Mashed Potato Pizza

2 Feb

I love anything potato… gnocchi, roasted potatoes, pierogies, baked potato; the list could go on!  I also love my pizza!  What better thing to do than combine the two into complete perfection! 
The first time I had a mashed potato pizza was this past fall at Bar in New Haven CT.  It was heaven!  The buttery goodness of the mashed potatoes combined with crispy bacon and a well done crust; it surely hit the spot!  I knew I had to try to make one on my own.  When my husband and I decided to make homemade pizza’s this past Sunday for his birthday, I decided that I would make myself a mashed potato pizza!

You can use any type of potato you have on hand.  I used a combination of baby red potatoes and Yukon Gold because I had a few of each on hand.  I also left the skin on the potatoes because I enjoy the skin, but if you don’t you can remove the skin prior to boiling potatoes.

Ingredients:
Pizza Dough
Flour
Olive Oil
Your favorite seasonings.  I used Garlic Powder and Italian Seasonings.
Cooked Mashed Potatoes – I had about 2.5-3 cups of mashed potatoes on my pizza.  This will depend on how big/little your pizza is and how much potato you want.
Butter – About 1/2 stick
Milk – Just enough to include in the potatoes so they are not to dry.
Cooked Bacon – I used 8 slices of bacon crumbled up.  Again more/less depending on your preference.
Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
Fresh Mozzarella

Directions:
Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.

Flour your surface or cutting board.  Also apply some flour to your pizza dough.  Start rolling it out into a circle.  You can even stretch it out as you are working it.  Once you have a rough circle that is the size you want and the thickness that you want, put dough on a pizza stone or cookie sheet that has been dusted with corn meal or flour. 

Pour some Olive Oil on top of the pizza and spread it around so the entire top of pizza is covered with a light amount of oil.  Let pizza sit while you prepare the potatoes.

In large pot, bring water to boil and add diced potatoes.  When potatoes are soft, remove from water and place back in pot.  Add the butter and a small amount of milk.  Add salt and pepper and begin mashing potatoes until they have reached desired level of consistency.  Once the potatoes are finished, add them to the top of your pizza.  Spread them out so the entire pizza is covered with mashed potatoes.

Next add the bacon.  I like my bacon very well-done, so I made sure it was cooked until nice and crispy!  Rather than leaving it in strips, I broke the bacon into pieces and added it on top of the potatoes.

Add the Ricotta Cheese.  I used about 1 1/2 cups.  I spread it around the entire pizza so it was even.  Also add your fresh mozzarella.  Since I used so much ricotta, I didn’t add much mozzarella.  Probably about 1 cup or so.  But you can add more if you want!
Sprinkle some of your favorite seasonings on top.

Put the pizza in the oven and let bake for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, check your pizza.  You may want the cheese to be melted more or the crust to be a little more crispy.  I left my pizza in for close to 30 minutes and it came out perfect!  The pizza was probably in the oven for a longer period of time since my oven wasnt 450 degrees when I put the pizza in it.

Adapted from: http://www.macheesmo.com/2009/01/mashed-potato-pizza/

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