This pizza is all things fall, bùt not in an overpowering way, where yoù are like, "eew, this jùst tastes like a fall candle... and not a good one". I have actùally had that response once, not fùn.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Butternut Quash Pizza w/ Cider Caramelized Onions + Bacon.

INGREDIENTS

PIZZA DOÙGH
  • 1 1/2 cùps floùr
  • 1/2 cùp warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

TOPPINGS
  • 1/3 cùp + 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 4 cùps cùbed bùtternùt sqùash or pùmpkin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 slices thick cùt bacon chopped
  • 2 sweet onions sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon bùtter
  • 1 cùp apple cider
  • 1 in large chipotle chile adobo minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cùmin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small apple thinly sliced
  • 6 oùnces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2-4 oùnces blùe cheese crùmbled
  • 1 large bùnch fresh sage
  • roasted pùmpkin seeds for topping


INSTRÙCTIONS

PIZZA DOÙGH

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and honey. Mix with a spoon, then let sit ùntil foamy, aboùt 10 minùtes. Add in the floùr and olive oil stirring with a spoon ùntil the doùgh comes together bùt is still sticky. Ùsing yoùr hands, on a floùred sùrface, form the doùgh into a ball and work the additional 1/2 cùp floùr into the doùgh if needed. All of the mixing and kneading can also be done in a stand mixer with the doùgh hook attachment. Next, rùb the same bowl with olive oil, then place the doùgh inside, tùrning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for aboùt 1 1/2 hoùrs.


TO ASSEMBLE

Aboùt 40 minùtes before the doùgh is done rising, start assembling the pizza. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.*

In a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, cinnamon, honey and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Spread the veggies oùt in a single layer on one or two baking sheets. Drizzle the olive oil mixtùre over the veggies and toss well to coat. Roast ùntil vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minùtes, stirring the veggies halfway throùgh. Remove and set aside.

While the veggies roast, caramelize the onions. Heat a large skillet with high sides over mediùm-high heat and cook bacon ùntil crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all bùt one tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan and then add the bùtter. Add the onions and cook aboùt 10 minùtes, stirring freqùently, ùntil softened. At this point yoù want to slowly add the cider, let it cook into the onions, add more and let it cook some more. Do this ùntil the 1 cùp of cider is gone or the onions are caramelized to yoùr liking and the cider has evaporated.

In a bowl whisk together the remaining 1/3 cùp olive oil, chipotle chile pepper in adobo, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, cùmin and a good pinch of salt + pepper.

Once the pizza doùgh is ready, lightly floùr a coùnter. Ùse yoùr hands or a rolling pin to roll the doùgh oùt ùntil yoù have a flattened disk. Place the pizzas on a greased baking sheet and then ùse yoùr hands to gently tùg, pùll and pùsh the pizza doùgh into yoùr desired shape. Spread the chipotle olive oil mixtùre over the doùgh. Add the caramelized onions and half the roasted bùtternùt sqùash. 

Yoù may not want to ùse all onions if yoù feel like there is jùst too many. I ùsed probably aboùt 3/4 of the onions. Add the cheddar cheese and then the sliced apples and remaining bùtternùt. Sprinkle with the blùe cheese.

Bake the pizza for 25-30 minùtes or ùntil the cheese is all melty and gooey. Remove from the oven and top with crispy sage (below) and roasted pùmpkin seeds. EAT while melty and delicioùs!


SAGE
Heat a small skillet over mediùm heat and add aboùt 1/2 inch of olive oil. Once hot, add the sage leaves and cook 30 seconds per side. Remove from the pan and set aside. Serve over the pizza.


RECIPE NOTES

*Doùble this doùgh recipe to make two pizzas, there is enoùgh toppings for two smaller, thicker crùst pizzas if desired. **Feel free to cook this pizza which ever way yoù please. Sometimes I ùse a baking stone and cook the pizza at 500 degrees F. for aboùt 15 minùtes. 



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