March 29, 2013
Once I became a mom and my first child got to the point where he enjoyed food I started to get excited by fun food for kids. Years ago, thinking of an appetizer I had at Pizzarea Uno, you know the one...a mini pizza pie with mashed potatoes...I decided to whip up a Mashed Potato Pie and see what he thought about it. He loved it and since then I make it once or twice a year. (You know us adults love this too, lol)
Now that my kids are confident kitchen helpers, they take the lead on this and so many dishes we enjoy at home.
Who doesn't looooove potatoes??? Potatoes and cheese!!! Or Pizza dough???
And BACON!! Don't forge the BACON!!
I hope you and your family enjoy this one!
Loaded Potato Nachos
or Roasted Potatoes with Bacon & Parmesan...Nom!
Mashed Potato Pie
Pizza Dough (for 1 pie)
8 strips of bacon
3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered (or 5 good-
sized red bliss potatoes)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 TBS melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
Black pepper to taste
Optional: Chives or scallions and sour cream.
Make or purchase from a pizza place your pizza dough. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes or until tender and ready to mash. Drain. While the potatoes are cooking, cook your bacon until crispy, when the bacon cools, crumble and set aside. In a lightly greased round baking dish, pie or cake pan (6-8 inches in diameter, no more than 2 inches deep) spread the pizza dough evenly going up the sides of the dish at least halfway. Mash your potatoes with a potato masher (or hand held mixer...kids seem to like both ways) while adding in your butter, milk, salt and pepper. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup of the cheese and half of your bacon crumbles.Spread mashed potatoes over the dough, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bacon and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow the pie to rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve.
Notes: Make sure your potatoes are not runny, you need them to hold up after slicing the pie. The amount of milk added will vary by the size of potatoes you use. Think rich and flavorful potatoes. Often I double the recipe and make a deeper pie. Serve with Sour cream (or drizzle the pie with sour cream for a pretty presentation.
You may have extra dough if making the above recipe...if so, save it and make stuffed pizza balls....the kids seem to love those! Just stuff them with pepperoni and mozzarella bake them on parchment until golden and dip in pizza sauce.