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Pumpkin Pizza

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I've still got some pumpkin kicking around from November. I'm hell bent on using all of it,so I've been looking for some creative uses. I made some Southwest Pumpkin soup that I'll post next week. It was a perfect winter treat. Tomorrow, I'll make some Massaman Pumpkin Soup, that I'll post if it's any good. But today, I've got one of the better pizzas I've made: pumpkin, spinach and mushroom pizza!

I've been reading up on bread and playing with my new mixer and I created some of the best crust I've ever made. I used a Cooks Illustrated recipe that was similar to this with no sugar and a cup more flour. I kneaded it until it was nice and pliable, gave it a good first rise, then spread the dough and plopped it on a heated pizza stone. The dough rose quickly from the heat of the stone. It was neat.

Bread Note: I am a novice bread-maker at best. I am relating my experience and I explore an art that I am slowly learning. Please don't mistake this for direction. I might be right, I might be wrong, but it's fun learning.

Update: After a few trials and a lot of reading, I've come up with a pizza dough recipe that I'm very pleased with. Here it is.

Pumpkin Pizza

Pumpkin Pizza

Pizza Dough for 1 12" pizza
1 1/2 cups Daiya Italian Style or other vegan cheese
8 oz pizza sauce (1/2 can)
1 bunch spinach, washed & stems removed
(or 1 package frozen spinach, thawed)
1/2 lb mushrooms, wash and sliced
1 small pie pumpkin, peeled & seeded (about 5 cups)
3 tbs maple syrup
1/4 tsp rubbed sage

Chop the spinach add to a saute pan with a little water until wilted. Press the spinach between two plates to remove any excess water. Saute the mushrooms in a little oil or steam with a little water and drain. Set both aside or refrigerate until needed.

For the pumpkin, chop into quarters and, using a vegetable peeler, peel into ribbons. This creates a texture that is perfect for pizza. It's not chunky and every bit will have pumpkin melting in your mouth. Add the pumpkin to the saute pan with a cup of water. Cover and simmer for a few minutes, until the pumpkin is soft. Drain, stir in the syrup and sage and set aside.

When the pizza dough is rolled and ready, spread the pizza sauce, then the Daiya. Then spread the pumpkin evenly over the pizza. Add the spinach and mushrooms in a pleasing pattern. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 10 minute, until the crust is brown.

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2 comments

  1. Anardana Says:
  2. I like it! I've put butternut squash on pizza.

     
  3. This looks delicious! I was just writing on my blog about how we make pizza every weekend, I am so going to make this next weekend! Your pizza looks delicious, Thanks for the idea!!!!

     

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