I LOVE pumpkins – and really who doesn’t!? Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced lattes, all the beautiful and flavorful pumpkins of the Autumn, I just love them all. And so each year it seems I add another pumpkin recipe to my repertoire. I have perfected my pumpkin lasagna, and I can’t get enough pumpkin bread slathered with butter with my coffee on a brisk Fall morning.
But this year I was searching around looking for a pumpkin pizza recipe and I couldn’t find anything noteworthy. So obviously the only thing for me to do was…make one.
The first thing I did was to pick out the pumpkin, which was a small-medium sized Sugar Pumpkin that I bought directly from a farm in Upstate New York. Confused by all the different kinds of pumpkins? Martha (of course we are on a first name basis…in my head) has a guide to some of the more interesting heirloom pumpkins and squash. Don’t have time to pick out some fancy pumpkin? Pick up a pumpkin, or a slice of pumpkin, at your local supermarket.
Next step was to cut open the entire pumpkin and roast it in the oven on 400 degrees for about an hour and fifteen minutes. When the pumpkin cooled down, I scooped out the flesh and put it through a food processor to make the puree smooth. Store in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
And even though I am a baker, I almost never make my own pizza dough. Trader Joes sells it for $1, and Whole Foods also has a great one for about $3.
What’s the perfect accessory to some pumpkin pizza? Well pumpkin beer of course!
Happy cooking and enjoy my newest pumpkin creation.
1 store-bought pizza dough
2 whole shallots
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp salt
4 fresh sage leaves
1 cup goat cheese crumbles or ricotta
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If using a pizza stone, place it in the bottom of the oven for at least 30 minutes.
Slice shallots into tiny rings. Heat vegetable oil in medium sized sauce pan on medium-high heat. Don't let oil get too hot. Fry shallots for 3-4 minutes, or until just crispy, in small batches. Let drain on a piece of paper towel and set aside
Spread out pizza dough until desired thickness and size. In a small saucepan, melt butter on low-medium heat until just bubbling. Add sage leaves and swirl around. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and then remove sage.
In a medium sized bowl mix together pumpkin puree, sage infused butter and 2 tsp salt.
Pull pizza stone, or pizza pan, out of oven and spread dough on top. Using the back of a large metal spoon spread an even layer of the pumpkin mix on top. Sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles or dollops of ricotta (or hey - both!).
Bake in the oven for 10-11 minutes.
Pull pizza out of oven, and drizzle with good quality olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Add crispy shallots on top and serve.
Another week, and it’s time for another round of recipe ideas for Shabbat.
As my dear friend and fellow tweeter Aimee Weiss points out, ’tis the season for some spiked apple cider! Why not start out your meal with some hot cider with rum, honey and your favorite spices. You can also make a German favorite called Gluhwein (pronounced gloo-vine), which is a hot mulled wine with oranges, cloves, allspice and cinnamon. I can’t get enough of this stuff!
I’ve been eyeing this recipe for Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts for weeks in this month’s copy of Food and Wine. If you are serving a meat meal, just leave off the parmesan cheese! A perfect hearty and healthful dish for this time of year.
Shabbat Shalom, and happy eating!
Looking for some truly unique ideas to serve for Thanksgiving? I’ve had my eyes peeled for weeks looking for treats to wow.
Another innovative idea comes from the Queen of Butter herself, Paula Deen with these Sweet Potato Balls. Instead of the classic Thanksgiving dish of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, Paula’s recipe is an inside out version with gooey marshmallow in the middle.
And to finish off the meal, how about some homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream as an alternative to Pumpkin Pie! If you don’t have an ice cream maker, or just don’t feel like making ice cream (really, can’t blame you) just run to the store and pick some up such as Edy’s Pumpkin Ice Cream.
Have you found or made any inspiring, wow-factor dishes for Thanksgiving? We would love to hear about them!