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Harissa-spiced Sweet Potato Pizza

Harissa-spiced Sweet Potato Pizza

When you’re making sweet potato casserole this Thanksgiving, roast a few extra potatoes so you can treat yourself to this pizza. With harissa-spiked tomato sauce, toasted pine nuts and quick-pickled red onions, our spiced pie makes a great appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast (or an excellent way to use up leftovers). And did we mention it just so happens to be vegan?

Here, harissa powder, a North African smoked pepper spice blend, is mixed into our tomato base and forms the base of this pizza’s  flavour profile. When making your spiced sauce, feel free to increase the amount of harissa, depending on your personal spice tolerance. (The same goes for the hot peppers.) We like serranos for their color and flavour, but you can calm things down with jalapeños or turn up the volume on the spice by substituting habaneros. 

With something this punchy and flavourful around, you won’t miss the traditional sugar-laden casserole.

This recipe appears in Taking Thanksgiving Classics for a Spin and features our Quick-Pickled Red OnionsFind more Thanksgiving recipes here.

1 hour 30 minutes

toppings for four 12” pizzas

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Ooni Pizza Turning Peel
Ooni Pizza Cutter Wheel or Pizza Cutter Rocker Blade 
Ooni Pizza Dough Scraper

4x 250-gram dough balls

For the toppings
100 grams pine nuts
1 serrano pepper, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
100 grams Pickled Red Onions
flat Italian parsley leaves, to garnish

For the potatoes
1 large sweet potato
10 grams extra-virgin olive oil
5 grams fine sea salt

For the sauce
320 grams crushed tomatoes
10 grams fine sea salt
10 grams harissa powder
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza

This recipe would suit a variety of pizza styles, but we think our Classic Pizza Dough would be a great fit. Make sure to prepare your dough ahead of time to ensure it rises at room temperature before firing up your oven.

Preheat your home oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the pine nuts on a small cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until the nuts are fragrant and golden.  Remove from the oven and let cool, then roughly chop.

Increase the temperature of your home oven to 425°F (218°C). Rub the sweet potato with olive oil and salt and roast until completely soft, about 45 minutes. Let cool, then peel and crumble the potato into small chunks.
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato PizzaTo make the sauce, add the tomatoes, salt and harissa powder to a bowl and mix until well combined. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding more harissa if you want extra heat.

Preheat your pizza oven to 900°F (485°C). Place a dough ball on your lightly floured work surface and push the air from the center out toward the edge using your fingers. Stretch the dough out into a 12-inch round base, then lay the stretched dough over your lightly floured pizza peel or countertop.
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza
Spread 80 grams of sauce on as the base of the pizza, then top with sliced serranos, garlic, and sweet potato chunks.
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza
Launch the pizza in the oven and cook for 60 to 90 seconds, turning to ensure an even bake. Remove from the oven and place on a cutting board.
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza
Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato PizzaGarnish with pickled red onions, toasted pine nuts, and parsley.
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Harissa-Spiced Sweet Potato Pizza

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