Barbecue Ranch Sweet Potato Pizza

Serve these vegetarian barbecue ranch sweet potato pizzas up on your favorite crust, flatbread, french bread or gluten-free style straight up on a sweet potato!

BBQ Ranch Sweet Potato Pizza

September just began and I’m already sick of hearing about pumpkin. It’s everywhere! My Pinterest feed alone is inundated with so many pumpkin spiced cakes, cookies, and confections that I find myself cringing with each scroll. Make it stop! I can’t go down that rabbit hole. I just can’t.

I’m taking a stand and sticking my tongue out at pumpkin. In fact, I’m so ticked off that I’m going to go ahead and boycott it for the rest of 2014. Take that, pumpkin spice lattes! You don’t own me!

Sweet potatoes are an entirely different story, though. Now THAT veggie owns me. Factor in a hearty drizzle of  deliciously smoky BBQ sauce and zesty ranch dressing and you’ll have me sweet potato wasted for the rest of the year.

Barbecue Ranch Sweet Potato Pizza

Barbecue Ranch Sweet Potato Pizza

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 2

Ingredients

  • 2 naan flatbreads [or your favorite crust!]
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2-1 cup freshly grated cheese
  • 1/2-1 cup baby arugula
  • 2 TBSP ranch dressing [see below for recipe]
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. After peeling, slice your sweet potato using a sharpened chef's knife or mandolin.
  3. Bring a small pot of water to boil and toss the SP slices in for approx 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once tender, drain and set aside.
  5. Slather each flatbread with BBQ sauce and sprinkle with a thin layer of cheese.
  6. Follow it up with a later of sweet potato and another layer of cheese.
  7. Bake at 350 F, straight on the rack, for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is crisp and the cheese hot and melty.
  8. Top with arugula, red onion, and a hearty drizzle of ranch and dig in!

Courses entree

Since I keep forgetting to post it, here’s my recipe for homemade ranch dressing!

Homemade Ranch

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise [homemade or store bought]
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, smashed + minced
  • 2 stalks of chopped green onion [extra to taste]
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp dill
  • a few cranks of freshly cracked black pepper
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes

In a food processor or blender, add all your ingredients and give it a good whirl! Since raw garlic has a yummy bite to it, I suggest starting with a little and working your way up based on taste! It’s really that easy! Pulse until everything is perfectly incorporated and allow to chill in the fridge so flavors can mingle and your dressing can thicken a bit. Enjoy!

No processor? No problem! Use a whisk and have at it!

Barbecue Ranch Savory Sweet Potato Pizza

I used my go-to garlic naan flatbreads for the base, since it’s the quickest way for me to whip up pizza lately. You can essentially make a pizza out of anything so grab your favorite crust recipe, some flatbread, or even a crusty loaf of french bread and use this topping combo as your guide! There’s no wrong way to pizza! Unless of course you don’t do pizza at all, in which case that’s wrong on so many levels. Pizza is a food group around here!

special diets and swaps

  • Going gluten-free? While there are a bevvy of GF crusts on the market these days, you can simplify your life even further by halving a baked sweet potato and using that as the pizza crust. Pile on all the above toppings and you have a crust-less pizza potato that’s positively tasty!
  • Channeling your inner t-rex? Feel free to add some tender chicken to the mix to round out the meal. It’s great either way!

No matter how you serve it up, I can’t wait for you to try this combo! The cool, tangy ranch and sweet/smokey barbecue sauce are the perfect compliment to these savory sweet potatoes. Add the peppery bite of arugula and red onion on top and hellooooo dellicious!

It also makes fabulous football food. Do it.

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Comments

Julie

I love my sweet potatoes. Give me a sweet potato pie over a pumpkin pie any day. We need to start a campaign to dethrone pumpkin for the better choice.

Sam @ PancakeWarriors

OMG sweet potatoes on a pizza – holy moly that’s taking it up a notch! What an awesome way to mix it up 🙂 I know a ton of people love ranch to dip their pizza in – this pretty much fixes that problem right!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing – I love the idea of naan as the crust – makes it sooo much easier than waiting on the crust to do it’s thing. Have a great rest of your weekend!

Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

Is that background your wooden cutting board?

    Jenn

    Haha yes! It is =) I love that board to pieces!

Ann

I like you so much for not liking pumpkin!! I don’t know what it is with the Americans and they abnormal love for pumpkin… it is not such a thing here in Germany AT ALL. And we don’t have canned pumpkin, at least I haven’t ever seen it anywhere, maybe it hidden in some corners. But that’s another reason why I just cannot make all those recipes that ask for canned pumpkin. And I won’t go as far as roasting pumpkins myself every single time to have mashed pumpkin for a recipe… I just don’t understand the craze 😀 (I think I’ve never typed “pumpkin” as much as right now!)

    Jenn

    LOL! Glad I’m not the only one! A fresh-roasted pumpkin is oh-so tasty but that’s a lot of work to just spoon a few tablespoons into recipes so you can call them pumpkin spice ___ // I just can’t get into the crazy when there are so many seasonal veggies that need love!

Jessi @ Our Midwest Nest

HA! And I’m the girl that had 3 Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the first week they were released. And the girl that has a pumpkin dessert planned to take to a dinner Tuesday night. Color me pumpkin! 🙂

Also – this pizza looks amazing. And despite the fact it lacks pumpkin, I think it will be going on the menu next week 😉

    Jenn

    bahahaha! Go on with your pumpkin’ self! Between me and my sweet potatoes and you and your pumpkin. we’ll have one rockin tan soon!

Kristina @ Love & Zest

ahhh, garlic naan.. I love you.

Maryea {happy healthy mama}

This looks completely fabulous. I won’t hold your non-loving pumpkin craziness against you–I love sweet potatoes just as much. 😉

Ana

Ohhh that look delish!! We joined the paleo bandwagon recently, so I’ll try your sweet potato crust idea 🙂

    Jenn

    Yay! Hope you looove it!

Matt Robinson

Loving this pizza so much!!

Arman @ thebigmansworld

Remember when I said you should open a pizza shop?

You need to. Stat. In Australia.

Emily @ Sweets and Beets

Pumpkin is my mistress…. but sweet potato is my wife. 😉 😉 Sweet potato on a pizza, I have to try that!

Thalia @ butter and brioche

Craving a slice of this pizza right now.. it looks incredibly delicious!

    Jenn

    Thanks Thalia! It was di-vine! <3

Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

Yeesssss! Bring on the sweet potatoes! I love BBQ pizza and I think I could eat 3 of these. And your homemade ranch sounds killer!!

Melanie | Melanie Makes

This looks absolutely delicious – love the sweet potato you’ve added!

Shannon Brown

Hi what kind of cheese did you use?

    Jenn

    Hey Shannon! I used mozzarella but white cheddar, havarti, or gouda would all be delicious options! xoxo

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