Sweet Potato Pizza Time

When I was a kid, I hated pizza. I thought tomatoes were gross and vegetable toppings were not for me and the cheese couldn’t compare to the completely natural, unprocessed glory of Kraft singles.  How times have changed. Now pizza is one of my favorite things to make from scratch, and I love the opportunity to get creative with it.

Enter my latest endeavor: Sweet Potato/Onion/Rosemary/Ricotta Pizza! Oh man you guys, this was good. I got the recipe from Real Simple and added my own twists, substituting the Parmesan cheese with Ricotta and making my own honey wheat dough. You too can make pizza magic – follow me on this epic journey.


Sweet Potato/Onion/Rosemary Pizza

Definitely makes enough for 3-4 people, depending on how hungry you all are.


Step One: The Dough

Make it or buy it, my friends. I can tell you that making your own dough gives you a great sense of satisfaction and a healthy dose of smugness. As I mentioned, I made honey wheat dough. Recipe at Crunchy Domestic Goddess. I used three cups of flour all together, half whole wheat and half all purpose. I just ended up adding a little more oil to get a good consistency.

The honey wheat dough is great for this pizza – it balances out the flavor of the onions and rosemary really well.


Step Two: The Pizza

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough, obviously
  • About 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced – I used a sweet onion
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1ish tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • As many dollops of ricotta cheese as your heart desires
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 475° F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent, just a few minutes.
  3. Using a baking sheet is fine if you’re like me and have yet to invest in a fancy pizza stone. Roll out the dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet. You’ll want a nice, even crust.
  4. Assemble that pizza! Spread your sauteed onions out over the dough. Layer the sweet potato slices however you want them and then evenly sprinkle the rosemary. Dollop ricotta cheese all over the place. Drizzle the pizza with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and generously season with your salt and pepper.
  5. Bake 16-18 minutes – the edges should be crispy and brown and your kitchen should smell heavenly.

It’s as easy as that! The end result:

I am pretty and delicious.

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Bittman Asks Why We’re Eating Less Meat

Allow me to draw your attention to a great piece in the New York Times from Mark Bittman about one of the most treasured of all American pastimes: meat consumption.

We’re Eating Less Meat. Why?

It’s a great article (most articles from Bittman are, check out his site here). In it, Bittman attempts to explain why meat and poultry consumption in the U.S. is projected to be about 12.2% less in 2012 than it was in 2007. Bittman is not himself a vegetarian – he is the author of How to Cook Everything, after all – just an advocate of a more mindful, sensible approach to cooking and eating.

So why are we eating less meat? There are lots of factors, but he thinks it mostly comes down to consumers wanting to eat less meat. Imagine that! I can say that in my experience with friends and family this is definitely the case. There seems to be an enhanced awareness that meat doesn’t have to be the center of attention at every meal.

Anyways, check out the article, it’s a great read for carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, flexitarians, fruitarians, utilitarians – whatever floats your boat.

What about you? Do you feel like you eat less meat now than in previous years? If so, why do you think that is?

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Back to the Blog!

In a bold, original move I have decided to take up blogging again in the New Year. I know that you’ve been anxiously anticipating a new blog post from me, so I apologize – I don’t know how you’ve survived these past two months!

I’ll have a few new posts up this week. In the meantime, take a look at the photo below of my existential crisis in the cheese aisle of Whole Foods. What’s a girl to do? Is it an “Extra” or “Seriously” kind of night?

2011's Greatest Decision

In case you were curious, I went with Extra. I didn’t think I was quite ready for Seriously.

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