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

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 (9×12 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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32 Comments

  1. Hi Katherine! Thanks so much for hosting this great link up each week. Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. I love this weeks theme Katherine…So fun! I shared 2 skinny stuffed pizza recipe. Thanks for hosting and for the invite!

  3. your dough looks awesome! I will definitely try :)

  4. That is a beautiful pizza and I am so happy this is the topic this week – a great reminder that I need to make some dough and keep it in my freezer for Fall Friday Pizza nights!

  5. I actually hadn’t heard of or seen this dough before. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it! The combination of ingredients in your pizza are amazing and your photos are gorgeous!

  6. I am definitely trying this crust! Thank you.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!!

  9. How can I resist pizza? Have to try this quick rise pizza!

  10. I am always scared to make my own dough :-( Hope I will find some inspiration with your recipe and all the wonderful link-ups!

  11. what a great idea. I missed it on Pinterest. Wish I could figure how to make it gltuen free. Love the slice of sweet potato on your pizza.

  12. That pizza looks lovely! I have done no knead bread in the past but not pizza.

  13. I love the sweet potato and roasted onions! What great pizza toppings!

  14. I really like the idea of a yogurt pizza crust. I am having mouth-watering hallucinations of pizza right now. Also – sweet potato on pizza is one of my favorite things – well done!

  15. What an unique pizza! I love the idea of using yogurt in pizza dough and the sweet potato topping sounds just amazing.

  16. Oh I love this pizza, all my favorite toppings in one place!

  17. thanks for hosting… I love homemade pizza and it is the only pizza my husband will eat.

  18. 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.

  19. Perfect theme for the weekend! Love your pizza and so many of these delicious recipes. Thanks for another great week!

  20. Hi Katherine, thanks for hosting, great idea! Have a nice weekend.

  21. Every night should be pizza night…love this!!

  22. 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!

    • 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!

  23. LoveloveLOVE homemade pizza! This looks sooo great!

  24. 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!

  25. That is one gorgeous pizza!!

  26. Oh wow, sweet potato on pizza! This sounds perfect for fall and I can’t wait to try it. I’m drooling over your lovely photos. What a terrific theme!

  27. Thank you so much for the invitation! I love this theme. You can never have too many pizza recipes!!! I linked up my Grilled Thai Chicken Pizza :)

  28. 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

  29. Usually I prefer the thin crust pizza dough but yours looks spectacular and given the fact that I have been struggling with yeast in general here lately, I d happily try out your recipe!

    Gorgeous clicks Katherine!

  30. 84,000 pins, WOW! Well for sure it has to rock:-) I love the idea of adding sweet potatoes, all flavors together sound wonderful! Hugs, Terra

  31. Thank you for all the great sites, I found some great pizza ideas/combinations, I think you saved me hours of Internet surfing! Except now I’m super hungry…lol

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