As you may know, pizza is one of my favorite foods. However, sometimes I need a break from the routine toppings. My husband tends to dictate a regular style pizza with sauce, cheese, pineapples and onions as the go-to style. But, he's not always calling the shots in the kitchen, is he?
I decided on night that I wanted a heartier pizza. Caramelized onions and goat cheese make a nice pizza topping, so I thought why not make it more like a potato tart, and top it with sweet potatoes too? It turned out pretty well. It did take some time to pre-cook the potatoes and onions, but with a purchased pizzeria-fresh dough it wasn't too much work.
The flavor was mild and sweet. You'd need a good vinegar-y salad to go with this, as it is quite bland and begs for greenery.
Sweet Potato Pizza with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions
1 pizza dough, stretched/rolled out (your favorite dough, store-bought or homemade)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 T butter
pinch of sugar
4-6 oz goat cheese (chevre), crumbled
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
sea salt & black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Peel sweet potatoes and slice into 1/4" rounds. Leave the rounds intact in potato shape and place on a square of tinfoil on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and seal the tinfoil around the potato. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour until just barely tender through. You want it almost cooked, not quite done. Remove and set aside with the wrapping open to cool.
3. Stretch the dough on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and garlic powder. Pre-bake the dough for about 5-7 minutes, until it becomes crusty on top instead of doughy. Remove from oven and raise heat to 450F.
4. In a sauté pan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook slowly, stirring, until tender and browned, about 15 minutes. Add a pinch of sugar if you like them sweeter.
5. Spread onions evenly over pre-baked pizza crust. Top with sweet potato slices. Season with sea salt, pepper and herbs. Crumble goat cheese over the top, evenly distributed. Bake until browned, about 8-10 minutes.