As much as we all need to get more veggies and healthy foods in daily, no one wants to sacrifice taste. Or pizza. No one should sacrifice pizza, ever.
Enter this sweet potato onion pizza. Topped with onions, spinach, and a balsamic glaze, this pie offers a good serving of the ingredients your body needs along with the taste and feeling of comfort food that you love.
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1.5 cups water
- packet of instant rise yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- olive oil
- two large sweet potatoes
- 1/2 large yellow onion
- 1/2 cup spinach leaves
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Parmesan cheese (I tried out this vegan parm recipe from Minimalist Baker)
- 1 teaspoon thyme
Mix yeast, warm water water (100-110 degrees), and sugar in a large mixing bowl and let sit until the yeast is bubbly, up to 10 minutes. Add the flour, kneading until thoroughly mixed. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and leave in a warm place for one hour until it has doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Poke the sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until tender, in three minute increments (they will explode if over cooked – speaking from experience!), flipping them between. My sweet potatoes took 12 minutes total to cook. Scrape the potato from the skin and mash well with a fork.
Spray a medium sized pan with non-stick spray and sauté the onions in a tablespoon of water over medium heat until tender and translucent.
Prepare the balsamic glaze by pouring the balsamic vinegar into a small sauce pan over medium-high heat and whisking in the brown sugar until it is dissolved. Bring to a boil, then allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes or until it has thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool (I poured mine into this bottle and refrigerated – makes it very easy to create a pretty drizzle!).
When the dough is ready, split it in half – the second can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for a future pizza on a busy night! On your pizza stone or pan, spread out the dough to the desired thickness and spoon the mashed sweet potato on, spreading it out across the dough. Tear up the spinach leaves and layer on top of the sweet potato, and sprinkle the onions on top.
Bake the pizza for 18-22 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from the oven, and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top, sprinkle with Parmesan, and top with about 1 teaspoon thyme.