Leeks and potatoes are a match made in heaven. Usually they are found together in creamy Vichyssoise soup, but I think I love them best here, as a topping for pizza. The mix of thinly sliced potatoes, mild oniony leeks, and nutty tasting Gruyere is the perfect indulgence when you’re looking for some healthy comfort during treatment. And if you think that potatoes and pizza don’t go together think again. They most certainly do. Try this Potato, Leek & Gruyere Pizza and see for yourself.
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, thyme, salt and pepper. Sauté until soft and turning slightly golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
3. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
4. Sprinkle 1 cup of the grated Gruyere evenly over the dough. Place the leek mixture on top and then add the thinly sliced potatoes in one layer over the cheese and leeks and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of cheese .
5. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 12 minutes, or until the crust is browned and crispy and the potatoes are tender. Slice and serve with a simple salad.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced (about 2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 ball pizza dough (See Ann’s Tip)
- 1½ cups grated Gruyere, or to taste
- 3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced very thin on a mandolin or box grater, soaked in cold water
Ann's Tips and Tricks
Pre-rolled and par-baked crusts can be bought from your local market for a quick pizza fix when you are in a hurry. You can also buy raw pizza dough from your favorite pizzeria or bakery to roll out yourself. Just ask them for it.
If you can’t find either of these, pizza toppings are good on many things, from pita breads to bagels!
My friend John used to make delicious ‘pizza’ using Middle Eastern lavash flat bread that he found in the supermarket up the street from his New York City apartment. What I am trying to say is that you don’t need a pizza crust to make great pizza. Be bold and experiment – it will still be delicious!