For my birthday last month John bought me a kitchen mixer! And it's not just any kitchen mixer, but a minty green, KitchenAid mixer. It's beautiful:
When it came in the mail I wanted to whip it out and start whipping stuff up immediately. The first things I made were baked pumpkin donuts and a cream cheese glaze. They were really good, but I wouldn't say they were blog worthy. This pizza on the other hand, is most definitely blog worthy.
This pizza was inspired by two things:
- My new mixer -- I couldn't wait to use the paddle and the dough hook to mix up a homemade whole wheat crust.
- Fall -- the season is undoubtedly in full swing which means warm, cheesy, roasted and rich foods are key.
This pizza was topped with an assortment of Fall yum: sweet basil marinara, roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed kale, caramelized onions and lots of mozzarella cheese.
Here's a couple shots of the pre-baked pizza:
To add to the indulgence, I cracked two eggs on top and seasoned with salt and pepper.
When the pizza was assembled I popped it in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 450 degrees. And out came this beauty:
My only complain was that the egg yolks came out more over-hard than over-easy. I was hoping for a gooey, runny yolk that acted as more of a sauce when eating the pizza. Next time I think I'll either cook the pizza for less time, or add the eggs after the pizza has cooked for 5 or so minutes. Any advice?
Regardless, the flavor of this pizza was freaking phenomenal and it looked really beautiful.
Fall 'Za Suggecipe
- pizza dough - I used this recipe
- yellow onions - 1 large or 2 small, cut into very thin slices
- sweet potato - 1, cut into thin chips
- kale - 1/2 a bunch, chopped
- mozzarella - 1 or 2 cups, shredded
- eggs - 2
- marinara - 1 cup, I used store-bought spaghetti sauce
- olive oil
- s + p
- sugar - pinch
Begin by making the dough. As the dough is rising, prep the other ingredients.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium/low heat. Add the onions and a pinch of sugar. Cook low and slow until they become caramelized and delicious. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coat the sweet potatoes in olive oil and season with s + p. Roast the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. While the potatoes are cooking, saute the kale in olive oil and s + p in another skillet over medium heat until wilted.
Assemble the pizza. You know what to do.
Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
Note: Try adding the eggs after the pizza has already cooked for ~5 minutes. This may prevent the yolks from getting overcooked.
Oh yeah, I also made a plain cheese pizza (yawn). John is crazy and didn't think the fall pizza would be good...? His loss, my gain.