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Pizza with Butternut Squash, Wild Mushrooms and Artichoke Sauce

Combining butternut squash and wild mushrooms, this vegetarian pizza is perfect for fall and winter gatherings. The recipe was created for the Breville pizza maker. To bake the pizza in a standard oven, place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C). Roll out the dough as directed below, but don’t prick it with a fork. Add the toppings and bake on the pizza stone for 10 to 12 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch
      (12-mm) dice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb. (250 g) assorted wild mushrooms, trimmed and sliced or
      torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 batch thin-crust pizza dough (see related recipe at left)
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) artichoke and garlic pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (8 oz./250 g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 16 to 20 small fresh sage leaves (optional)

Directions:

Preheat a Breville pizza maker on the preheat setting for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the butternut squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and just tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl.

Return the pan to medium-high heat and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until browned and tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a separate bowl.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough into a 10-inch (25-cm) round. Prick the dough all over with the tines of a fork. Transfer the dough to a floured pizza peel. Spread half of the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch (12-mm) border uncovered. Top with half each of the cheese, butternut squash and mushrooms. Scatter 8 to 10 sage leaves on top.

Transfer the pizza to the pizza maker. Bake on the classic setting according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the crust is crisp and the cheese is lightly browned, 10 to 11 minutes.

Using the pizza peel, transfer the pizza to a cutting board. Preheat the pizza maker again, assemble the remaining pizza and bake on the classic setting. Cut the pizza into slices and serve immediately. Makes two 10-inch (25-cm) pizzas.

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