Welcome Fall in with this Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Ricotta, and Butternut Squash Pizza!
A new pizza recipe is always a good idea as far as I’m concerned. And this Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Ricotta, and Butternut Squash Pizza is a great idea. Jammy, sweet, and savory are what you will experience when you bite into this baby.
Now, what makes a great pizza is not only flavor but a good dough. We have a few options here. My recommendations would be to make your own or buy a premade dough. I used to live down the street from the cutest Italian grocery and I could just pick up a pound of pizza dough and call it day. Even if they don’t advertise this, it’s worth an ask. Now that I live in suburbia nation- that that reality is a fleeting thought, but it just is a good excuse to whip up my own batch. Which is what I did for this Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Ricotta, and Butternut Squash Pizza. See the pizza dough recipe I use below recipe slightly adapted from NY Times.
’00’ Pizza Dough Recipe:
150 grams of “00” flour
160 grams of bread flour (or ap)
203 grams of lukewarm water
3 grams of active dry yeast
4 grams Olive oil
8 grams of fine sea salt
8 grams of honey
In a stand mixing bowl with dough hook, add flour and salt. Whisk together to combine
In a small mixing bowl, add yeast, lukewarm water, honey, and oil. Whisk to combine.
Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix on low until the dough comes together.
Rest the dough for 15 minutes and knead on medium high for 5-10 minutes. Dough will be a bit tacky. Cut in half. Shape into balls and let rest and rise for 3-4 hours on the counter. (You can do this overnight with a fridge)
Stretch the dough into a pizza shape and top with your favorite topping. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden!
Want more Pizza Recipes?! Check these out:
Spinach Artichoke Sheet Pan Pizza
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Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Ricotta, and Butternut Squash Pizza
Fall pizza recipe coming up! This Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Ricotta, and Butternut Squash Pizza is jammy, sweet, and savory. Perfect for Pizza night!
- 1 lb Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade, see recipe above in blog post for the homemade dough I use)
- 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
- Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 cup Butternut Squash, diced
- 3 Sweet Onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 cup, Shredded Mozzarella
- 8 Ounces Ricotta Cheese
- 12- Ounces of Bacon, cooked and chopped
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Honey for drizzling on top
- Optional: Red Chili Flakes
If you are preparing homemade dough, do this first and allow to rise while you prepare the toppings. The pizza dough will need about 3 hours to rise. If you are using store bought, or pre-prepared dough, just follow the instructions you were provided.
Now it's time to prep the toppings. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook Bacon on a sheet pan for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through. Remove from pan and chop up.
In a bowl toss diced butternut squash in olive oil, salt and pepper and roast until golden. (I always do extra and eat throughout the week). This can take 15-35 minutes depending on how big they are cut.
While the butternut squash is cooking, caramelize the onions. Add sliced onion and butter to a pan and continue to cook while stirring. this process will take 30-45 minutes. Once they are jammy, sprinkle in brown sugar and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
When the pizza dough is ready, higher the oven temp to 450 degrees. You can use a lined sheet pan, cast iron pan, or a pizza stone. Stretch out dough to 2 12- in circles. Place stretched dough on to cooking medium. Be sure to evenly distribute toppings between the two doughs. In the middle, add olive oil and minced garlic. Add caramelized onions. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Add in dollops of ricotta. Top with chopped bacon, butternut squash. Add oil to crust. Bake for 12-15 minutes. When the pizza is done cooking and your crust is golden. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle some thyme, and if you want to add red pepper flakes do so now.
*This recipe makes 2- 12 inch Pizzas. Each dough should be a half of a pound.