The mashed potatoes return

As mentioned in an earlier post this week, I tried to be efficient in the kitchen this week by preparing all of our mashed potatoes at once and use them in several meals.  Today, that paid off when I was able to assemble a white pizza in under 30 minutes.

I used a refrigerated pizza dough crust (a little cheating for the sake of efficiency), which was prebaked for 5 minutes and then brushed with olive oil.  That was followed with minced onion and garlic as well as just a little bit of tomato sauce.  Yes, that last ingredient is not white, but it was hidden inside everything and it just contributes a bit of flavor and umami.  It is not the leading player in this recipe.  I also sneaked in a big handful of basil and some red pepper flakes.

On top of all that, I spread about 8 ounces of ricotta and a cup of shredded mozzarella.  Finally, I spread the mashed potatoes over everything and baked it for about 15 more minutes.  You’ll notice in the picture that tonight not even the potatoes were purely white, since I had mashed them with the skin on.  I didn’t want to sacrifice any flavor or nutrients from the great Birdsong potatoes.  After a full day of yardwork, we greatly enjoyed this very hearty, very carb-heavy dish.


5 thoughts on “The mashed potatoes return

  1. jeffchild

    Yummmmm it was so good. It did feel great to eat after a complete day in the yard but the mulching is now done!

  2. andrewsbeth

    That looks really tasty and beautiful! I love the idea of cooking things ahead for future recipes. Do you cook the pizza till the potatoes turn slightly brown? I was thinking, potatoes, broccoli & chedder cheese might also be a good spin on that. I never would have thought of potatoes on a pizza before. Thanks for another new idea!

  3. theneighborboys Post author

    Beth – The potatoes sometimes brown just at the very edges and tips, but I just want everything to be thoroughly cooked and heated. I like your idea of broccoli and cheddar. That would help bring more veggies to this otherwise carb-dominated meal. (You can tell I’m a distance runner from the way I eat!)

  4. andrewsbeth

    It made me think of a baked potato. I like them topped with broccoli & cheddar cheese. That is a main meal for me. Of course, that is a side for Bob. Thanks Tom


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