I’m not, even for a second, suggesting that I don’t LOVE my pizza dough. I DO! But I also love inventing new dough recipes. It’s incredibly fun to experiment with new ingredients and make pizza dough gluten-free, or use veggies like cauliflower or zucchini, or as is the case here, sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes lend a…well….a SWEETNESS to this dough. It’s especially nice paired with something salty on top, like prosciutto or chorizo.
But you can also dress it like you would a sweet potato: brown butter or cinnamon or maple syrup. So fabulous!
I’m going to give you topping suggestions for using this dough along the way, but the first step is getting you to make it.
Finally, since you “par-bake” this dough (par-bake is a fancy term that means “to partially bake”) it’s a great food prep item. You can prepare in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to three days before using them. OR you can freeze them for 2 months. Defrost fully, top and bake!
Why you want to make this dough:
- It works with salty or sweet flavors. Or both!
- It’s a great way to work nutritious carbohydrates into your kids’ diet (and your own)
- You can make it gluten-free
- It’s a fun orange color!
Why you don’t want to make this dough:
- I can’t think of anything. So let’s get going!
This dough recipe is a delicious way to add some healthy starches to your pizza dough. This recipe also uses whole wheat flour, but you could make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free pizza dough mix instead of flour. This dough pairs well with toppings like
- First, prepare the sweet potatoes.
- Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Peel, dice, the sweet potatoes and then place them in the boiling water until soft, about 20 minutes. Alternately, you can use your InstantPot to cook the potatoes, if you have one.
- Drain and then mash the sweet potato in a large bowl.
- Allow to the sweet potatoes to cool, then add the milk, olive oil, and salt. Mix well.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, dust your hands with flour, and gently knead the dough. You can add a little more flour as you go if things get very sticky. But it should be slightly sticky.
- Separate the dough into 4 equal parts and form into balls.
- Heat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and press one of the dough balls in the center. Press out from the middle of the ball, forming a flat, round disc (about 8-10” in diameter). Bake for 10 minutes, until mostly cooked.
- You will bake it again later, once you have added the toppings.
- Mash up the cooked sweet potatoes
- Mix up the dough
- Press the dough into rounds on the baking sheet
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