The first day of summer is almost a month away but the temperatures have gone crazy, yesterday for example in was in the 90′s. Today it’s supposed to be the same.
With the three day weekend, everyone is out enjoying every ray of sunshine. The grill is coming back in season, along with back yard get-togethers with family and friends. Heavy meal are taken by light salads and appetizers, like a slice of this potato pizza brought to you today by my wonderful Liren of Kitchen Confidante.
Liren is a mother of two happy living in sunny California. Her blog is filled with delicious recipes all shown in beautiful photos.
Like many things in life, we come to associate people and places with certain things. The summer season brings to mind al fresco meals, a favorite wine brings me back to a fond dinner with friends, and the smell of crisp air and crackling timber transports me to a cozy campfire. It’s quite the same, I have learned, with friends I have made in the food blog world. When I visit Roxana’s space, I have come to learn (and eagerly anticipate) that I will be greeted with a perfect baked good, a yummy treat will lure me in.
To me, Roxana is a wizard and a temptress when it comes to anything dough, so I thought I would pay homage to her inspiration with something that is fitting. And the carb lover in me couldn’t resist making a pizza. A Potato Pizza.
The first time I had a thin crust potato pizza, I think the lightbulbs just lit up in my head. Soft slices of thin potato on a crisp pizza with chewy crust? I think I was in heaven. That first potato pizza also had a very spicy chroizo, another dimension of heaven altogether (to me, at least), but for today, I wanted to keep things simple. Potatoes. Gorgonzola. Olive Oil. Thyme. And of course, pizza dough.
On it’s own, it can be a snack or an appetizer. But pair it with a bold salad and a glass of wine, and this simple meal would make a very happy dinner.
This simple pizza is a carb lover’s dream. Layer in your favorite cheese if you are not a fan of gorgonzola, just make sure it is a sharp and flavorful!
- pizza dough (store-bought makes it quick, but of course, you can make your own)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese
- 2-3 small potatoes (use different colors for eye catching presentation & flavor), thinly and evenly sliced (a mandoline helps but is not necessary)
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh thyme
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place an oven rack in the lower half of the oven.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to your desired shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Transfer the dough to an oiled baking sheet and press the dough with your fingertips, creating dimples and a 1 inch border around the perimeter.
- Top with the cheese and potatoes. Brush the potatoes and the crust bordering the pizza with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and scatter the thyme.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the potatoes tender. Remove from oven and let it sit for about 1-2 minutes before slicing. Serve it with a salad for lovely and simple dinner.
Be sure to let your pizza dough come to room temperature before rolling. It will make it easier to roll and less elastic.