By Estrella Z. Gallardo
Typically pizza tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and meats like sausage or pepperoni but for Pablo “Boy” Logro, sweetpotato can be used even on an Italian dish, pizza.
Celebrity Chef Pablo “Boy” Logro on the second day of the Sweetpotato Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA) held on July 9-10, 2019 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City, demonstrated the use of sweetpotato on an Italian dish, pizza.
The FIESTA is an initiative of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Technologies produced by promising individuals to its intended beneficiaries.
Logro aside from sweetpotato pizza, also prepared duchess purple sweetpotato, which showcases the rootcrop’s versatility.
Logro, to add something to chew on pizza and at the same time add nutrients as well, mashed the boiled sweetpotato and mixed with cheese, butter, and cream cheese that was formed into a one-inch log and trimmed onto the edges of the pizza crust. He also added chunks of the mixture beneath the cheese.
Meanwhile, for the duchess purple sweetpotato, he mashed boiled purple sweetpotato, which he mixed with cheese, butter, and cream cheese. He added this mixture on top of halved boiled sweetpotato, which he garnished with crispy bacon and drizzled with melted butter.
During the demonstration, Logro pointed out the change in the way Filipinos see sweetpotato. He said that sweetpotato used to substitute for rice but it is now slowly making its own name in the food industry.
As someone who grew up with sweetpotato as a staple food in his home in Compostela Valley, Logro never understood its negative connotation.
Up until now, he still believes in the cultural importance of sweetpotato in the lives of the Filipinos. With this, Logro said that sweetpotato is one of the crops that he plants in his 50-hectare farm in Davao. (Philippine Press Club, Inc. (PPCI))