Easy Homemade Pizza and a Pizza Blog Hop

As soon as I saw this no rise, practically no knead pizza dough recipe on the web I knew I had to try it out (you’ve probably seen it too – it’s got over 84,000 pins on Pinterest!). This easy pizza seemed too good to be true and had an intriguing secret ingredient: Yogurt. I love adding yogurt to everything from baked goods to pasta dishes, and from salad dressings to sauces to make them creamier, healthier, and tastier. But in pizza crust? But wait. It gets better. Besides the yogurt there’s only one other ingredient: Self-rising flour. Two ingredients and five minutes. I had to make it to believe it.

Easy Homemade Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potatoes

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Folks, it’s good. Real good. Don’t expect a Napoli-style thin crust pizza here, because that’s not what you’ll get. The pizza dough is a little thick and chewy, akin to focaccia but slightly denser. It takes literally minutes to prepare and is the perfect base for any number of toppings. I’ve made it multiple times in the past few weeks alone and can tell that this is going to be a regular dinnertime staple. Since I always have yogurt and self-rising flour on hand, I can quickly pull together dinner with whatever cheese, veggies, etc. I have on hand, which I love.

Easy Homemade Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potatoes

So here’s one of my favorites. A white pizza with fresh mozzarella (add dollops of ricotta’s too for fun), an entire head of roasted garlic, sweet potato slices, and roasted onions. Yup. You can take just the pizza dough recipe (I’ve made a few adjustments from the original) and use your own toppings, or you can use your favorite pizza dough with these toppings. Or you can make it as is, which I’ll be doing often.

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Easy Homemade Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Garlic and Onions, and Sweet Potato
 
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This pizza dough recipe is so easy it's unbelievable. Use it in combination with these toppings or for an even easier meal, throw on whatever leftover cheese and cooked veggies you have in the fridge.
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Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ sweet potato, cut into thin rounds
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1½-2 cups self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 4½ ounces (130g) fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cut the top off a head of garlic, drizzle with a little olive oil, and wrap in tin foil. Put in oven and roast until cloves are soft, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, and squeeze cloves from skin.
  3. Toss the onion slices with a bit of olive oil, put on baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. Put the sweet potato slices in a small pot of water and bring to a boil. Simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  5. Raise oven heat to 400F.
  6. To make the dough, put the yogurt and 1 cup self-raising flour in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add ¼ cup more flour at a time until the dough is soft and malleable enough to knead by hand (I usually need 2 cups, but it will depend on the water content of your yogurt). Knead for 5 to 8 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly on a small baking sheet (9x12 inches is great).
  8. Roll out dough into rectangle (or any shape you like) and transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until firmed up and just starting to get crispy.
  10. Carefully remove from oven and put toppings on. Create an even layer of fresh mozzarella, then sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Evenly place onions, roasted garlic cloves, and sweet potato slices.
  11. Put back in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted.
  12. Remove from the oven, slice and serve!
Notes
Kosher dairy, Vegetarian

Tip: Fill a deep baking dish with about an inch of water and put it in the bottom of the oven when making pizza. The steam that comes up from it will help create a crispier crust. Also open the oven as little as often – every time you do, the oven loses heat and the key to a good pizza is a hot oven.

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48 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Pizza and a Pizza Blog Hop

  1. mjskit

    I’m craving for your pizza right now! Definitely will be giving that dough and this pizza a try. I hate to even go back and start surfing the other pizzas that are linked up because I’ll never get away from the computer and back to work! 🙂 Thanks for hosting and have a marvelous weekend!

  2. Liz

    No-knead pizza dough? Sounds incredible! And your pizza looks amazing. Sorry I haven’t linked up in a while…so hard to keep up!! Hope you’ve been well, my friend!!!

  3. kitchenriffs

    Fun recipe! It doesn’t get any easier than this. I don’t believe I’ve ever had sweet potato on a pizza before – love the idea. It’ll pair nicely with the garlic (and other ingredients). Good stuff – thanks.

  4. Kimberly

    Oh my … I adore the flavor combination you’ve chosen for this pizza! Sounds amazing!

    I wonder … could the pizza dough be made in a KitchenAid? I may have to give it a try!

    • Katherine

      Thanks Kimberly! Yes I absolutely think this could be made in a kitchenaid, which would make it even easier! I’d try it with the dough hook. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a go!

  5. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    What a fantastic blog hop today with so many pizza recipes! I love that you put sweet potatoes on the pizza. 🙂 That’s my kind of pizza… This pizza dough recipe sounds fantastic. I’m going to try it one of the weekends when I have time. Looks scrumptious!

  6. Dara

    What a gorgeous pizza! I am so in love with this dough recipe. I can never motivate myself to make pizza because of my impatience with dough. Love the sweet potato

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