Homemade Pizza with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Savory Sweet Potato Sauce

It’s hard to beat homemade pizza. You know how people joke about having an extra stomach for dessert? Not me. I’m certain my extra stomach is for homemade pizza.

My mom has mastered the art and this dough recipe is all hers. We normally make her delicious tomato sauce as well, but this time we were trying to clean out the pantry… So I created this creamy, savory sweet potato sauce. Definitely a new favorite.

Homemade Pizza with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Savory Sweet Potato Sauce

Homemade Pizza with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Savory Sweet Potato Sauce

Homemade Pizza with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Savory Sweet Potato Sauce

Yield: 2 medium pizzas

Crust:

1 Tbsp. active dry yeast

1 ¼ cups warm water (110 – 115 degrees)

1 Tbsp. Honey

½ tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 ¼ cups whole wheat flour

Sweet Potato Pizza Sauce:

2 medium sweet potatoes, cooked (either in the oven for 45 minutes or the microwave for 8 minutes)

½ cup cashew cream (recipe found at the bottom of this recipe)

1 cup almond milk

3 cloves garlic

½ tsp. thyme

½ tsp. rosemary

½ tsp. sage

½ tsp. salt

Dash of cayenne

Dash of chipotle

Dash of allspice

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Toppings:

1 onion

1 Tbsp butter

1 ½ cups chopped mushrooms

½ bunch kale

Juice of ½ a lemon

½ bell pepper, chopped

Cheese of your choice (I used sparing amounts of mozzarella and parmesan)

Directions:

Preheat a baking stone at 450 for one hour while you make the crust and assemble the pizza.

In a small bowl, dissolve the honey and yeast in the warm water and let rest about 5 minutes.  Combine 3 cups of the flour, salt, yeast mixture, and oil in a large mixer bowl.  Knead in mixer or with hands for about 5 minutes. If the dough is sticky, continue kneading while gradually adding just enough of the remaining ¼ cup flour for the dough to lose its stickiness.  If the dough is dry and crumbly, add warm water, a tablespoon at a time, until it is smooth and elastic.

Cover the dough and let rise for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your sauce and toppings.

First off, your onion needs to start caramelizing. Chop the onion into small strips and it with the butter to a medium skillet. Cook on medium heat for about 40 minutes, until soft and golden brown.

While your onion cooks: in a medium mixing bowl, mash together all of the sauce ingredients until it is smooth and blended.

Wash and chop your kale. Place it in a medium mixing bowl and add in your lemon juice. Massage the kale for about five minutes, until it has gotten softer and begun to wilt.

Back to your dough: Gently press the air bubbles out of the dough.  Divide the dough in half.  On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 12-14 inch round.  While rolling the dough, pick it up and turn it over several times to stretch it.  Place the dough round on a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel; turn the outer edge under and flute.

Assemble your pizza! Put a light sprinkle of cheese on the bottom, cover with half of your sauce, add your veggies (kale first to keep it from burning), and sprinkle your choice of cheese on top.

Slip onto your preheated stone in the oven and bake until crust is golden, about 10 minutes (bake the second pizza for 11 minutes).

We love to sprinkle Texas Gunpowder or red pepper flakes over our pizza once it’s served. Enjoy!

Homemade Pizza with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Savory Sweet Potato Sauce

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