rustic potato, herb & goat cheese pizza

The part of the world I’m from consumes a lot of bread and potatoes.  And sometimes, the bread and potatoes are in one dish.  It’s as comforting as it is calorie dense, but here, we need not stress over that.  I don’t often make meals that I know will put me in a coma, but sometimes, it’s more than necessary; like after a long day of redesigning the guest room floor plan.  It may sound like 100% fun, but it’s a lot of work making sure my decided upon mood board of grey, white and gold will equally appease both ends of the guest spectrum, which so far includes a high-maintenance girly girl, and a clean-cut, tattooed biker (Harley, not “fixie”), both of whom have expressed admiration of the crystal pendant chandelier.  That project will be completed soon, but for now, and for many reasons, I need a lot of comfort in my belly.  I hope you do too, because this pizza delivers.

 

 

Materials (makes one, thin crust 16-inch pizza)

1/2 pound dough, homemade or 1/2 of Trader Joe’s pre-made dough
3 medium yellow potatoes, sliced into ~1/4″ slices (does not need to be exact or perfect)
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced into strips
3 Tbsp olive oil (2 for roasting potatoes, 1 for the pizza)
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded, optional
4 ounces goat cheese, roughly crumbled
1/2 Tbsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
coarse salt & pepper

 

 

 

Protocol
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Note: I used my small convection/toaster oven to cook the potatoes, and preheated my regular oven to 550 for the pizza.  Not imperative, but it simplified the process and saved time.

2. Place potatoes and onions in a sheet pan, and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

3. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until potatoes are just cooked, but not soft and mushy.  Onions will be soft and translucent.

4. In the meantime, prepare dough.  On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into the shape of your pizza pan or stone (I used a 16-inch round pizza pan).

5. Lightly brush with remaining olive oil, and sprinkle with shredded Mozzarella, if using.

6. Top with potatoes, and sprinkle with oregano and rosemary.

7. Bake pizza at 550 degrees F (or as high as your oven will go) for about 5-7 minutes, or until the edges brown.  Remove from oven, sprinkle with goat cheese, and return to oven.  Bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until desired crispness.

slices

 

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