November 10, 2009

Mashed Potato Bacon Chive Pizza

Everyone time someone eats at Otto Pizza, they mention their potato, bacon, scallion pizza (The Phoenix, Appetite Portland, Eat & Run, and me). I didn't have a slice of that particular topping-combo when I was there, but it definitely stuck in the back of my mind. I have heard and read many people raving about pizzas and potatoes, so I decided to give it a whirl.

I am was a huge fan of the Portland Pie Company's wheat dough available at the grocery store (now I prefer Muccicci's frozen dough). It always makes for an easy, delicious weeknight dinner, as it allows you to focus your creative energy into the toppings, rather than spending a lot of time making your own dough.

So for this topping combo, I made mashed potatoes (secret: boil some garlic with your potatoes and then mash it all up together. It makes the garlic sweeter, rather than adding raw garlic at the end, which can be overpowering. Unless you're into that sorta thing).

I dotted the mash onto the olive oiled and buttered crust, and sprinkled chopped cooked bacon, and diced chives on it. I bake mine in a reasonably hot oven, because I like the crust to crisp up a lot and the toppings to brown. OH, I also sprinkled on a little grated triple creme cheese. Delish! My version was so good, I can only imagine how it must taste when the pros do it.