Trick or Treat!

Step 1. Buy a take-and-bake cheese pizza from Costco.

cheese

Step 2. Top with dollops of mashed roasted garlic mixed with mashed roasted squash.

garlic & squash

3. Add some caramelized onions that you lazily cooked in the oven while the squash and garlic were roasting.

caramelized onion

4. Gild the lily with some super spicy [cooked] Mexican-style chorizo

chorizo

5. Bake.

yum

6. Eat. Wonder why in the world you had practically no trick-or-treaters until after 8 pm. Isn’t it a school night?

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Semi-Lazyman’s Pizza with Roasted Squash Puree, Caramelized Onions, and Chorizo

1 cheese take-and-bake pizza (or a pizza crust + sauce + cheese, or whatever you like on a pizza)
1 acorn squash
1 head of garlic
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt & pepper
2 large onions
olive oil
1 tube of Mexican-style chorizo

1. Cut the squash in half and clean out the seeds. Place in a baking pan, cut sides down, and add water to about 1″ in depth. Cover with foil.

2. Cut the top off of the bulb of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Wrap tightly in foil.

3. Cut the onions in from root to tip, then cut into slices about 1/4″ thick. Cut in the same parallel direction as root to tip, rather than perpendicular direction. This helps to avoid that weird, segmented earthwormy look that cooked onions get if they are cut wrong. Place in a small baking pan. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt.

4. Place the squash, garlic, and onions into a 400F oven. Cook for about an hour, stirring the onions occasionally. The squash and garlic should be very soft. The onions may take a little longer to cook – keep an eye on them. They should be a dark golden brown. Mine are not, because I got impatient.

5. While the veggies are cooking, brown the chorizo in a frying pan. Drain the fat.

6. Mash the cooked squash and garlic together. Add the parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Drain off any liquid that accumulates on the surface.

7. Add the cooked toppings to the pizza. Bake according to instructions. Enjoy!

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