Pumpkin and cheese pizza

Pumpkin pizza

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Pizza is a dish from Italian cuisine widely known in all countries all over the world. The basis of pizza is yeast dough covered with tomato sauce and cheese. The dough can be thick or thin, sometimes it can also have its edges stuffed with cheese.

The simplest pizza you can get is the one called Margherita. It is made only with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Normally the base of any pizza is tomato sauce and cheese and then ingredients such as ham, bacon, chicken, seafood as well as many others are added to it. I have also come across pizza that had sour cream instead of tomato sauce as a basic sauce. It was combined with mushrooms and ham and I’m honestly saying it was delicious.

Since you all know now that you can put whatever you fancy on your pizza why not make one with pumpkin. Halloween is just behind the corner and this is the best time to serve such a pizza for your guests.

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Pizza with pumpkin and sage
Pumpkin and sage pizza

Ingredients for pumpkin pizza.

Pizza dough:

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 10 g fresh yeast
  • 100 ml lukewarm water
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Sauce:

  • 200 ml tomato sauce
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper

Topping:

  • 200 g baked pumpkin
  • 100 g Gouda cheese
  • 100 g mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1,5 teaspoon of dry sage
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

How to make pumpkin pizza.

Pizza dough: dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Put flour, olive oil, salt and sugar along with the dissolved yeast in a bowl. Mix, then knead the dough. Leave the dough at least for 10 minutes in a warm place to rise.

Topping: dice the pumpkin, put it in a pot and add water. Simmer until the pumpkin is tender, at which point drain the water from it and let it cool down. Grate the Gouda cheese and slice the mozzarella. Cut the onion horizontally into small pieces.

Pizza sauce how to make: blend the canned tomatoes with salt and pepper.

Place the risen pizza dough on a baking tray previously greased with olive oil (1 tablespoon, as in the recipe). Make sure that both the bottom and the top of the dough are covered with olive oil. Stretch the dough with your fingers until it covers the entire tray and prick it with a fork in a few places.

Spread the tomato sauce over the dough, sprinkle with Gouda cheese, sliced mozzarella, pumpkin, red onion and sage. Set the pizza aside again for at least 10 minutes to rise.

Preheat an oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Put the pizza in and bake for 25 minutes.

Good to know when making pumpkin pizza.

Pizza with pumpkin
Pumpkin and sage pizza

The baking tray I used was round-shaped and had a diameter of 29 centimetres.

You can replace the dried sage with fresh sage leaves.

Squeeze out the excess brine from the mozzarella before placing it on pizza. Otherwise, during the baking the mozzarella may release too much juice and might soak the pizza with it.

Do you like dishes with pumpkin? If so, try our recipe for Baked pumpkin.

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