Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Recipe: Pizza Sauce with Sweet Potato

1 can of Whole Tomatoes (drained, or be prepared to add tomato paste to thicken if you'd rather)
2 tsp Fresh or 1 tbsp Dried Basil (Oregano would also work, or both)
1 tbsp (or one second pour) of Balsamic
1 tbsp (or one second pour again) of Olive Oil
2 cloves Minced Garlic
Chili Pepper Flakes (depending how spicy you like it - 1/2 tsp at the least, I used about 1/2 tbsp)
1 Yam or Sweet Potato, peeled and chopped

Stew the tomatoes in a pot over medium heat until they break up a bit. Add the garlic, basil and balsamic and simmer until tomatoes break up quite a bit. In a separate pot, boil up yam/sweet potato until well cooked and drain. Add olive oil and chili pepper flakes to tomato blend and simmer for about 5 minutes. Use a hand blender to puree the tomato mixture, then add the yam and mash it in, stirring to get a smooth mixture.

It makes enough for a few pizzas. It has a nice mixture of sweet and spicy, which is a change of pace from regular tomato sauce.

For toppings, I use veggie ground, caramelized onions, artichoke hearts, spinach, roasted red pepper and broccoli as my most frequent toppings, but it is always fun to experiment with different things.

I usually use a home-made crust, but you can grab them pre-made at the grocery store for pretty cheap, and it cuts down on prep time.

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