandma Ollie to my grandchildren. And thus Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy was born!



 This blog will be a collection of recipes - family, my own, and any others I can find in my collection. I've been cooking for almost 50 years - having started as a pre-teen. In Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy I'll share my favourite recipes, tips and techniques with you.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Butternut Squash Pizza - Oh Yum!

Today I made Butternut Squash Pizza. I'd seen a photo of mini-pizzas using butternut squash as the base and I knew I had to try them.

Not having a recipe, I decided to cut the rounds from the non-seed end of the squash, then peel them. Next time I'll peel first, then cut!

I did mine in two steps but next time I will do them in three. By two steps I mean I put everything except the cheese on my squash rounds, then I roasted them in a 375' oven on parchment lined baking sheet for 40 minutes. Stage 2 was to add the cheeses and put back in oven until cheese melted.

UPDATE: My toppings burnt slightly doing this in two stages so next time I  roasted the squash rounds for 30 -40 minutes at 375' after I put some olive oil and sea salt on them.  I actually did that in the morning and left them until evening to finish up. Then I aded the sauce, and the toppings (but not the cheeses) and roasted for another 20 minutes. Third stage was to add the cheeses and return to oven until cheeses melted (a few minutes).


Squash rounds with sauce and basil. This is what I got from one squash

Here's my list of ingredients, but of course yours will be whatever pizza toppings you like.
 INGREDIENTS
 
Extra virgin Olive Oil to brush on butternut squash rounds
Sea salt to sprinkle on squash rounds
Pizza Sauce to brush on top of squash rounds  
Basil leaves to spread thinly on top of sauce 



Toppings are your choice. I used thinly slice zucchini, mushrooms, spanish onion, raw bacon and kolbassa sausage cut in thin rounds.  I meant to add red pepper but forgot. 

Second batch with Mozarella


For cheese I used cheddar because I didn't have any mozzarella, and I also added one chunk of feta cheese. Next time I want to use mozzrella and add a bit of goat cheese instead of feta, although the feta was good.
 
 You can see that some of the outer edges got a bit crispy but boy oh boy was this good! My husband loved them. You can pick them up in your fingers or use a fork and spoon. It's your choice! Think how much fun it would be to make these for your family on a Friday night while you watch movies.

Good times!