We ate so many amazing meals on our vacation in Maui last week: ceviches, sashimis, poké bowls, and so much macadamia nut crusted-everything that I actually thought I might turn into a fish if I looked at one more Mahi Mahi fillet. But as soon as our plane touched down in Texas, you know what happened? I was struck with the immediate, all-consuming craving for Mexican food, and it reminded me just how frequently I eat tacos and tostadas and that I really can’t survive more than a week without them. Is it just an Austin thing, or do any of you guys in other parts of the country feel the same way? To prove that all roads lead back to Tex-Mex, one day recently I realized I was out of tortillas and decided to toast a round of pita bread and used it as a chewier base for tostada toppings. And the result was a total “why didn’t I think of this before?” moment. The golden-brown crust is a perfect canvas for all kinds of toppings: mozzarella and tomato, hummus and red peppers, or in this Mexican-themed version, butternut squash, black beans, and avocado.
Did you know that roasted butternut squash makes a delicious and incredibly nutritious “sauce?” Now that I’ve discovered it, I’m dying to try on sandwiches and pizza, too. Just roast it until it’s falling-apart-tender, then mash with maple, cinnamon, cumin, salt, or whatever spices happen to be your jam. And in case you can’t tell by the photos, this tostada prescribes to the “more is more” philosophy when it comes to toppings. In addition to the star ingredients, I went ahead and added a drizzle of lime crema, lots of chopped cilantro, toasted pumpkin seeds, and more spices. It kind of became a knife-and-fork situation, which was totally okay with me.
Have you guys ever used toasted pita as the base for a tostada/flatbread/pizza? If so, I’d love to hear your favorite topping ideas so I can experiment! Keep reading for my healthy pita tostadas recipe with butternut squash, black beans, and avocado.
*photos by Kate LeSueur