I made pizza. Butternut squash, onion and mozzarella pizza. The kale I served separately. Butternut squash and kale pizza is popular but I was pretty sure it wouldn't be in my house. So, I kept the kale away from the pizza. Even so, they were sceptical. 'Pizza!' I proclaimed, 'yeah, but it isn't really is it?' They ate it all though.
I cooked a load of onions, 4 or 5 I think, slowly in butter until sweet and delicious.
I peeled and diced the squash, tossed it in a little olive oil and roasted it in a hot oven long enough for the squash to become soft and begin to char around the edges slightly - about 20 -30 minutes.
I made some pizza dough using 500g of strong white flour, 1 teaspoon of easy-blend yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of olive oil and about 300ml of warm water.
When the dough had risen I divided in two and rolled it thinly to fit my pizza trays. These are about 30cm in diameter.
I topped the pizzas with the onions, the squash, a little leftover grated parmesan and one ball of torn mozzarella per pizza. I sprinkled them with sea salt and baked at 230°c (210°c fan oven ) for 20 minutes.
And then I massaged the kale.
Massaging kale is a perfectly normal thing to do. It is really. See it's all over Pinterest. What you do is tear it into bite-sized pieces, put it in a bowl, add a little olive oil and some lemon juice plus some salt and massage the oil and lemon into the kale for 3 or 4 minutes. This is a pleasant soothing task. As you massage the kale it loses its healthier than thou worthiness and becomes pliant and sweet. The kale is seduced.
I added some toasted pecans and much to my surprise both Katie and Charlie ate large helpings. The boys were not persuaded. All in all a delicious meal and one which I will repeat.
You don't have to make pizza dough, you could use ready made pizza bases or other flatbreads, naan bread for example. Or, you could use ready made puff pastry and call it a tart and that way it will not only be delicious but you won't have people saying 'but it isn't really a pizza is it?'
Swap the mozzarella for blue cheese, add walnuts or pecans.
Swap the squash for sweet potato.
Add the kale to the pizza if you are feeding less fussy people than I am.
Add crumbled sausage or bacon.
Cook some pasta, something like rigatoni or penne, mix it in a baking dish with the roasted squash, the cooked onion and lumps of mozzarella. Bake just long enough for the mozzarella to melt. Or forget the mozzarella and make cheese sauce using a well flavoured hard cheese and turn it into a fabulous macaroni cheese.
Steam or boil the squash instead of roasting it, mash it with an equal quantity of boiled potatoes. Layer it in a baking dish with the onions and mozzarella. Bake until the mozzarella melts.
Add some roast squash to the massaged kale, keep the nuts in for crunch. Try some crumbled feta or bacon too for salty contrast.