Fancy Pizza Night

Most people go out on a Friday night - it's the start of the weekend and you can lie in on Saturday. What did I do? Made some delicious pizza with my fiance and watched an adorable movie on the couch. And after the week we've had, I have no regrets about staying in. We were out practically every night this week, so it was a well-deserved evening of rest. I think we were both pretty exhausted. Now Phil is off coaching a football (soccer) game, while I have spent the morning at bfm buying some lovely fish and veggies for dinner tonight. AND some spelt flour! Phil's lovely aunt and uncle bought us a bread maker for our engagement gift. I am so excited to use it - which is why I bought the spelt flour. Always wanted to make some yummy wheat-free bread without all the kneading and rising nonsense! It's like magic!

But it's really wonderful whenever the Isle of Wight guy shows up at the farmer's market. He's got a very weird and wonderful stall, with everything from homemade jars of chutney and jam to lovely fresh garlic to bags of flour. And the best part is - he's got spelt and gluten-free flours too! Love to shop locally :)

Anyway, on with last night's pizza combos. Oh man this was good. And FANCY. The ingredient choices were inspired by a recent visit to fire & stone, where they make a pizza with similar toppings (the "Melbourne"). We used ready-made whole wheat pizza bases - everything else I did from scratch. Phil used pesto and mozzarella on his - I had tomato paste and grated goat cheddar. And the result? Well you can't see me right now, but I'm doing that Italian thing where you kiss your fingertips and then release them and fan them out. Molto bene!

Sweet Potato, Sweet Onion, & Pine Nut Pizza

The following amounts make more than enough for 2 individual pizzas (mine's the one in the front below...)

The particulars:

  • 2 pizza crusts (homemade or readymade)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 or 7 plum tomatoes, halved
  • handful of pine nuts, toasted
  • handful of spinach leaves, washed and torn
  • 1 tbsp pesto OR tomato paste
  • handful of mozzarella, sliced OR goat cheddar, grated (or omit to make vegan - would still be yummy!!)
  1. Preheat the oven to a high heat - about 475F.
  2. Toss the sweet potato cubes on a roasting tray with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and put it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, until softened and slightly charred on the edges.
  3. Prepare the sweetened onions: cook them in some olive oil in a small saucepan until nicely softened, then add the brown sugar and balsamic and continue to cook until very wilted and reduced.
  4. Keep the oven on while you arrange the toppings on your pizza. I started with a spread of olive oil and tomato paste, followed by the sweet potato and sweet onions, then some pine nuts, tomatoes, a sprinkling of goat's cheese, and then some spinach leaves placed on top.
  5. On a thin baking tray, cook the pizzas in your oven for about 15 minutes - until cheese has melted and lightly browned.
  6. Slice up and serve!

Lesson learned: Even though I didn't make my own crust, this was still a gorgeous homemade pizza. Definitely using that combo again!