For the pastry:
Pro Tip: If you don't have the time to make your own pie crust, a ready made crust like this one works fine.
- 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour, plus some extra for rolling.
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
- 1/2 cup of unsalted, very cold butter cut into small cubes
- 3 tablespoons of cold water
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon of water
For the Filling:
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
- 1 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 10 large cloves of garlic, whole and unpeeled
- 1 cup of fresh ricotta
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup of havarti cheese
- 1 cup fontina cheese
Preheat your oven to 400F, line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar in a food processor (hand mixer works fine if you don't have a food processor). Add butter and mix until the mixture looks crumbly, with the butter the size of small peas. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, pulsing until mixture starts to clump together. When you are able to pinch the dough and it holds together, it's done.
Remove dough from the mixer and place on a clean, lightly floured surface. Gently shape and knead the dough into a disk. Don't over do it. You should be able to see little bits of butter through out the dough. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.
Slice the squash in half and peel the entire squash and remove the seeds. Peeling a butternut squash takes a little strength since the skin is really thick, so don't think for a second, "Fuck this, I'm ordering pizza!" The results are well worth the extra man power. Once you've removed all of the skin and seeds, slice it into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Put the sliced squash in a large bowl and add the olive oil, minced garlic and thyme. Toss to coat evenly, don't be afraid to stick your hands in the bowl and get a little greasy #SinPena. Spread out the sliced and seasoned squash onto the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle the squash with the salt and pepper. Put the unpeeled garlic cloves on the baking sheet and bake until the squash and garlic are tender, about 25-30 minutes. Let those suckers cool down.
|Spread out the sliced and seasoned squash onto prepared baking sheets.|
|Spread out squash with salt, pepper and unpeeled garlic cloves.|
When the garlic is cool, peel and put in a bowl. Mash with the back of a wooden spoon until smooth and all the cloves have been dismembered. Stir in the ricotta and the pinch of salt. Then, spread the garlic-cheese mixture over the top of the prepared pastry, leaving about a 1-inch border. Spread half of the squash of the ricotta cheese mixture. I couldn't find shredded fontina cheese (like the original recipe requested) at the grocery store so I used sliced fontina from the deli. Cover the butternut squash with a layer of fontina and havarti cheese. Add the remaining butternut squash on top of the cheese layer. Top the butternut squash with the remaining cheese until completely covered.
|Top layer of butternut squash over cheese, ricotta mixture and rolled out dough.|
|Straight out of the oven!|