Just give me some thyme…

It’s amazing what a day off can do for dinner.  With the luxury of time, the possibilities are endless.  This dinner was inspired by a caramelized onion and sweet potato tart.  I modified it a bit by making a pizza dough instead of the puff pastry.  Great call if I do say so myself.  Topped it with some Irish farmhouse cheese.  I really thought it would be too carb-mazing with potatoes on pizza.  But it is really just a lovely balance of delicious flavors.


It’s a hodgepodge of recipes and some modifications from joy the baker and fresh 365 .  It tastes like the best of thanksgiving on a pizza.  Your house will smell AMAZING with the caramelizing onions.  wow.

Pizza Crust from Joy the Baker:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1 tablespoon olive oil

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and yeast. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the warm water and olive oil.  Using a fork, bring together the dough so that all of the dry mixture is moistened by the water and olive oil.

Dump shaggy dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead for about two minutes until the dough comes together into a ball.  The dough may be slightly sticky, that’s fine!

Add a teaspoon of olive oil to the large bowl that the dough was mixed in.  Use your fingers to spread the oil around the bowl.  Place the dough into the bowl, sprinkle with a bit of flour and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.  Place in a warm place and let the dough rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

When dough has doubled, remove from bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface.  Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a 1/4-inch thickness.  The dough can be rolled perfectly round, but a rectangle, or totally odd shape is fine as well.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Flip a cookie sheet upside down and sprinkle with flour.  Place pizza dough on baking sheet.

Topping inspired by fresh 365:

3 T butter
3 medium onions, sliced very thin
1/4 c white wine
2 T olive oil
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced very thin
2 t chopped fresh thyme
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper

1/2 c grated cheese–I did Irish farm house, I bet goat cheese would be great too or any kind of strong softcheese.

In a large sauté pan, heat the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onions, and cook 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until medium-brown and caramelized. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and stir in white wine.

In a medium sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the sweet potatoes, 1 t thyme, salt and pepper. Cook 7-8 minutes, stirring often, until potatoes have softened.

NEXT:  When the dough has doubled in size roll it out into your desired shape or shapes.  Put onions down first, top with sweet potatoes and finish with grated cheese.  Bake in 450 degree oven until cheese is melted and crust is browning.


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