Recipe: Potato Chip Pizza

Potato Chip Pizza

Potato Chip Pizza

Two of a guy’s favorite things in a single recipe. This is a great side dish with a piece of grilled meat and a hearty salad. Adapted from Maggie Glezer’s Artisan Baking.

1 3/4 c bread flour
1/4 t yeast
1 1/4 c lukewarm water
1/2 t Kosher salt
1/2 t sugar
2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced paper-thin with mandoline
1 medium onion (8 oz), peeled and sliced paper-thin with mandoline
Additional salt for potatoes
2 T chopped fresh rosemary or 1 t dried rosemary
2 T olive oil

Method: Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add water slowly and then beat the hell out of it with a big spoon, hand mixer or balloon whisk. (The original recipe calls for 20 minutes in a stand mixer). The end result will be a very smooth batter with just a little gluten development. Cover and proof 4 hours or until batter doubles in volume. Spread with a spatula onto a silicone baking sheet (Silpat or equivalent) inside a quarter-sheet baking pan. Allow to rest 1 more hour uncovered; it will rise slightly. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes with the thinnest setting of the mandoline and sprinkle liberally with salt, working it in with your hands so all surfaces are exposed to salt. Slice the onions. Allow potatoes to rest 15 minutes; they will throw off a lot of water. Rinse potatoes to get rid of some of the salt and press out water using a colander and paper towels; a little bit of wetness is ok.

Poolish or Dough?

Sticky batter spread out on silicone baking sheet

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place your batter on the cooking sheet into the oven and bake for 10 minutes until it is just set up and provides a surface that will hold the toppings. Mix potatoes, onion and rosemary and arrange on top of pizza. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook for 45 minutes, turning once. The pizza is ready when the top is filled with crispy potato and onion chips and the potato is cooked through.

Comment: I have made some tweaks to the original recipe. It still seems weird to me but the result is killer. Note that, similar to buying a new tool for a home improvement project, this recipe will require you to acquire two items you probably don’t have, a mandoline and a silicone baking pad. Just do it. You will thank me later.

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