Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Apple, Sausage and Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pizza

I wanted to make another version of the pumpkin pizza since the dough recipe makes two pizzas.  This combination is more similar to Joanne's version.  I topped mine with apple, sausage, caramelized onions and goat cheese.  

Like last night's version, I love the combination of something sweet like apples with something really salty and savory like blue cheese or goat cheese and bacon or sausage.  I, of course, prefer this version since it has goat cheese on it.  

Apple, Sausage and Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pizza

for pumpkin pizza dough (makes 2 pizzas):
1 tbsp yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp salt
3 cups white flour
3 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

for one pizza:
1/3 lb of sausage
1 small onion, sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
1 tbsp of olive oil
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled

In a bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the yeast, 3/4 cup water, and the brown sugar. Let sit for about five minutes or until it starts foaming. While the yeast is proofing, in a small microwave safe bowl, combine butter, salt, and 3/4 cup water. Heat mixture in microwave until the butter is melted. Let it cool until you can stick your finger in it without getting burned. Pour this into the yeast mixture. With paddle attachment, mix everything on low for a few seconds. Add pumpkin puree and mix on low until combined. Add all the white flour. Mix on low until well combined.

Switch to a dough hook and add most of wheat flour. Start on low until well combined and then increase speed. Continue to mix and add flour until dough pulls away from the sides and is mostly stuck to the dough hook. Cover the bowl of the stand mixer with a damp paper towel and allow the dough to rise until doubled, about one hour.

Place pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 475.

Cook sausage in a skillet until browned. Rinse and dry skillet. Add some olive oil and caramelize onion slices, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from pan and add more olive oil and apple slices. Cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Remove from pan and set aside.

After the dough has risen, cut off half of it. Sprinkle the half with flour and mold it into a ball. Place on a clean surface that's covered in flour and roll out to a desired thickness. Place dough in oven on the pizza stone, and prebake for two minutes.

Brush prebaked crust with olive oil and top with apple slices, caramelized onions, sausage, and goat cheese. Slide onto pizza stone and bake for about 10 minutes or until the bottom of the crust is golden brown.

(Servings: 6, Prep time: 75 min., Cook time: 20 min., Difficulty: Easy)

foodforscot Ratings:

Shanon (taste):  8/10
Scot (taste):  9/10
Effort:  4/5
Dishwashing Effort:  3/5


  1. Both look lovely, but I too am a sucker for goat cheese! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

  2. I love the sound of Joanne's pumpkin pizza dough! Such great toppings you've chosen too, I love sausage paired with something sweet.