Butternut, Bacon, Spinach and Feta Pizza

Many of you know that I was a super-picky eater growing up.  But one of my absolutely-positively-no-good-very-bad “foods” to avoid was….dum dum dum…crust.  Oh my goodness.  I avoided it like the plague, which happened to drive my Grandma Ebright crazy.  The more I picked it off of my toast, my pizza, the bottom of my rolls, and the edge of my brownies…the more determined she became in her mission to convince me otherwise.  We would have lengthy discussions about how the crust was made from the “same ingredients” as the yummy, soft center of my toast.  And of course about how it was “never good to waste food”.  She even persuaded a gullible, straight-haired little me that eating crust would make my hair curly!  (Which briefly “worked”, until a question to my hairdresser set the record straight!)

Thankfully, the pendulum eventually swung, and I became a total crust-loving foodie.  And Grandma’s disapproving looks eventually turned to amusement at family gatherings as she watched me choose the end of a loaf of bread, or finish off entire pieces of pizza, or even (gasp!) show her pages from my food blog.  I still think of her every time I bite into a slice of toast though.  :)  Love and miss her.

Athenos (the maker of some rockin’ feta) has recently introduced a new grandma character of their own — Yia Yia.  She’s the quintessential traditional Greek grandmother who’s not always the most approving, but her love for family and the quality, simple, fresh ingredients in Athenos is strong.  Which totally rang true when I used their feta in this a-mazing autumn pizza.  It combines the butternut squash and bacon combination I used in one of my favorite pasta recipes with some fresh spinach, red onions, and yummy feta.  And holy cow.  I took some to the guys in my band to taste-test, and even they (who called it a “girly” pizza before trying it) gave it a big thumbs up.  No sauce or herbs needed.  The ingredients make this pizza fantastic….crust and all.  :)

So in honor of Yia Yia and my grandma (who nurtured and set the example in our family of an incredible love of reading!), we are giving away one $50 Amazon gift certificate this week.  You can use it to buy a pizza stone, cookbooks, music for dancing in the kitchen, or even a pro-crust brownie pan…you name it!  The winner will also receive coupons for free Athenos feta, and a fantastic serving platter and utensils.  Read below for details and enter to win!

***This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to our winner, KellyBeth!***

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Butternut, Bacon, Spinach & Feta Pizza

You will love this delicious Butternut, Bacon, Spinach and Feta Pizza recipe! It’s comforting, delicious, flavorful and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, cored and diced into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 medium pizza crust
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups loosely-packed baby spinach
  • 6 slices lean bacon, cooked and diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1/3 cup crumbled ATHENOS feta cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, toss together the butternut squash, onion, and 2 tablespoons olive oil, then spread the mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, stirring and turning the vegetables about halfway through.

Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over the top of the pizza crust. Leaving a 1″ border for crust, toss the Mozzarella cheese evenly over the center of the crust. Layer with spinach, then bacon, and the squash/onion mixture (breaking up the onions if needed). Then sprinkle the top with feta cheese.

Bake pizza according to recipe/package instructions. Or bake for 10-12 minutes, until crust is slightly golden and the Mozzarella is melted. Slice and serve immediately.

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Ali’s Tip:

If butternut squash is not in season, this would also be delicious with sweet potatoes!

$50 Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway

Giveaway Prizes:

  • $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com
  • Serving platter and serving utensils
  • 5 free coupons for ATHENOS feta

Entry requirements:

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this page mentioning a story about a favorite Yia-Yia figure in your life, or your favorite way to use ATHENOS feta cheese.

Required: You must include your email address in the comment form. I will need it to contact you should you win.

Deadline: October 10, 2011 at 11:59pm Central Time

2 Opportunities for extra entries:

  1. Twitter: Copy this exact text into a tweet, and then post a link to your tweet in a comment below — “Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate from @athenos at @gimmesomeoven this week! http://bit.ly/o4AZMA #giveaway #recipes
  2. Facebook: “Like” Gimme Some Oven on Facebook, and leave a comment here saying you have done so.
  3. Facebook: “Like” Athenos on Facebook, and leave a comment here saying you have done so.

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The Fine Print: No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be selected at random by Gimme Some Oven using Random.org.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winners do not reply within 48 hours, another winner(s) will be selected. Giveaways will be mailed to the winners’ address.  This post is sponsored by Athenos. Kraft Foods is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me.  However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments toward Athenos products.  This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Gimme Some Oven.

***This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to our winner, KellyBeth!***


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213 comments on “Butternut, Bacon, Spinach and Feta Pizza”

  1. I have liked Gimme Some Oven on Facebook.

  2. I have liked Athenos on Facebook.

  3. My fav way to use feta is in pasta and greek salads! [email protected]

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  6. I liked your facebook page! I can’t believe I didn’t know about your blog until today… I’m so excited to go through your recipes! Hope you’re doing wonderfully =)

  7. An all-time favorite use for Athenos, and always a crowd-pleaser… Lentil, Feta, Bruschetta dip. Best served with some bread or pita crackers.

  8. My Grandmother taught me how to cook. I spent countless hours in her kitchen growing up. I knew I was getting big when she allowed me to have my own knife.

  9. I’ve recently become obsessed with feta on my salads. Not Greek salads necessarily either. My current favorite is a champagne vinaigrette salad with candied walnuts, apricots, and feta!

  10. My new favorite use for feta is tucked in a sandwich with roasted red pepper hummus, spinach, and tomatoes!

  11. I liked gimme some oven on Facebook.

  12. ahh this looks incredible!

    ps. i can totally relate, my grandma and i are so close, i tell her more than i tell most of my friends!

  13. I’m kind of sick, I like eating Feta just like that. It is sooo good.

  14. Liked Gimme Some Oven on FB – Mike Dachuk

  15. Liked Athenos on FB – Mike Dachuk

  16. I like to use Athenos Feta Cheese in it’s crumbly form, by throwing it on top of some Greek spiced shrimp in a chunk tomato sauce! Yummy!

  17. Also, I already “like” you on Facebook!

  18. I like using Athenos Feta on salad.

  19. I like Gimmiesomeoven on facebook

  20. I like Athenos on facebook

  21. This looks so good! I will be making this one when I can get home for a weekend!!! My favorite way to use Athenos feta cheese is in spanakopita.

  22. I “Like” Gimme Some Oven on Facebook.

  23. I love making spanikopita with Athenos feta!!

  24. I “like” Athenos on Facebook.

  25. I just ‘Liked’ Gimme Some Oven on Facebook!
    So glad I found you today on Pininterest!

  26. I love using Athenos feta cheese in my homemade greek salads! Delish!

  27. I liked Gimme Some Oven on fb!

  28. I liked Athenos on fb!

  29. The Yia-Yia in my life is a lady that serves at my church. She caters all functions and has showed me so many tips and shortcuts in cooking. She has incredible patience and has been such a blessing to me and everyone she knows!

  30. I liked Gimme Some Oven on fb!

  31. i liked athenos!

  32. I liked you on FB and left a comment there. I make a quinoa based dish with kalamata olives, cucumber, red onion, tomato and LOTS of feta. So yummy!

  33. My husband will not eat salad without feta on it :) It is a must have in our house.

  34. Liked Gimmesomeoven on facebook

  35. Liked Athenos on fb :)

  36. My Nana taught me how to make chocolate cake from scratch – including frosting! Let’s just say it changed my perception on cake forever. Also my favorite use for Athenos is as topper of homemade humus. Yum!

  37. I liked Gimme Some Oven on fb!

  38. I love to use Athenos feta on fresh cucumbers drizzled with good olive oil and sprinkled with a good dose of pepper!!

  39. 1. This is a beautiful dish! WOW!!!
    2. I am making it Sunday for my girls football day/my 27th birthday celebration and pairing with mimosas!
    3. I tweeted this recipe (and the exact text) because it is so good
    4. I work for LYFE Kitchen…check it out, healthy lifestyle restaurant, under 600 calories and 1000 mg of sodium for entire menu, opening Oct 12th in Palo Alto, and hopefully in a year or two, making it big nationally!

  40. I love making spinach & feta pizzas with my feta!

  41. i love feta on a greek salad!

  42. I call my Yia Yia “Oma.” She is very German and very awesome. German savory food is oftentimes less than delicious (saurkraut? blot fleisch? eewww), but my Oma is definitely the best baker I have ever known. Homemade marzipan, Apfelkuchen, and a few secret family recipes she finally gave me the originals to last year. I was able to type them all up and make a scrap book full of old pictures and the most coveted of family foods.

    In an attempt to eat healthier, my Oma started up the Mediterranean diet recently. I’m sure her and I could think of some healthful (and delicious!) recipes with feta cheese. And, though it may be cheating… a couple of apple fritters would be the perfect dessert.

  43. I love feta with hummus dip and a pita.

  44. My favorite thing for Athenos feta is to make a Greek cottage pie and stir the cheese crumbles into the mashed potato topping. It’s SO good.

  45. I “liked” Gimme Some Oven on Facebook.

  46. I also “liked” Athenos on Facebook.