Pumpkin Pizza

Who needs Halloween candy when you have this pumpkin pizza, topped with Italian turkey sausage, mushrooms, olives, and oodles of cheese?

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Oct 31 2017, 11:00pm

"There's nothing scarier than a bad meal."

Servings: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients
1 medium-sized pumpkin
1 ball of pre-made pizza dough
Corn meal, for dusting
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 tablespoon roughly chopped oregano
2 cups shredded mozzarella
4 oz. brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 lb ground Italian turkey sausage
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, slivered
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 small handful roughly chopped sage and thyme
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Fresh thyme, sage and oregano for garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1. To prepare the pumpkin, preheat oven to 325° F. Clean out pumpkin and cut into 3" x 5" chunks. Place skin-side up on a baking tray, add 1 cup of water and tent with aluminum foil. Bake for 1-2 hours, or until softened. Let cool. Scoop flesh from a few of the chunks into a large mixing bowl, mash coarsely, and drain excess water.

2. To prepare the pizza, preheat oven to 400° with pizza stone. Take dough out of the refrigerator and allow it to rest at room temperature on a floured surface for 20 minutes. Roll out dough and lay on pizza paddle (if using) dusted with corn meal. Pinch up the crust.

3. To pumpkin and mix, add chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and 1 tablespoon roughly chopped oregano. Spread pumpkin mixture over dough like a sauce, then top with mozzarella, shredded mushrooms, ground turkey sausage, Kalamata olives, blue cheese, a small handful of roughly chopped sage and thyme, and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and transfer to a hot pizza stone. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

From How-To: Make Pumpkin Pizza with Thom Beers