As a kid, my grandmother often fixed me a snack of apple slices and thin strips of cheddar. She’d say, “An apple without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze.” Schmaltz aside, my grandmother was right. My tastebuds have evolved, but I still love apples with cheese.
October marks National Pizza Month. We just had to celebrate it! In honor of the holiday, apple season in Oregon’s Washington County, and my grandmother, we have a recipe that put a grown-up spin on a kid classic. Get the star ingredients from our farmers markets.
Sweet Potato and Apple Pizza
Pre-baking the dough keeps the crust crisp under the weight of fall’s hearty ingredients.
1 pre-made pizza dough
1 ½ cup tomato sauce
4 oz smoked mozzarella, sliced
1 small sweet potato
1 medium apple
3 tablespoons pesto
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Spread pizza dough on a floured baking sheet or pizza stone
Bake pizza dough for 10 minutes
Slice sweet potato and apple very thin with a small paring knife or mandolin
In a glass bowl, microwave sweet potato slices with 3 tablespoons of water for 3 minutes
Remove pizza dough from the oven and spread tomato sauce on top
Layer smoked mozzarella, sweet potato, and apple on top of the pizza
Drizzle pesto over the pizza
Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes
Of course, you can always order a “pizzetta” from decarli’s amazing Italian menu, as well, to get your pizza fix!