Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Sweet Potato Pizza – a deep dish / pan pizza with a completely grain free sweet potato crust. Topped with delicious spicy cajun chicken, jalapenos, olives and spinach – who says pizza can’t be healthy?!
The first time I made this pizza, I’m telling you; heaven bells were actually ringing. I couldn’t even fathom how I made a pizza that tasted SO GOOD! I really had to sit back and question myself like, “Whitney, is this really you yeah?!”
The thing is, pizza is probably one of my favourite foods. I think it’s because my dad somehow made it a celebratory food when I was growing up. If we were going out for a birthday, we were going out for BIRTHDAY PIZZA. The other celebratory food we had was everything at the Chinese buffet – no wonder, I enjoy recreating my favourite Chinese takeaway foods (no seriously, I just had that revelation guys!).
My Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Sweet Potato Pizza hones in on all these delicious, healthy elements and makes a deep pan pizza that you wouldn’t believe could actually nourish you! I bet you could probably have the chewy sweet potato base just with my homemade bbq sauce – dipping the crunchy exterior in the sauce is bliss.
If you don’t own a cast iron skillet yet, I urge you to get one! It is probably going to be the best kitchenware you’ll ever own – plus, it’ll last the longest too! If you don’t own one, this pizza bakes perfectly on a baking tray or a baking mat, just be sure to grease them a little so the pizza doesn’t stick. You will still get a nice crusty base so no worries.
Get this – there is no cheese involved in this pizza, whatsoever! Yes, this is dairy-free and no word of a lie; I don’t miss the cheese at all! The use of nutritional yeast in the sweet potato base adds that nice cheesy element to the pizza plus, topping the crust with my paleo homemade bbq sauce, Cajun chicken with homemade seasoning, jalapenos and olives gives you such a burst of flavour – cheese may actually become irrelevant (yes I said it!).
You can have this pizza ready in half an hour – provided you have some of the elements to hand. If not, it will probably take you 40-50 mins from prep to plate. Your chicken can be grilled or baked and your sweet potato can be steamed, boiled or even roasted. I’ve even used frozen chicken breasts and sweet potatoes and I made this pizza in that time frame!
As it is a pizza, you are free to use as much or as little of the ingredients as you like, when topping. Once you’ve tried this, tell me; did you hear the heaven bells too?
- 1 cup packed mashed sweet potato (335g/ 0.7lb about 2 medium sized sweet potatoes)
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- ¼ dried oregano
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- ¼ tsp pink himalayan salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Cajun seasoning (check notes for recipe)
- 1-2 cooked chicken breast
- Homemade BBQ sauce (check notes for recipe)
- leaves Spinach
- Sliced black olives
- Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.
- Mix your pizza base ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Transfer to your cast iron skillet* and bake for 25-30mins, till the crust is golden brown**
- While you’re baking you're pizza, you can make your bbq sauce if using my recipe.
- Once pizza base is done, top with bbq sauce, spinach, Cajun chicken, jalapenos and olives.
- Serve and enjoy
*You may need to grease your skillet but if it is well seasoned it should have a fair amount of non-stick to it!
**You can also check for doneness by pressing the centre of the pizza, it should bounce back to it’s form.
This pizza should actually be enough to serve 2-3 people depending on how you slice it. As it is a deep dish pizza it is quite filling.
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