2.23.2012

Potato Rosemary Pizza



Here is another pizza for you to try.  This is one of my favorites.  I just don't love a pizza laden with meat and oozing with cheese and sauce.  I like my pizza pretty minimal on the toppings.  The sauce is a combination of shallots, garlic, lemon juice, and butter.  It will know your socks off!  The sauce recipe comes from CPK.  I followed their recipe loosely.  

First, you must make the pizza dough.  Use the recipe for Crusty Bread Dough.  Just make the dough.  You will need to let it sit for 12-18 hours on the counter top NOT the refrigerator.  Follow the simple instructions for the dough only.  Got it?  This should only take about 5 minutes of your time.  




Put the pizza stone in the oven and heat to 500 degrees for one hour.

This is most important!!




To make the Potato Rosemary Pizza you will need:

2 medium size red potatoes (or whatever potatoes you have on hand)
Olive oil
fresh rosemary
fresh thyme
salt and pepper

For the sauce you will need:

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced shallot
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup Chardonnay (I have used white wine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch ground white pepper
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon chicken base or bouillon (no MSG)

2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese

 


First:  Let's cook the potatoes and get that out of the way.

Line a baking sheet with foil.  I like the non-stick kind (fabulous).  Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon olive oil.





Sprinkle with kosher salt





And fresh ground pepper.





Slice the potatoes pretty thin.  Oh, maybe about 1/8-inch.




Spread the potato slices on the prepared baking sheet.  I like to rub the slice around on the oil, salt and pepper.




Then flip them over.




Place the potatoes in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.




The potatoes are done when they are soft and slightly browning.

Set them aside until you are ready to assemble the pizza.



Second:  the sauce

You will need 1 medium size shallot.





Slice




Then dice.




Put garlic through a garlic press, if you have one.  If not, just chop quite fine.




Strip the thyme from the stem and roughly chop.




In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of the butter.

That's just one of the 5 tablespoons NOT all of the butter just ONE tablespoon.




Add the chopped shallots.




Saute for about a minute.




Add the garlic.




and the fresh thyme.  If you don't have fresh thyme you may substitute with 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme.




Saute until the shallots and garlic begin to brown.




Add the chardonnay.  Don't freak out, I'm using nonalcoholic chardonnay.  Yes.  They make that.





Squeeze in 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice.

Don't use that bottled stuff.  I haven't found a culinary use for that stuff yet.  Let it remain in the bottle, in the grocery store.  Purchase a fresh lemon.  You will be so happy that you did.




Add a 1/4 teaspoon salt




Just a pinch of white pepper.  If you don't have white pepper, just go ahead and use fresh ground pepper.  I haven't found a use for that canned pepper either.  That should remain on the shelf next to the bottle lemon juice IN the grocery store.  Not in your cart!




I do not have or own chicken base or bouillon. I use this reduced chicken stock and I must admit it is pure heaven.  LOVE, LOVE, Love it.  You can purchase it through Amazon - Glace de Poulet Gold.  It's pricey, but this is the cheapest I have found it by about $10.




I keep it in the refrigerator once it has been opened.  It's like a think gel.  I just slice it off and add it to soups and sauces.  It has a very rich flavor.







Reduce the sauce to about 1/4 cup.




Turn off the heat and add the remaining butter 1 tablespoon at a time.  Whisking after each tablespoon.




They butter will melt and thicken the sauce.

Heaven.

Set aside until ready to assemble pizza.




Time for the dough.  Remember that dough you made last night AND remember that it only took you about 5 minutes?  Time to make the pizza crust.




This dough is very sticky so heavily flour a surface and work with the dough every so GENTLY.

Cut the dough in half .




Flour you hands and the dough so that it does not stick.




Cover the remaining dough with the plastic wrap that you used to cover the bowl with.




Ever to gently press and pull the dough into what ever shape you want your pizza to be in.




I'm going to attempt a circle.




Good enough.




Cover that pizza stone with cornmeal.




Gently slide the dough onto the pizza peel being very careful not to tear the dough.




Drizzle the edges of the pizza with a little olive oil.




Brush the edges with the oil.  This part really isn't absolutely necessary.  I just like the sheen and crunch it gives the crust.




Spread 1/2 of the sauce on the pizza.






Sprinkle with 1/2 of the mozzarella.  I only use about 1/2 cup, but you can use more.




Arrange the potato slices on top of the cheese and top with fresh thyme and rosemary .








Gently slide the pizza off the peel and onto the hot stone that has been heating in a 500 degree oven for one hour.  (That's just a reminder)







Bake the pizza for about 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is turning golden brown.




Take a peek into the oven.




Perfect.





You will find that this crust is chewy and crunchy all at the same time.  The lemon, garlic flavor of the sauce is just a dance in my mouth.  I seriously love this pizza.




Like I said in my last Thai Chicken Pizza post, homemade pizza can be a lot of work.  So worth the effort.
Especially when you use fresh homemade ingredients.  Nothing can compare.  Ok...I take that back.  Pizzeria 712 in Orem, Utah is quite amazing.  They use local organic ingredients.  Their pizza's are simple yet amazing! 



Rosemary Potato Pizza

1 recipe no-knead crusty bread dough
2 medium size red potatoes (or whatever potatoes you have on hand)
Olive oil
fresh rosemary
fresh thyme
salt and pepper

For the sauce you will need:

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced shallot
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup Chardonnay (I have used white wine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch ground white pepper
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon chicken base or bouillon (no MSG)

2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  I like the non-stick kind (fabulous).  Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  Slice the potatoes about 1/8-inch thick and arrange on the baking sheet.  Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes are just beginning to brown.  Remove from oven and set aside until ready to use.

To make the sauce:

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Add shallot, garlic and thyme.  Cook stirring until mixture is light brown.  Add salt, white pepper, chardonnay, lemon juice and chicken base.  Cook until the mixture is reduced to 1/4 cup.  Turn off the heat and whisk in butter 1 tablespoon at a time.  Whisking well after each addition.

To assemble the pizza:

If you are using a pizza stone, heat in a 500 degree oven for one hour.

Divide dough in half.  Carefully form into a circle and place on a pizza peel that has been dusted with cornmeal.  Spread half of the sauce over the pizza. Layer with mozzarella cheese, potato slices and fresh rosemary and thyme.

Carefully slide the pizza onto a heated pizza stone and bake for 10-12 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.

Alternately:  A baking sheet may be used in place of a pizza stone.  Well oil the baking sheet before placing pizza on it.  No need to preheat the baking sheet.  Bake in a 500 degree oven.

Makes 2 pizzas (10 - 12 inch)

Print this recipe


 You will have to try the Thai Chicken Pizza and the Potato Rosemary Pizza.  Then you can let me know which dough you like the best.  

37 comments:

  1. hmm..another spectacular pizza...(crying) I want that now

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  2. This looks so good! Do you know about how much the sauce makes in volume measurement? A cup? Thanks!

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    1. I would say a little less than a cup. 3/4 cup at most.

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  3. I love pizzeria 712! their pizza that has the pickled onions on it is crazy good. I'll have to try this recipe soon. It looks fetching delicious.

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    1. Erin, You have amazing taste. I love how 712 changes their menu with the season. Although I find myself craving most of their summer pizzas.

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  4. This looks amazing, but a bit too time consuming for me. How about if I just stop by the next time you make it? I live in Michigan but I'll find a way. ;) haha

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    1. Hahaha. You can stop by anytime. You are right it is time consuming. Delicious, but time consuming.

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  5. Mmmmmm this pizza looks so good. I'm obsessed with rosemary. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. If I wanted to make this on a short notice, meaning not having time to make dough that needs to sit for 12-18 hours, could I use a store bought/prepared dough? Or would that make it not as good? It looks delicious, I wouldn't want to ruin the taste!

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  7. You can check out the dough recipe from my last post for Thai chicken pizza. Just let that dough rise until it's doubled in size. which is pretty quick because of the amount of yeast in it. You could even use store bought. I have a son that has just gone into pizza shops and purchased their dough. It should be great anyway you make it.

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  8. I just have to get myself a pizza stone now. This looks delicious!!!

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  9. This pizza look absolutely delicious, and sound like heaven! Thank you for the Glace de Poulet Gold tip.
    J & C

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  10. This looks gorgeous! Proves that pizzas can be beautiful and delicious without piles of tomato sauce and toppings.

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    1. Amen, Lucy. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  11. what a great idea - i love potatoes, and never would have thought of putting them on pizza!! i just recently made my first homemade pizza with my little boys (they loved it, and keep begging to do it again). i'll have to try this. they are huge potato fans, like me!

    oh, and i love how you put so many great photos in your instructions - it makes it so inviting to try it!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Pizza nights are so fun. We have had teenagers making pizzas in our home for years and now we have Grandchildren making them. It's a fun family tradition.

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  12. I have been searching for a potato pizza since I was in Italy five and a half years ago.. We ate it very often there. This could be it! I haven't found anything else that looks so delicious! Can't wait to try it :)

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  13. Spring for real Chardonnay. It's probably a few bucks more and it tastes MUCH better. If you're worried about the tiny amount if alcohol, it cooks off anyway.

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  14. Om my! This pizza looks amazing!!!!! And the crust looks to die for! Do you have the recipe for the dough? My husband and I are on the hunt for the perfect pizza crust...we've made a bunch so far and while we like some of them, we still don't feel like we've found the "right" one. :P And yours looks delish!

    Thanks!

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    1. I hope you like the crust recipe. It's super simple. I know what you mean by finding "the perfect crust". We are still searching and experimenting.

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  15. Definitely bookmarking (and sharing) this - Sounds heavenly!

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  16. nice idea.. thanks for posting..

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  17. Steven Barton5/24/12, 8:58 PM

    A friend whom we had over for dinner left a half bottle of wine in our fridge. Now what am I going to do with a half bottle of wine? Make pizza, of course. Worth the little bit of time it takes to make this. Loved it!!

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    1. OR I have Charees kids overnight you could bring it to me and I'll drink it!!

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  18. thanks for this and for all the details, it great

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  19. We tried this recipe but some substitutions. I didn't use nearly as much butter and used vegetable stock instead of the wine for the white sauce. I also added mushrooms and caramelized onions as toppings. We also purchased fresh pizza dough from Whole Foods (still the best fresh pizza dough you can buy in my opinion). It came out fantastic!

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  20. Do you think you can make the sauce a couple hours ahead of time?

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  21. Hi, just looking at the recipe, it calls for a 1/3 cup of liquid but then the directions say to reduce liquid to 1/2 cup, is there water added with the chicken base?

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    1. That is a typo and should be 1/4 cup. Thanks for catching that. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the error. I have corrected it on the recipe. Whew! Thanks for being my eyes.

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  22. This has been my all time favorite pizza recipe! I cheated and used Trader Joe's crust… .but this sauce is amazing!!! Thanks for posting!

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    1. I love the idea of Trader Joe's crust. One FINALLY opened in Utah! Thanks for sending the comment.

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