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The perfect autumn inspired pizza for any night of the week! Fresh pizza dough topped with pumpkin, whipped ricotta, caramelized onions, crisp arugula, shredded pumpkin spice gouda, apple slices, and fresh sage. Bake until the crust is perfectly golden and finish off with a drizzle of honey for a delicious mix of savory and sweet. Every last bite of this pizza is a delicious taste of a warm autumn night. It’s a mix of fall comfort food with a hint of sweet and savory.

Keeping dough in the freezer and letting it come to room temperature in the fridge during the day so that it’s ready come dinner time makes it a breaze to create something delicious in under 30 minutes. Often we end up making quick and easy pizzas from whatever we have leftover in the fridge and most of the time our pizzas turn out really good. We love that you can combine just about anything and put it on a pizza. It’s so easy and adaptable to all the seasons! This is why pizza on Fridays is great. Not only do you get to unwind and dig into something delicious because who doesn’t love pizza night you get to use up whatever odd herbs, meats, and produce you have kicking around in the fridge.

Slowly cooking the onions and allowing them to caramelize is the tedious part of making this. It completely changes the taste of the onions and they lose a lot of their harsh onion flavor and become sweet. Caramelized onions in the fall and winter go on just about anything. I don’t know what it is about them but they are damn good and make everything taste better.

We like to roll out our dough on parchment paper to avoid it sticking to the counter or other surfaces. It’s not worth the headache to roll it out on your counter top and have the dough warm up too fast and start to stick. So roll it out on some parchment and save yourself from a disaster. It helps keep the dough together and not stretch out and cause tears when you try and peel it off the counter. This also makes it much easier to transfer onto your baking sheet where you can now begin to assemble the pizza.

The whipped ricotta is a nice touch that makes for a cheesy fluffy sauce that resembles more of a spread than a sauce. It is a little thick and it does make quite a bit, enough for 3-4 pizzas if your making a few of these for your family. You could even turn this recipe into little bit size flatbread appetizers for parties. The thin apple slices are what make this pizza so beautiful. We are loving how this all turned out and hope you enjoy it just as much as we did!

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caramelized onion, apple, and sage pizza with whipped pumpkin sauce
Yield: 8 slices

caramelized onion, apple, and sage pizza with whipped pumpkin sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The perfect autumn inspired pizza for any night of the week! Fresh pizza dough topped with pumpkin, whipped ricotta, caramelized onions, crisp arugula, shredded pumpkin spice gouda, apple slices, and fresh sage.

Ingredients

  • 1 ball of store bought pizza dough- we like to get ours at farmboy
  • ½ can pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup arugula
  • 4 oz gouda cheese, shredded- we found pumpkin spiced gouda at farmboy but you could easily use regular
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • honey for drizzling

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F2. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently until softened. Season with salt and pepper and continue cooking another 5-10 minutes reducing to low heat until the onions are golden and caramelized. Remove from the heat and set aside.

    2. In the same pan add a bit more oil if needed, lightly fry the sage leaves 1 minute per side and set aside.

    3. To make the sauce, whisk together pumpkin puree, ricotta, garlic, cinnamon and nutmeg until fluffy.

    4. For the dough place a piece of parchment on a surface big enough to roll it out. Lightly flour your rolling pin and the parchment and roll out the dough until it is pretty thin in a circle or rectangle. (about 12 inches) Transfer the dough onto a baking sheet.

    5. Spread the dough with the whipped sauce, top with arugula, caramelized onions, shred a light layer of pizza over top, place apples and finish with a bit more gouda.

    6. Transfer to the oven and bake 15 minutes or until the crust is golden.

    7. Top with the fried sage and serve drizzled with honey.

caramelized onion, apple, and sage pizza with whipped pumpkin sauce

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October 18, 2019

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