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Holiday Mini Potato Pizza

Loreto December 21, 2018

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Holiday Mini Potato Pizza. ‘Tis the season to be merry fa la la la la la la la la. There is something about Christmas that is both frenetic and calm.

People rushing around shopping for presents, festive parties happening all over the place, grocery stores with plenty of lineups, however, it is the most wonderful time of the year for us!

Song of the day: “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole.

Holiday Mini Potato Pizza

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

Holiday Mini Potato Pizza. There are plenty of appetizer ideas for Christmas gatherings, but truly noteworthy are these mini potato pizzas.

They are not your ordinary pizza, they have mashed potatoes in the dough for the crust. Talk about a tasty base to house all that cheesy fresh goodness of toppings!

Chocolates, and cookies, cheeses and meats, and beautiful pizza these are some of my favorite things…….

Food has a way of bringing memories to life. I would hope pleasant ones. It’s the only ones I want to remember. Nicoletta and I were watching an Italian TV program and something someone said really struck us. Food without memory is a void.

What is the void?

The void is recipes that don’t have an identity. Take for example the Lasagna di Nonna, take out the Nonna, and what do you have? ……. the void. I am sure we all have a story to tell of some family recipe and what festive season it relates too, and that my friends is the story of…. is the glory of FOOOOOD!

All I want for Christmas is………… Holiday Mini Potato Pizza!

What makes these pizzas so different from the norm? Well, they are similar to the regular in that they have toppings of cheese and veggie. However, there is that root vegetable that I believe everyone loves, POTATO! Yes, a potato dough crust. What do you think about that?

Holiday Potato Mini Pizza

Santa’s Coming to town………..

I heard Santa was planning a party of his own for Mrs. Clause and all the worker elves in the shop! I just managed to catch him at a moment’s notice and he asked me for a list of ingredients for these mini pizzas because he thought they were genius! So I did what any good child would do, I gave him the list!

The infamous list:

  • Flour
  • yellow potatoes
  • fresh good quality bocconcini
  • Anchovy fillets
  • cherry tomatoes
  • black olives
  • oregano
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • a handful of fresh basil

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire……… Potatoes boiling on the stove……

Nicoletta and I have added yet another tool to our quaint tiny kitchen. A potato ricer. I love this thing. Makes potatoes so velvety soft and workable.

Perfect for this pizza dough we are going to make, also good for when you are making Gnocchi!

Most of all you are going to strengthen up that handshaking grip as this apparatus demands some energy to get those potatoes through!

On the first step of this Holiday Mini Potato Pizza, all you have to do……….

Firstly we have to get those potatoes boiled and nice and fork tender.

Secondly into the ricer so we can get that texture that will blend nicely with the flour and a pinch of salt.

Thirdly, work that dough, work like dough! I would recommend some good cheerful music, always a great energy to infuse into this dough.

Fourthly, divide this dough ball into six balls and get that oven heated.

Finally, it’s time to have more fun. Shape that pizza ball by pressing it into a circle, leaving the border with a little raised edge. It does not have to be perfect. I kind of like the wonky ones! On goes the toppings and cheese and that is it!

Holiday Potato Mini Pizza

Jack Frost nipping at the window sill……..

I am that kid that sits at the oven door looking, waiting, watching that surface bubble and that cheese melt! Echoing that ever-popular question “Is it ready yet?”.

I can answer that!

Yes, it is, come and get it!

Look at that crispy melted cheese on the edges of this Holiday Mini Potato Pizza. Does that not look so so inviting? I love the pop of color that the cherry tomatoes give, and that aroma of the anchovies and basil has my mouth watering!

The crust is spectacular. Crispy and soft, starchy and so rich and substantial. The anchovies pair well with the cheese and cherry tomatoes and olives are a match made in heaven. I would really recommend trying these for this holiday season. People will be surprised at the crust and asking themselves what is in this crust that makes it so so good. The answer is: POTATOES!

We were inspired by the cookbook “La Cucina Italiana“. A book full of regional, traditional, absolutely delicious Italian recipes. And it appears, this pizza with potatoes in the dough is from Southern Italy, specifically from Puglia.

If you live in our neck of the woods that is Northern or Southern Alberta, take a trip to The Italian Centre Shop and fill that basket with all the delicious stupendous ingredients to make this Holiday Mini Potato Pizza.

Happy Holidays!

From us, Nicoletta and Loreto of Sugarlovespices!

Cheers!

Song of the day: “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole.

Holiday Mini Potato Pizza

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Holiday Mini Potato Pizza

Holiday Mini Potato Pizza

  • Author: Nicoletta and Loreto
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 mini pizzas
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Holiday Mini Potato Pizza. There are plenty of appetizer ideas for Christmas gatherings, but truly noteworthy are these mini pizzas.

They are not your ordinary pizza, they have mashed potatoes in the dough for the crust. Talk about a tasty base to house all that cheesy fresh goodness of toppings!


Ingredients

  • 500 g yellow potatoes
  • 125 g flour 00 (or all-purpose)
  • 200 g bocconcini, left to drain
  • 3-4 anchovy fillets in oil
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • cherry tomatoes
  • a handful of pitted black olives
  • basil
  • extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil potatoes with the skin until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Then drain them, peel them and pass through a sieve.
  2. Mix the potatoes with the flour and a teaspoon of salt.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 dough balls (about 90 g each).
  4. Preheat the oven to 450° F (230°C) and line a big baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Press each dough ball into a flat pizza, leaving the borders higher.
  6. Cut the drained bocconcini in slices and put on each pizza.
  7. Add anchovy fillets on 3 of the pizzas, sprinkle with oregano, salt, and drizzle with olive oil.
  8. On the other 3 remaining pizzas put the sliced cherry tomatoes, the olive rounds, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, then put on broil for 2-3 minutes until nice and golden on top and you see crispy edges.

Holiday Potato Mini Pizza

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

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2 Comments

  • Reply Matt - The Bluenosers December 22, 2018 at 6:48 am

    You’re so very right, food does just help bring back memories! I’ve used potato on a pizza before, but never in the crust. I’m intrigued, I bet it would go well with some artichokes or salty salami.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto December 27, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Hi Matt know your talking my language, artichokes and salty salami would be perfect on these wonderful potato crusts. Thanks for checking these out.
      Happy cooking!
      loreto

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