A while ago I decided to buy some sweet potatoes. They were never my favorite, but I know they’re good for you, and I was determined to find some relatively-healthy way to eat them and enjoy them. Then, while cleaning, I can across an old Food and Wine magazine that had a recipe for sweet potatoes ON A PIZZA! How awesome could THAT be?!
I’m posting the recipe here primarily because I did not copy the F&W version in some key ways. First, their recipe called for meat. Specifically, their recipe called for soppressata, which I have since learned is an Italian dried meat which looks quite a bit like salami. Also, their recipe called for oregano, which I not only did not have, but certainly do not think would go well with this pizza. The following version is surprisingly sweet, though; I think next time, I may just decide to make it a dessert and put some chocolate chips on there.
Sweet Potato Pizza
- 1 ball of whole wheat pizza dough
- Flour for rolling out the dough
- Fresh mozzarella (I took a 12 ounce log and cut it in half)
- One large white onion
- Balsamic vinegar
- Sweet potatoes
- Preheat oven to 375-400 degree range.
- Make mashed sweet potatoes. If you don’t know how to do THAT:
- (Option #1) Wash sweet potatoes, and skip to step 3.
- (Option #2) If you did not choose option #1, peel the sweet potatoes and proceed to step 3.
- Cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces. The more uniform the size, the better.
- Put sweet potatoes into pot of water.
- Boil the potatoes until they are soft and break apart when you “stir” them with a spoon.
- Drain the potatoes, and leave them in the pot.
- Add butter, and if you want, a little milk or cream to the pot.
- Using a hand-mixer or other equivalent device, mash the potatoes to the desired mashed-potato consistency.
- Glaze and caramelize the onion:
- Take the onion and chop it. It does not have to be diced.
- Take some butter and melt it in a skillet.
- Over medium heat, cook the onions until they are soft.
- Bump up the heat. Wait until the onions have started to caramelize, then add about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar. Reduce the heat slightly, but continue to stir and cook the onions until the balsamic vinegar has evaporated.
- Roll out the pizza dough
- Layer ingredients as follows: mashed sweet potatoes, balsamic glazed onions, mozzarella.
- Cook in over for approximately 15-20, or until done.
Again, this is a unique pizza, that probably–with very few, if any tweakings–could be made into a dessert. And, if nothing else, I have finally found a way to enjoy sweet potatoes.