Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pulled Pork and Roasted Sweet Potato Pizza


Last week I was in heaven Bed Bath and Beyond, daydreaming about all the kitchen supplies I will someday be able to put on my registry, while shopping for a friends wedding presentIt brings butterflies to my stomach, thinking about the day I can go around and click whatever I want.....yes, I have heard it is nowhere near as fun as you think after walking around for hours....but for now, let me continue my dream that it is the best day ever.....after the cake testing day of course!

While walking around, the pizza stone collection caught my eye. I have wanted one of those for a long time (even asked for one for Christmas....*ahem*), and the $14.99 price tag seemed reasonable. With my $500 visa gift card from the race last week, sure I earned myself a little reward? I decided yes, it was worth it, and purchased that too!

I spent the next day wondering what delicious pizza I would make first. I had one rule to myself, you must use up what you have. Suddenly I had a wonderful idea, how about using the pulled pork I had made the day before? What else have I seen pulled pork with on Pinterest lately? Sweet potato! Yes! And then it began.....and here was my masterpiece. 

I was absolutely blown away by how well the pizza stone works.....especially in contrast to the back of a baking sheet, which is what I had been using! It was so crispy on the bottom, and perfectly cooked, not to mention it could be in a round shape as opposed to a rectangle. The toppings were wonderful together; the tangy BBQ sauce, the tender, flavorful sweet potato, contrasting with the delicious gooey cheese. It was perfect, and exactly what I was looking for. If you do not have a pizza stone, I would definitely recommend it, money well spent, I really have been missing out.


Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Honey Wheat Pizza
Serves 3
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
½ honey wheat pizza dough (using THIS recipe)
1 small sweet potato, peeled, and cut into chunks
1 tbsp oil
½ tsp garlic salt
½ tsp pepper
3 medium mushrooms, cut into slices 
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 ½ cups cheese of choice (I used a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella)
½ cup pulled pork of choice (I used leftovers from THIS recipe, but used about 2/3 BBQ sauce recommended)
1 cup spinach
¼ cup red onion
1 tsp oregano

Instructions

Place the pizza stone in the oven as it heats up to 400 degrees.

Spread the sweet potato on a baking tray, cover with the oil, garlic salt, and pepper, stir to distribute and coat. Place in the oven for 10 minutes, remove, and flip the potatoes. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, roll out the pizza dough on a flat surface with a little flour, stretch it with your hands a little if needed.

Remove the baking sheet, and add the mushrooms to the potatoes, mix around to ensure the potatoes are not sticking. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes, and remove once the potatoes are tender (on the inside), and mushrooms are roasted.

At the same time, place the pizza dough onto the stone, poking a few fork holes on the dough to let air out, and leave to cook for 7-10 minutes.

Remove the pizza from the oven, and spread the pizza sauce onto the dough. Sprinkle with 2/3 of the cheese and place the pulled pork, sweet potato, mushroom, spinach, and onion on top. Cover with the remaining cheese and oregano.

Place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is starting to brown. Remove, and serve with a spinach side salad.

Per2 slice serving (6 slices per pizza)
483 calories, 16g fat, 1111mg sodium, 62g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 21g protein


Do you get excited as I do about being in the kitchen department at the store? What else do you use your pizza stone for (if you have one)? What is your favorite pizza?

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42 comments:

  1. I don't have a pizza stone, but totally need one! That pizza looks awesome girl!

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    1. It is definitely worth it, I didnt think so before, but now I wish I had got one sooner!

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  2. Shopping for a registry is so much fun, I'm excited for you! :) This pizza recipe looks delish! You had me at sweet potato. Thanks for the dough recipe too!

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    1. Ooooh good! I just have to be engaged now hahaha! Thanks so much for your support :)

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  3. That pizza looks AMAZING!! Bravo!! (& I adore my pizza stone, it's 100 years old but I use it all the time!!!)

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    1. Thank you Sarah :) It was definitely a worthwhile investment :)

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  4. This looks AH-mazing! What an interesting combo of flavors. Pinning so I can try later.

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    1. Thanks Tara! Please let me know if you do :)

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  5. I get SO excited looking at new kitchen supplies, too :). I actually have never tried a pizza stone, but you're making me curious! Looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Megan! I always thought it was unnecessary, but now I am hooked, have lots of new ideas from comments now too! Thanks for your support!

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  6. My ex-husband and I used to fantasize about our registry for a good year before we were engaged. We couldn't wait! It was so fun and since we planned it all out, it was still fun and totally painless when we finally got to do it! Ah, the good old days lol...Anyway, totally love pizza stones. In fact, made my son a pizza last night plus roasted sweet potato wedges at the same time on the stone (if you saw my instagram lol). He doesn't like sweet potatoes on pizza but I sure do! Such a great combo.

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    1. Oh really, ahhhh I cant wait to do it, and it seems people do enjoy it....so I must have just been talking to some grumpy people! That is so clever about the wedges, I bet they get lovely and crispy! I will go check out your instagram now :)

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  7. We registered for our pizza stone and got it last June for our wedding but just opened it a few months ago! It is amazing! I love it for pizza but also cookies!

    We had a blast registering for our wedding so keep the dream alive!

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    1. That is so good to hear, I will give the cookies a try for sure! I am so glad to hear you loved the registry, I am hearing more positive comments now, which is goooooodd! Thanks for your input :)

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  8. totally diggin you recipes friend. KEEP THEM UP! and enjoy NYC

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    1. Thanks Lindsay :) I am going to try! NYC was a lot of fun :) Need to rest up tomorrow though!

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  9. Loving this combo! Sweet potato + mushrooms + pulled chicken (since I don't do pork haha) are only a few of my favorite things - definitely going to have to put them all together now!

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    1. Thanks so much Morganne! Good idea, chicken would work just as well :) Let me know how you get on!

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  10. No pulled pork for me....... AHHHH HA HA HA HA AH AHAH - that sounds sooo very wrong.

    I do like to pull some chicken though! ;)

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    1. Hahahaah at first i wondered where you were going with that! You pull that chicken haha

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  11. Yum lady this looks so so good! I don't have a pizza stone but you've made me want to buy one!

    Putting things on a gift registry sounds like fun to me too! It seems like free shopping ;)

    Have a great weekend my friend!

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    1. Thanks Jan! You should buy one, they arent that expensive, so worth it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend too :)

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  12. I wanted pizza last night so bad! Craving! The combination of flavors sound great [with a few tweaks] by your gf veg friend :)

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    1. It definitely could be tweaked! I am so impressed you are still doing the GF eating, you have adapted so well, I almost forget you only started when I did! Hope you enjoy, and thanks as always, for your support :)

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  13. I wonder how that would taste with pulled chicken? It looks very very good. My stomach is growling now. LOL.

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    1. I am sure it would taste just as good, you have a few other pulled chicken lovers up above :) Let me know if you give it a try!

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  14. This looks amazing! I'm making focaccia tonight. Working on my dough now :)

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    1. Ooooh yummy! I cant wait to see how you get on with that! I will need that recipe!

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  15. Oh man. this looks amazing. So creative. And I thought registering for stuff was fun. We just quit when we were tired and came back another day!

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    1. Thanks Cassie :) I was quite proud of it actually! Ooooohhhh a two day registry?!!?! That sounds even better :D

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  16. This looks so great, thanks for sharing! I use my pizza stone for so many things, I even cook rolls, french bread and the occasional cookies on it too.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment :) Oooooh so many new ideas! Thank you!

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  17. We absolutely love our pizza stone. It's great for baking cookies, too. This recipe looks amazing, and I bet my girls would gobble it up, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am definitely going to give cookies a try on it very soon! Thanks for your comment Nicole :)

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  18. OMG this looks so good! I need to eat this... NOW! (:

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    1. Come over for dinner, and I will make you one....not like you have an important day coming very soon or anything is it? :P

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  19. That looks so good! I'm more of a traditional pizza gal but this sounds wonderful. Haven't had a pizza stone in years.

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    1. Thanks Carla, I love traditional too (as you will see in my latest post), but sometimes I just want to jazz things up :) Did you use your stone in the past?

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  20. Um, that looks delicious! I love pulled pork. BTW, I nominated you for a Liebster Award: http://www.runkarlarun.com/2014/04/27/liebster-awards/

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    1. Thanks Karla, me tooooo! Oh cool, thank you so much....I was actually hoping someone would, it looks like fun :)

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  21. So funny, I used pulled pork on a portobello cap pizza a few months ago and it was seriously the best pizza of my life. I need to try it your way with sweet potato!

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    1. You know what they say....great minds think alike :) Sounds lovely!

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