|Baking an Autumn Pizza: 5 Seasonal Pizza Toppings to Try|
|Written by Kimberley Stakal|
It’s movie night, and you’re passing on delivery pizza to make the good stuff from scratch right at home. This fall, try out any of these five seasonal ingredients for your autumn pizza. Now all you need is a side salad, tall glass of cider, and scary movie to complete the evening …
Ripe, jammy figs bring the sweetest of earthy fall flavors to the table. Slice the figs into ¼-inch rounds and place them directly over your sauce of choice, then top with desired cheeses.
Pairs with these cheeses: Dots of goat or ricotta cheese, or with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Use sliced persimmon fruits as you would pears or figs on a pizza—pair them with soft cheeses and salty meats. Keep in mind that persimmons have an apple-meets-tomato flavor, so unless they’re incredibly ripe, they won’t deliver a terrible amount of sweetness to your pizza.
Pairs with these cheeses: Dots of goat or ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, or blue cheese.
To compose your pear pizza, consider ingredients you might use if making a salad with pears—white cheeses, woody herbs, and toasty nuts. These same ingredients are just as at home together atop a warm, bubbly pizza.
Pairs with these cheeses: Gorgonzola, goat, shredded mozzarella, Pecorino, or blue cheese.
Fennel is one of the main spices used in Italian sausage, which is a common topping for pizza, so its flavors are right at home here. Slice fennel and add it to any pizza you like, especially those with spicy flavors, basil, or salty meats.
Pairs with these cheeses: Use any pizza cheese you’re in the mood for—will match both traditional melty cheeses and the softer ones.
For the ultimate fall pizza, roast pumpkin cubes until softened, then use with your toppings. Think purely autumnal foods here—all ingredients in season from September until November should match your pumpkin well.
Pairs with these cheeses: Ricotta, mozzarella, Fontina, or feta cheese.