A tangy-sweet pumpkin sauce is the surprising base of this pizza topped with shallots, grapes and, naturally, mozzarella.
Serve this creative and flavorful pizza for your next girls' night—the simple recipe even makes enough pumpkin sauce to freeze for your next get-together.
step 1Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
step 2In a large, nonstick skillet over low heat add the olive oil and 3 Tablespoons water. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 20 to 25 minutes.
step 3Meanwhile, in a medium-size pot over medium heat combine the pumpkin puree, 1 cup water, cider vinegar, rosemary, salt and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and cook until heated through and thickened slightly (about 5 to 7 minutes). Set aside to cool.
step 4Place the pizza crust in the oven directly on the middle rack, top side down. Cook for 3 minutes. Carefully remove the crust. Spread about half of the pumpkin sauce over the top of the pizza crust (save the rest for another pizza or to use as a pasta sauce). Distribute half of the mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Distribute the shallots over the cheese and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the shallots. Place the pizza in the oven directly on the oven rack and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the mozzarella melts.
step 5Using a large spatula and oven mitts, carefully remove the pizza. Place the pizza on a large cutting board. Sprinkle the arugula and grapes evenly over the pizza. Cut and serve warm.
This recipe makes a double batch of the delicious pumpkin sauce. Save the rest of the sauce in a Ziploc® Brand Container with the Smart Snap™ Seal
. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for a month.
If your family makes pizza a lot, investing in a pizza peel and a pizza stone will help you get pizzeria-quality results. A peel is a flat wooden board with a handle that lets you easily slide pizzas into and out of the oven. And a pizza stone is flat piece of unglazed ceramic that rests on the oven rack. You can cook the pizza directly on it for a crisper crust.
VariationSeedless green grapes can be used instead of red.