White Pizza with Sweet Potato, Onions, and Olives
Here’s a delectably different kind of pizza—a white vegan pizza brimming with well-cooked onions, roasted sweet potato, and briny olives. Combined with most any kind of salad, this pizza makes a delicious cool-weather dinner. Photos by Evan Atlas.
Makes: 6 slices
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large onions, quartered and thinly sliced (use yellow or red, or one of each)
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 large sweet potato (see Note)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Half of one 12.3-ounce package firm silken tofu
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened nondairy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Good-quality 12- to 14-ounce pizza crust
- 1 cup vegan mozzarella-style shredded cheese, such as Daiya
- 1/3 cup oil-cured pitted black olives, such as Kalamata, chopped
- Leaves from a sprig of fresh rosemary, or dried rosemary to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onions and sauté over medium-low heat until limp. Add the garlic and continue to saute until the onion is deep golden, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.
While the onions are cooking, peel the sweet potato and cut into small dice. Place in a small mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil. Arrange in a lightly oiled or parchment-lined small baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just tender and lightly roasted, about 15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes or so. Remove from the oven when done.
Puree the tofu with the nondairy milk and salt in a food processor or with an immersion blender in its container.
Place the crust on a baking sheet or a pizza stone. Spread the pureed tofu evenly over the surface of the crust with a baking spatula. Sprinkle with the vegan cheese.
Layer the onion mixture evenly over the cheese layer. Scatter the roasted sweet potato pieces over the onion layer, followed by the olives. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden. Cut into 6 slices and serve.
Note: If you have a baked sweet potato on hand, or if you just want to pre-bake it in the microwave oven until done but still a little firm, that’s fine, too, and you can skip the step of roasting it.