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Class up your pizza routine with this Sweet Potato Pizza paired with creamy ricotta and some green stuff, just for good measure.

Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Ricotta Pizzas from NeighborFoodblog.com

Pita pizzas saved my marriage.

Okay, okay that’s not exactly true.

But pita pizzas did save my marriage from fast food, dry pork chops, and Kraft macaroni and cheese.

Way back in our honeymoon days, before I had a clue what it meant to braise meat or deglaze a pan, we spent many a night comforted by a quick, delicious pizza served on a premade pita.

Back in those days our pitas were typically dressed with canned tomato sauce, green pepper, onion, and sausage. It’s our standard and I love it to this day.

But this, my friends, is an upgrade. It’s the pita pizza not of a clueless newlywed, but of a slightly more adept, more creative, and more daring 2 years and going strong married woman.

I know it sounds a little strange at first. Sweet potato? On pizza?

Yes. OMG yes.

The mellowed bite of garlic and shallots coupled with creamy ricotta and savory sweet potato is like a disco party for your tastebuds. Oh, and there are some green vegetables on top too. Because I heard once you’re supposed to eat those sometimes.

All in all, a quick, easy, and ultra flavorful meal. Everything I love about pita pizza, just classed up a bit.

OXO products was kind enough to send me a handheld mandoline slicer to try and review.

Here’s the rundown. The slicer has three adjustable widths so your veggies can be paper thin or thick and sturdy, whichever way you like them. Adjusting the width takes about .59 seconds, and though I thought the mechanism seemed a little cheap at first, I had no problems with it holding in place while I worked.

Then there’s the actual slicing. It’s fast. Super fast. You can be through a whole potato in about 1 minute. Maybe 45 seconds. If you’re willing to risk cutting off a few fingertips you could probably cut it to 30 seconds. Seriously.

In no time at all you’re left with perfectly uniform slices ready to top pizzas, crisp in ovens, or be thrown into frittatas.

I had about an inch of potato at the end that I wasn’t able to slice without feeling like my flesh was in grave danger. The mandoline comes with a little grippy handle doo-dad that’s supposed to help you press the food down so you can slice clear down to the nubby ends, but mine didn’t work well for the potato. Still, I was impressed by how little I had to leave behind.

You may also notice in the picture that the sweet potatoes stained the slicing surface a bit. I’m happy to inform you the stain came totally off with plain ol’ soap and water and is looking as good as new again. And that whole cleaning part? Totally simple. No food stuck in weird, impossible to reach places. No pieces to deconstruct, detach, or disassemble. And, when you’re ready to tuck your slicer in for the night, you’ll be happy to find it takes up very little space in your drawer.

All in all, a nifty little tool to have on hand for speedy slicing and happy pizza making!

Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Ricotta Pita Pizzas from NeighborFoodBlog.com


Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Ricotta Pita Pizza
Yield: 2 servings
Recipe by Neighborfood

Ingredients:
1/2 large sweet potato, peeled
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (or Parmesan), plus more for serving
1/4 cup minced shallots (or about one small shallot)
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, divided
2 pita breads
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Using the handheld mandoline slicer (or a knife), slice sweet potato into thin slices.
3. Place pitas on a large baking sheet. Spread minced garlic evenly over pitas.
4. Spread about 1/4 cup ricotta cheese over each pita. Sprinkle each pita with half of the Romano cheese and half the shallots. Spread sweet potato slices evenly over each pita. Sprinkle with a healthy amount of salt and pepper.
5. Spread 1/2 cup of spinach over each pita. Save the remaining half cup for topping after it comes out of the oven. Drizzle a small amount (about a teaspoon) of olive oil over each pita.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, place pitas under broiler for an additional 2 minutes to brown the outer edge of the crust and sweet potatoes.
7. Remove from oven and top each pita with 1/4 cup fresh spinach and a sprinkle of cheese. Serve immediately.

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  • Annette Beachy April 9, 2012, 3:19 PM

    I love a tomato, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and fresh basil. add the basil after baking, and voila, savory pizza! Bon appetit!

  • Ashley Martin April 9, 2012, 3:30 PM

    I’m a big fan of the Moroccan pizza from Z Pizza on High, and I would re-create that. Pesto, eggplant, caramelized onion, pine nuts, and feta, I believe.

  • Ashley Martin April 9, 2012, 3:31 PM

    Also, I pinned you. And posted on facebook! I reallllllly want that slicer! 🙂

  • Katie Arnold April 9, 2012, 4:53 PM

    I only eat pepperoni pizza. But I would definitely eat a pepperoni pita pizza.

  • Jenne April 9, 2012, 6:06 PM

    Brie, apples, and ham on my pita pizza.

  • Ashlei April 9, 2012, 6:22 PM

    I would stick with the greek theme and go with feta, chicken, tomatoes, olives, and spinach.

  • Ashlei April 9, 2012, 6:23 PM

    Following you on twitter @ThatAshlei

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  • Linda April 9, 2012, 6:24 PM

    I would put some caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, and ham on a pita pizza.

  • Linda April 9, 2012, 6:25 PM

    I’m following you on twitter: ljskop

  • Sam Wong April 9, 2012, 6:53 PM

    love the fresh ingredients! I will try yours if you try mine. http://gastronomeaz.blogspot.com

  • Chrissy April 9, 2012, 8:00 PM

    I am a plain jane…and just love cheese! Lots and lots of cheese!

  • Chrissy April 9, 2012, 8:00 PM

    I follow you on Twitter!

  • Min K April 9, 2012, 10:06 PM

    tomatoes, cheese & anchovies

  • jwfong April 9, 2012, 11:22 PM

    feta, spinach, and cheese!

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  • jwfong April 9, 2012, 11:36 PM

    pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/286119382546552312/

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

  • jwfong April 9, 2012, 11:37 PM

    following on twitter @jfong1130

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

  • jwfong April 9, 2012, 11:41 PM
  • Little Sister April 10, 2012, 11:22 AM

    I love a potato garlic pizza with a little bacon, white sauce, green onions and top with sour cream! So yummy! But I can’t wait to try a sweet potato pizza – great idea!
    ~Amy

  • Beth F April 13, 2012, 5:58 PM

    I did put this on pinterest so I would remember it. I do have a couple of questions though. In your blog you said that the slicer had three settings, but in the recipe you just said slice thin. How thin is thin, and does the 10-12 min baking time cook the potato enough so it is soft? Fun idea!

    • Courtney @ Bake. Eat. Repeat. April 13, 2012, 8:19 PM

      Hi Beth! I sliced these on the medium setting or “2” setting on the mandoline slicer. This is a little thicker than you’d slice for potato chips, but not as thick as you might slice potatoes for, say, scalloped potatoes. The baking time does completely soften the potatoes, though they won’t brown unless you turn on the broiler for a bit. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

  • manda April 13, 2012, 6:38 PM

    I like BBQ Chicken pizza!

    Great giveaway.

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  • manda April 13, 2012, 6:39 PM

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  • manda April 13, 2012, 6:40 PM

    I am google follower too!

  • Kurisutiina April 14, 2012, 4:40 PM

    hmmm. on my pita piza I would put some grilled chicken, peanut satay sauce, and sliced onion and green pepper. like a kebab but as pizza! mmm…

  • Kurisutiina April 14, 2012, 4:44 PM

    I pinned this to Pinterest!

  • Kurisutiina April 14, 2012, 4:45 PM

    Shared a link on FB…

  • Kurisutiina April 14, 2012, 4:48 PM

    and lastly, I am your google Friend. I will not, however, become a tweeter. ^_~

  • Amy J April 14, 2012, 7:14 PM

    I would have to say mozzarella, tomato, spinach, caramelized onions, green peppers, banana peppers, just a few jalapenos for an extra kick! And maybe a little ranch too calm down my extra kick lol

  • Amy J April 14, 2012, 7:17 PM

    And I posted this on Facebook

  • Amy J April 14, 2012, 7:18 PM

    And Twitter!

  • Amy J April 14, 2012, 7:18 PM

    And I’m a google follower

  • Kamila Gornia | Passion-Driven February 26, 2013, 3:28 PM

    Such an awesome creation, I have yet to make my own “pizza” but this one looks wonderful!

  • karen April 10, 2013, 5:26 PM

    I’d put asparagus,shallots and fontina cheese om my pizza
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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