19 January 2009

Goat Cheese & Potato Pizza


I have added a feature to my blog called "Pizza of the Week". I originally thought I would produce a different pizza every Sunday, but this may be a little ambitious on my part. So whenever I have the urge I will be showering you with my pizza ideas.

I LOVE pizza, as do many of you, but can easily get the regular Garden, Pepperoni and Hawaiian at our local but exceptional pizzeria.

I have been intrigued by pizza with potato lately so thought I would offer you this weeks suggestion of potato, rosemary and goats cheese. This is a hearty pizza, the double carb hit of dough and potato works really well. I absolutely loved this combination. Could it be because I am really just a Potato HO at heart.

My inner Ho always thinks of the Potato Ho-Down Wednesday event whenever I prepare potatoes. Bellini Vallium and the rest of the Ho's are back!!!!!! This event is held the third Wednesday of every month. Two of our talented fellow potato Ho's Cathy of Noble Pig and Krysta over at Evil Chef Mom are our illustrious founders. Every Wednesday we will all be posting those scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, fries, curries, poutine......if potato is in the name I will be definitely be there!!!!!!!!

I got in touch with my inner Ho and slapped out this pizza recipe. The potatoes are sliced very thinly on a mandolin and soaked in a cold water bath for about an hour to remove some of the starch that could make the potatoes gooey. Now I know that cheesy and gooey are words used to describe pizza, but believe me you don't want your potatoes to have that adjective. Another alternative would be to arrange them in a circular pattern on a baking sheet and bake at 400F for about 5 - 10 minutes. They will cook more on top of the pizza once they are placed there. If your potatoes are sliced very thinly with the mandolin this step is not necessary.

Next week I continue my potato pizza experimentation with a different variation. This dish was inspired by a recipe over at BBC.

What pizza combinations would you try?

**Goat Cheese & Potato Pizza**

3 - 4 small waxy potatoes, thinly sliced (skin on if you like)
1 T olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 garlic clove , crushed
2 sprigs rosemary needles, chopped

your favourite pizza dough
150-200g goat's cheese log, sliced
half a red onion , thinly sliced


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Heat the oven 400 F.

Slice the potatoes very thinly using a mandolin. Soak them in very cold water for about 1 hour to remove some of the starch). They are almost the thickness of a potato chip so that they will bake quickly on top of the pizza. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the garlic and rosemary.

Roll the pizza dough into a pizza round or rectangle to fit a lightly oiled non-stick baking sheet. Arrange potato slices decoratively leaving a small border for a pizza crust. Scatter the goat's cheese and onion over the top and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Leave your creation for 10 minutes for the dough to rise up a little , then bake for about 10-15 minutes until the base is crisp and golden and cooked through.
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45 comments:

  1. Although that does look good, I'm still the kind that needs meat on my pizza...

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  2. I had a Brie and chicken Pizza this holiday that was surprisingly delicious!!

    Potato and goat's cheese is a flavor that I will most definitely like....

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  3. I've never tried that combo, but I'm sure it taste wonderful! Great pizza!

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Hi Val, oh it's great to be back blogging and viewing your posts!

    Now the weekly feature of pizza does sound GOOD!! I do like the idea combo of spuds & goat cheese. I have such a weakness for the humble potato.

    Rosie x

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  5. Oh, Val, potatoes and pizza? I'm still trying to get back on track after the holidays and you put this idea in my head! I'll have to try it. I bet it was good.

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  6. I love pizza, too and always try to be adventurous with them. I will try pizza with different sauces in the future, and of course your tasty combination :)

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  7. well, i've made pizza with apples and figs but never potato. what am i waiting for? it looks delicious!

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  8. pizza thrills me because of its endless possibilities. goat cheese and potatoes are two toppings i've never had, either together or separately. note to self: try them immediately. :)

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  9. I can always count on your Ho-ness Val! Thanks for the entry! Pizza and potatoes...now that's a recipe.

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  10. Potato and goat cheese pizza sounds heavenly!

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  11. That look so delicious Val! You are making me so hungry! I would definitely order this if I was eating out.

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  12. I don't think I've ever had potato on a pizza, but I do love pizzas with goat cheese!

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  13. I'm loving this one Val. What a great combination. I am certainly looking forward to your upcoming pizza creations. Hope you will try a mushroom topped one!

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  14. That's a really interesting pizza topping that wouldn't have crossed my mind, but I definitely want to try it now

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  15. sounds like a good combo. I'd try it.

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  16. Val, that's a great combo. I love pizza, especially homemade.

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  17. Oh man how I love pizza! Oh pizza!

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  18. How inspiring Ivy. I'd love to do pizza for the week too...swell idea. Great combo there; glad the Ho in you got slapped!

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  19. I've never had potatoes on a pizza. Why not....I'm game to new taste adventures.

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  20. Goat cheese AND potatoes? You really have won me over with this one, Val. :D I've been thinking of making a french onion pizza. Caramelized (and boozy, of course) onions with thyme and gruyere. Maybe some chicken for protein.

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  21. I'm really into white pizza these days -- and this one definitely qualifies! My favorite pizza combo lately is a butternut squash and peachy mama pepper pizza -- a bit sweet, and a bit smoky.

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  22. I always prefer vegetarian pizzas but never thought of adding potatoes before. Shall be looking forward to your pizza creations.

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  23. I LOVE dessert pizzas. I love the dough and sugar just makes it better! I think some kind of lemon custardy kind would fab.

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  24. I love homemade pizza, I make lots of it for my teens.
    Myself, I am partial to the salted little fishies...
    I love your combination, I want to try that soon.

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  25. I love trying new pizzas! This one looks great!

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  26. What a great looking pizza Val!!! I am stuck on veggie pizzas but ones I make at home with whatever I have available to go on it!!! Can't wait to see more!

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  27. Val, this looks so good. What I would try is probably a more Mexican flavored pizza, My grandma's chorizo and whole eggs.

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  28. Dang. I keep forgetting about this. I think I'm a potato Ho, too, and with pizza? Well. Now you're talking. Those flavors are a match made in heaven!

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  29. pizza's a good choice no matter what the topping

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  30. I will take goat cheese on pretty much anything and a potato pizza sounds like a great way to enjoy some.

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  31. Regular pizza feature? I'm there!

    So this is a pizza for people on a low-carb diet, right? ;-) Very creative use of ingredients.

    I love lots of different things on my pizza, but I will always so no to olives, anchovies, and pineapple.

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  32. I've never had potato on pizza before but this looks fantastic!
    My favourite topping includes raisins, odd but delish.

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  33. Interesting pizza combo. I've never had potato on my pizza (goat cheese yes, but potato---no). Why not?

    I've been pushing myself to experiment a bit more with unique recipes and/or ingredient combinations. This fills the bill nicely.

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  34. I love the idea of putting potato on pizza!! Yum! You pizza is so gorgeous, too, with the perfectly thin sliced potatoes...

    Speaking of goat cheese, one of my favorite pizzas is goat cheese and smoked salmon pizza...

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  35. It looks really, really good, Valli...and a double hit of carbs works for me! :-) I love the Potato Ho-Down Wednesday idea...I peeked at the link. Fun! And who can ever have enough potato recipes, right? I may join in. :-)

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  36. I'm pretty sure this is a pizza I would LOVE!!

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  37. I've never ever tried potatoes on pizza. Wow...very unique (at least to me). You're a good ho (and I mean that in the kindest of ways)

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  38. We have pizza for lunch here about once a week, and it's always a struggle for me not to eat the whole thing in one sitting, I looove pizza. This one looks especially good!
    I've really been enjoying making my own dough lately and stuffing the crust with cheese!

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  39. I love experimenting with toppings although I do have a few favorites such as roasted red peppers and goat cheese. I had a really great wood oven za at a restaurant in TO. It had baby shrimp which must have been sauteed with garlic... delicious despite my initial concern for seafood on pizza. Looking forward to more combos.

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  40. I've had a potato, rosemary and feta pizza in South Africa and it was heavenly... Yours sounds equally good! Another excellent and unusual combo is to cook a plain mozzarella base, then as it comes out of the oven add sour cream, strips of smoked salmon and dollops of caviar :)

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  41. I love your potato pizza recipe idea! I recently had amazing potato pizza at a place called "Pizza Luce" in Minnesota. I ordered the "Garlic Mashed Potato Pizza" which is described as "savory baby red potatoes mashed with garlic butter and topped with fresh diced tomatoes, green onions and feta cheese." It was so good and it would definitely be easy to create at home! They also had a "Baked Potato Pizza" with sour cream, broccoli, bacon bits and all! Just another idea for everyone wanting to come up with their potato pizza version. I'm definitely going to try out your goat cheese and potato recipe-thanks!
    -Em

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  42. ooooohhhh a Ho 'Za!

    I came over from the Ho Down & think that looks great & it is 3 of my favorite things
    Pizza, Potatoes & Goat Cheese

    I do pizza about a few times a month in the summer (on the grill) & will add this to the repertoire. Our favorite is caramelized onion, goat cheese & shrimp.

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  43. Wow this is like a new discovery to me, potato pizza, that sound so delicious.
    Cheers,
    Elra

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  44. I have had potato pizza once and forgot about it. Your version looks much better. We, too, are pizza fanatics and we make make the super thin kind, so why not put potatoes. Possibilities here are endless.

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Val

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