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Caramelised Onion, Sweet Potato and Chickpea Pizza

 This easy to make homemade pizza is topped with tender slices of sweet potato, chickpeas, spinach and rich caramelised onion. It is a healthier take on traditional pizza, that will leave you satisfied.



My family is crazy for pizza. I'm sure if they could, my son and my SO would eat pizza everyday. There is just something about a nice chewy crust, tart tomato sauce and salty cheese, that just tastes like heaven. While I enjoy a good slice of pizza, I also love to make non traditional pizzas and rarely order traditional pepperoni and cheese for myself. This pizza came about when I wanted something a little different during our homemade pizza night. Since I am not a big meat eater, I decided on a meatless pizza. This recipe can easily become vegan, by using your favourite vegan cheese, rather than mozzarella.

I've always been a fan of sweet and salty flavour combinations, so I love sweet caramelised onion with cheese. I knew I wanted onions as my base and since I had a leftover baked sweet potato, I decided to thinly slice it, adding it to my pizza as well. Wanting protein, I also decided on buttery chickpeas; one of my all time favourite foods. The result was an addictive, sweet and salty combination of flavours.


Equipment needed for this recipe

  • stand mixer or bread machine (if desired)
  • large bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • 1 14" pizza pan (I used a pizza stone)
  • skillet
  • sharp knife

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Pizza

2 large onions, thinly sliced
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
a pinch of salt and pepper
1 small cooked sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
1 C cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 C frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded (or favourite vegan cheese)
1 Tbs fresh thyme, chopped


Crust:
2 to 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 C whole wheat pastry flour
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) Rapid Rise Yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1 C very warm water (120 to 130 F)
2 Tbs olive oil
Cornmeal


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In large bowl, combine 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, undissolved yeast, and salt. Stir very warm water and olive oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to make soft, but not sticky, dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes. Lightly oil round pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Shape dough into smooth ball and roll dough to fit pan.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the onion, toss to coat and cook until the onions start to become a nice golden colour; about 15 minutes. Add the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper; cook for a few minutes more, until nicely golden brown. Spread caramelised onion over rolled out pizza dough.

Place sweet potato slices over caramelised onion and sprinkle with chickpeas and spinach. Season with desired amount of crushed red pepper.  Toss mozzarella cheese with thyme and sprinkle over toppings. Bake for 15-20 minutes; until crust is golden brown around the edges.

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Comments

  1. My family would love this new take on their favorite! Definitely going to try this. Thanks!

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  2. Superb flavor in this nontraditional vegetarian pizza, I loved it!

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  3. I simply LOVE non-traditional flavors on pizza. This looks so amazing - can't wait to give it a try!

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  4. Wow. I have no words how good this pizza is! I never thought about using sweet potato on a pizza and it works so well here!

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  5. My husband loves pizza and sweet potatoes. I’m sure if I made this for dinner I wouldn’t even get a slice 😂 I’d have to hide a couple slices first!

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  6. I like this healthy pizza, good ideas 😄

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  7. thanks for including a vegan option, looks so good and yummy!

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  8. Looks good! We also like homemade pizza. As a matter of fact, we had homemade pizza last night.

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  9. All the ingredients that I love. I'm going to have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos blog party.

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  10. I have been craving pizza lately and I might have to make this! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Wow. That looks heavenly, I'd love to try this!

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