Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

It’s fall finally — time for soups, pot roasts and fall flavors.  I could eat butternut squash every single day.

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INGREDIENTS

Pizza Dough
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Toppings
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 cups cubed butternut squash (or pumpkin)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon chili powder, divided
4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
2 sweet onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup apple cider
1 large chipotle chile in adobo, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2-4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1 large bunch fresh sage
roasted pumpkin seeds, for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

Pizza Dough
    1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and honey. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in the flour and olive oil stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, on a floured surface, form the dough into a ball and work the additional 1/2 cup flour into the dough if needed. All of the mixing and kneading can also be done in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Next, rub the same bowl with olive oil, then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
To assemble
    1. About 40 minutes before the dough is done rising, start assembling the pizza. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.*
    2. In a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, honey and a pinch of salt and pepper.
    3. Spread the butternut squash on a parchment covered baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the squash and toss well to coat. Roast until tender, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring  halfway through. Remove and set aside.
    4. Meanwhile, caramelize the onions. Heat a large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat and cook bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but one tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan and then add the butter. Add the onions and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Slowly add the cider, let it cook into the onions, add more and let it cook some more. Do this until the 1 cup of cider is gone or the onions are caramelized to your liking and the cider has evaporated.
    5. In a bowl whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, chipotle chile pepper in adobo, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, cumin and a good pinch of salt + pepper.
    6. Once the pizza dough is ready, lightly flour a counter. Use your hands or a rolling pin to roll the dough out until you have a flattened disk. Place the pizzas on a greased baking sheet and then use your hands to gently tug, pull and push the pizza dough into your desired shape. Spread the chipotle olive oil mixture over the dough. Add the caramelized onions and half the roasted butternut squash. You may not want to use all onions if you feel like there is just too many. I used probably about 3/4 of the onions. Add the cheddar cheese and remaining butternut squash. Sprinkle with the blue cheese.
    7. Bake the pizza for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and top with crispy sage (below) and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Sage
  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add about 1/2 inch of olive oil. Once hot, add the sage leaves and cook 30 seconds per side. Remove from the pan and set aside. Serve over the pizza.

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