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Pumpkin and Balsamic Onion Pizza with Sage and Pine Nuts

Pumpkin and Balsamic Onion Pizza with Sage and Pine Nuts

Full of rich and beautifully balanced flavours, this autumn-inspired pizza from Andy Lees (@pizza48streetfood) is the perfect cosy treat. With tangy-sweet balsamic onions, creamy fior di latte, and nutty roast pumpkin. If you fancy, a sprinkle of crumbled blue goats cheese also works wonders to compliment the unique flavours in this pizza. 

Time
60 minutes active time, 2 hours total time

Yield
Makes 1x 12”/16” pizza

Equipment
Baking Tray
Ooni Pizza Oven
Ooni Infrared Thermometer
Ooni Pizza Peel

Ingredients
250/330 grams classic pizza dough
200 grams pumpkin / butternut squash peeled and cut into small wedges (makes enough for 3 - 4 pizzas)
1-2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Pinch Sea salt
1 medium red onion - peeled and finely sliced 
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
60 grams Fior di latte - Napoli cut
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts Extra virgin olive oil
Sage leaves - finely shredded 
Crumbled blue goats cheese, to taste (optional)

Method
Prepare your pizza dough ahead of time. Our guide to making the perfect Classic Pizza Dough covers everything you need to know.

Preheat your conventional oven to 220˚C. Toss the chopped pumpkin/butternut squash in olive oil, then place on a baking tray. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 40 minutes, rotating the tray halfway and turning the oven down to 180˚C for the final 20 minutes. Once cooked, remove and let cool completely.

Heat a splash of olive in a large frying pan, then add the sliced onions and let sweat on a low heat for 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning. After 30 minutes or so, the onions should be a lovely dark colour. Add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 5 mins. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Fire up your Ooni pizza oven. Aim for 500˚C on the stone baking board inside. You can check the temperature inside your Ooni quickly and easily using the Ooni Infrared Thermometer.

Using a small amount of flour, dust your Ooni pizza peel. Stretch the pizza dough ball out and lay it out on your pizza peel. First top with an even layer of cheese, then add as much of the roast pumpkin/squash as you like, Andy recommends around 12x 2cm chunks for a 12” pizza. Scatter the balsamic onions sparingly on top, and finish with an extra drizzle of olive oil. 

Slide the pizza off the peel and into your Ooni pizza oven. Cook for 1-2 minutes, making sure to rotate regularly to ensure an even cook. 

Remove the cooked pizza and transfer to a wooden board. To finish, top with toasted pine nuts, finely shredded sage and crumbled blue cheese (optional).

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