Beet & Butternut Phyllo Flatbread

Ever since beets came into my kitchen just a couple weeks ago, I’ve been smitten. These beautiful ruby-colored vegetables are really perking up my food and adding new dimension where I didn’t know it was needed. For example, beets with butternut squash… and shallots, walnuts, and goat cheese. I knew that butternut squash could certainly hold its own with those other ingredients, but I thought they might get along really well with beets too.

Recently I heard a suggestion to use phyllo dough to make a pizza. This reminded me of the extra package I had sitting in my refrigerator. I had been trying to think of a way to use this for a dinner for a while, but nothing thrilled me – until the idea of using it as a light, flaky crust for fresh and earthy ingredients.

I would say that the combination of toppings worked really well together and would be equally delicious as just an arugula salad with the roasted vegetables, walnuts and goat cheese. However, it was all really well-complimented by the delightfully crispy crust too!

Beet & Butternut Phyllo Flatbread Pizza
Printable Recipe

8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
1 medium sized beet
200gm peeled butternut squash (the “neck” piece from a small squash will work well)
2-3 small shallots, sliced thinly (about 50gm)
2oz goat cheese
3/4 oz chopped walnuts
2 handfuls of arugula

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil. Lightly spray the squash with olive oil cooking spray on all sides and place it on the foil. Take another small piece of foil and lightly spray; scrub the beet and wrap it in the foil. Place on the baking sheet with the squash. Roast both of these for about 45-60 minutes, until tender. Cool.

Reduce oven heat to 350. When the squash and the beet are cool enough to handle, peel the beet and slice thinly to yield 150gm sliced beets. Slice the butternut squash into thin rounds as well.

Carefully lay out one sheet of phyllo, and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Layer another sheet on top, spray, and repeat until all 8 sheets have been stacked. (Hint: Keep a damp cloth over the full stack of phyllo when not in use to keep it moist and prevent tearing.) If desired, cut the stack of phyllo in half to make two individual flatbreads. Transfer to a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet. Divide the sliced beets and squash evenly among the phyllo, and then the shallots, arugula, goat cheese and walnuts. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until phyllo is crispy and cheese begins to melt.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 391.1
Total Fat: 14.6 g
Cholesterol: 13.0 mg
Sodium: 359.4 mg
Total Carbs: 55.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.9 g
Protein: 13.4 g
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12 Responses to “Beet & Butternut Phyllo Flatbread”

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    Dawn — January 27, 2010 @ 3:19 pm Reply

    This is a great idea Cara. I have a package of Phyllo AND butternut squash waiting at home to be used. I might try this tonight or tomorrow!

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    Kim — January 27, 2010 @ 3:20 pm Reply

    Sounds great, although I wonder if there'd be another type of cheese that would taste good on it…I'm not a huge fan of goat cheese. The calorie amount sounds perfect for a meal. I may have to try this one. :)

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    Cara — January 27, 2010 @ 3:26 pm Reply

    Maybe feta or gorgonzola? Gorgonzola would be a much stronger, different flavor, but I think it also goes well with the beets, butternut, and walnuts.

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    Colleen — January 27, 2010 @ 7:18 pm Reply

    Looks yummy! I was thinking of feta as a substitute as well since I don't care for goat cheese.

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    The Wife — January 30, 2010 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    This looks really pretty. I love butternut squash, but have never eaten beets. I also have this picture in my head of Dwight from The Office whenever I see a recipe with beets in it!

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    Sam — January 31, 2010 @ 11:32 pm Reply

    Really gorgeous! Great photos, can smell and almost taste the food. Love it here. I do sandwiches on my blog, nothing serious, but lots of fun. I am now following you. Keri (a.k.a. Sam)

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    Lucia from Madison — February 1, 2010 @ 1:47 am Reply

    Looks great. When I use phyllo dough it never looks that good.

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    Erin — February 11, 2010 @ 6:15 pm Reply

    Such a pretty recipe! I love the flavor and color combination involved in this dish.

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    The Wife — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    This looks really pretty. I love butternut squash, but have never eaten beets. I also have this picture in my head of Dwight from The Office whenever I see a recipe with beets in it!

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    Cara — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    Maybe feta or gorgonzola? Gorgonzola would be a much stronger, different flavor, but I think it also goes well with the beets, butternut, and walnuts.

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    Colleen — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    Looks yummy! I was thinking of feta as a substitute as well since I don't care for goat cheese.

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    Erin — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    Such a pretty recipe! I love the flavor and color combination involved in this dish.

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