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Author Notes: Our family has made Sunday dinner into homemade pizza night and we like trying new and unique toppings. I got the idea for using sweet potato on pizza from a restaurant in our area that uses only local ingredients found in-season. We have also tried a variation of this with acorn squash. —essikes
Makes 8 slices
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup very hot water
- 3/4 ounce active dry yeast
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In small bowl, combine yeast, sugar and 1 teaspoon of flour with water. Stir until dissolved. Cover and set aside for about 15 minutes until mixture is frothy and bubbly. In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, salt, oil. Add yeast mixture and stir well.
- Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well until dough begins to form and pulls away from the side of the bowl. The amount of flour can vary. But it generally takes me 2-2 1/2 cups to get a nice dough, then I will use another 1/2 cup to coat the countertop for kneading.
- Once dough has formed, remove from bowl onto a flour covered surface. Dust hands with flour and knead dough thoroughly for about 5 minutes. One technique is to continually flatten dough, fold once or twice and flatten again. You'll develop your own technique. The important thing is to work the dough well.
- Form dough into ball and place in a large, bowl that has been coated with olive oil. Turn dough ball once to lightly coat surface with oil. Cover bowl with a towel and set aside for about 1 hour or until dough has risen enough to double in size.
- This recipe will provide enough dough for two pizzas. After dough has risen, cut in half. The other half can be used for a second pizza or it can be frozen for later use. If you freeze the dough, remove from freezer and set out until it warms to room temperature.
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1/2 pound sausage
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1 cup tomato or pizza sauce
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella or your choice)
- Heat oven to 350. Peel sweet potato and dice into medium chunks. In small baking dish, drizzle a bit of olive oil, toss in diced sweet potato and season with salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until not quite cooked all the way through. Set aside.
- In skillet, brown sausage slightly over medium heat. Drain and set aside.
- Heat oven to 425. On a pizza stone or coated cookie sheet, roll out pizza dough. Work from middle and stretch outward toward edges, using a rolling pin to evenly distribute the dough.
- Spread sauce on dough with a large spoon.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese, sausage, sweet potatoes, and goat cheese pieces onto pizza.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese begins to brown around outer edge.
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