Oh, No! Not another pizza!!

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.

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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
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375-400 degree range.
  2. Make mashed sweet potatoes. If you don’t know how to do THAT:
    1. (Option #1) Wash sweet potatoes, and skip to step 3.
    2. (Option #2) If you did not choose option #1, peel the sweet potatoes and proceed to step 3.
    3. Cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces. The more uniform the size, the better.
    4. Put sweet potatoes into pot of water.
    5. Boil the potatoes until they are soft and break apart when you “stir” them with a spoon.
    6. Drain the potatoes, and leave them in the pot.
    7. Add butter, and if you want, a little milk or cream to the pot.
    8. Using a hand-mixer or other equivalent device, mash the potatoes to the desired mashed-potato consistency.
  3. Glaze and caramelize the onion:
    1. Take the onion and chop it. It does not have to be diced.
    2. Take some butter and melt it in a skillet.
    3. Over medium heat, cook the onions until they are soft.
    4. 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.
  4. Roll out the pizza dough
  5. Layer ingredients as follows: mashed sweet potatoes, balsamic glazed onions, mozzarella.
  6. 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.

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