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A festive vegetarian dish that also doubles as a centerpiece? Sold! This striking seeded twist is easy to make thanks to store-bought pizza dough. The caramelized onions are rich and buttery, and the hint of sage makes this perfectly in-season. Take your pick between popular butternut squash for color (shown here), or knobby, oddly-shaped celery root (aka celeriac) that tastes like parsley and celery had a baby. If you’re going the celeriac route, here’s a trick on how to peel it. Trim the top and bottom, and cut vertically down the sides of the vegetable, slicing all the way around to reveal its pale interior.


Credit: Greg DuPree

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40 mins
1 hr 50 mins
6 to 8 servings


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  • Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large skillet, melt butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown and tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

  • Toss squash with 2 tablespoons oil and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Mix caramelized onions, squash, chestnuts, sage, and ½ teaspoon each salt pepper in a large bowl; set aside.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of pizza dough into two long ovals about 18"x6" each. Divide squash mixture between ovals and arrange down the center, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold the left side of the dough over the squash and pinch it shut with the right side. Roll the log so it lays seam-side down. Repeat with the second oval. Twist logs together, pinching ends and tucking under to seal.

  • Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet (lay diagonally to fit) and brush with egg wash. Mix seeds and remaining 1 tablespoon oil; scatter seed mixture over twist and top with flaky salt. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Chef's Notes

Make-ahead! To reheat, place in a 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy and heated through.