Pumpkin Sausage Pizza
I know it’s not exactly “pumpkin season”; but for a woman who has a folder saved on her computer that solely contains pumpkin recipes, any time is pumpkin time! I have been toying with the idea of a pumpkin pizza for a while, but I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to approach it.
I have fond memories of a pasta dish with a pumpkin cream sauce, so I decided to go along that route and make a pizza with pumpkin sauce that was topped with sausage and cheese. Once I made up my mind about how I was going to use the pumpkin, my next challenge was to choose a cheese. I thought about fresh mozzarella, but it didn’t seem right for the overall flavor of the dish. Then it hit me – goat cheese. The slightly tart taste of the goat cheese goes well with the pumpkin sauce, and can stand up to the sausage.
With the idea mapped out, I embarked on the journey this past weekend. I found some pre-made pizza dough at the grocery store, so I didn’t have to make it from scratch (some times it is nice getting help from the store). Were I to do this all over again, I would roll the dough thinner, like a flatbread, as the dough over powered the rest of the flavors a little.
The sauce starts with sliced sage that is lightly fried in some olive oil. To that you add pumpkin puree (be careful when adding the pumpkin to the hot oil, it will make a LOT of noise), heavy cream, chicken stock and some spices. When making the sauce, there was something off about it – it tasted too pumpkin-y. I know what you’re thinking: It’s pumpkin sauce, shouldn’t it taste like pumpkin? The simple answer is yes, of course; but it tasted too much like raw pumpkin puree. In order to mellow out that raw taste, I added one teaspoon of sugar, just enough to round things out but not make it sweet.
The sauce simmers for a good 10-15 minutes for it to thicken; and while that was doing its thing, I browned the sausage and then rolled out the pizza dough. Again, I would recommend rolling the dough out as thin as you can without it tearing. When the sauce was finished I spread a layer on the dough, topped with the sausage and baked it for 7 minutes. After that initial time in the oven, I took the pizza out and added crumbled goat cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. Then I baked it for another 10 minutes.