a cozy winter burrata pizza full of sautéed fennel & mushrooms, spinach, and pistachio chili honey
olive oil, as needed
1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced
½ lb cremini or shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and halved
kosher salt, as needed
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 red fresno chili pepper, thinly sliced
¼ tsp fennel seeds
½ cup chopped pistachios
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
¼ cup honey
24 oz pizza dough, cut in half
½ lb shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large ball burrata cheese
2 handfuls fresh spinach
Preheat the oven to 500°F. Place two sheet pans upside down in the oven to pre-heat. The bottom of the sheet pans will be the surface you cook the pizzas on.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced fennel. Sauté until golden brown and tender. Season with a pinch of salt.
Transfer the fennel to a plate and repeat with the mushrooms.
Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the shallot and chili peppers. Let sauté until caramelized. Stir in the fennel seeds and pistachios. Cook for another minute. Add the white wine vinegar and honey. Bring the mixture to a bubble and simmer for a couple of minutes, until the honey has slightly reduced. Set aside.
On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough into a 10” circle. Rub enough olive oil onto the dough to fully cover the surface.
Carefully transfer one of the hot sheet pans out of the oven onto the counter. Use a lightly floured pizza peel to transfer one of the pieces of dough to the sheet pan. Top the pizza with half of the mozzarella cheese. Break half of the burrata into pieces over top and season the cheese with a pinch of salt. Finish with a handful of spinach, half of the vegetables, and half of the pistachio chili honey mixture across the pizza. (*Be careful while assembling the pizza as the sheet pan will be hot.)
Repeat with the second piece of dough and remaining ingredients.
Bake the pizzas for about 12 minutes until the dough is cooked through, the crust is golden, and the cheese is bubbling. Cut each pizza into 4-6 slices.