Pumpkin Pizza Wreath

The newest great recipe we have discovered is a pizza pumpkin wreath. Not only is it delicious, but it also looks nice. After we had it for the first time, Shawn said, “I think that’s a having-people-over recipe.” In our house, that’s the highest rating I can get. I made it for a staff lunch potluck on the last day before the Christmas Break, and again, beaming, I accepted any and all praise bestowed upon it.

Here you go.

Just be warned: eating homemade pizza can be very tiring. (Note the pizza crust in Nevin’s hand in the above picture. Falling asleep in the middle of dinner is another great thing we can all add to the list of “why its better to be a kid.”)

Pumpkin Pizza Wreath
(from Going Home to Roost – this is one of my favourite blogs, and the pictures that go along with this recipe are fantastic)
whole wheat pizza crust dough
2 cups of roasted pumpkin puree
1 cup onions
1 tbs butter
1 crispy apple (like fuji, honey crisp, etc); chopped
2 cups of fresh spinach
1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese (vegan: daiya cheese)
~ ½ tsp garlic powder*
~ ½ tsp dried thyme*
4 tbs olive oil
* the original recipe recommends sage and oregano as seasoning

1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a frying pan. Caramelize the onions. You’ll know they are ready when they are golden and translucent.
2. Preheat oven to 400*F.
3. Roll out the dough into a very long rectangle on a piece of lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Imagine the dough in lengthwise thirds. The middle third will be the bottom of your pizza and the backbone of your wreath. The top third and bottom third will serve as the ribs the will be wrapped over your toppings, like ribs. Slice vertical stripes about 1 inch apart along the top third of your dough. Repeat along the bottom of the dough.
4. On the middle third, spread the pumpkin puree. Sprinkle the garlic powder and thyme on top. Spread the onions on top of the pumpkin. Next, spread the apples, then the spinach and, finally, the cheese.
5. Now, cover the toppings with the dough strips. It looks quite nice if you criss-cross, or “braid”, the strips.
6. The trickiest part is next: take the two ends and move them towards each other to make the circle shape of a wreath. Squish the two ends together.
7. Transfer the parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the dough is golden brown.

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