Me, Myself & I (Potato Rosemary Pizza)

Every once in a while a gift horse comes along. One that just begs you to not look it in the mouth...

Like coming home from work on a Friday night and having the house all to yourself.

All. To. Your. Self. 

No one saying "mommy, mom, mum".  No one asking where their uniform is.  No chasing down missing articles of whatever  it is that isn't where it is supposed to be.

Just a quiet, empty house.

Now, don't get me wrong - I love the hustle & bustle that is my life and if my life were in a constant state of calm I would be bored out of my mind.  Beyond belief. 

Once in a while though, me, myself & I time is a beautiful thing.

The beautiful thing about being home alone is that when it comes time to put dinner on the table, there is only one palate that has to be pleased - your own. 

Dinner doesn't have to include meat and potatoes. But it can if you want it to.  And it can include wine - a nice fruity white wine. The kind that no one else will touch because it's too girly.  Which is okay.  Because - news flash - I'm a girl...

Do you have your glass of wine in hand now? Good. Let's talk pizza. 

Thinly sliced potato brushed with a light topping of olive oil and baked until the potatoes crisp up -like a batch of potato chips fresh out of the fryer.  A sprinkling of rosemary and cheese add a savory touch that sends things over the top.  Semolina dough is the perfect complement to these rustic flavors. 

And while we are on the subject of rustic, don't stress about the shape.  Once it's all cut up and on a platter, shape just doesn't matter.  If you are feeding yourself - uh, then seriously, don't stress about shape. 

So, if you are ever celebrating an empty house on a Friday night, don't forget to treat yourself well.  Pick up a bottle of wine. Eat a good meal.  Relish every moment.  Before you know it, they will all be home - and you will be back into the heat of battle. 

Life is short. Savor each moment. 

This is definitely one of those non-recipe-recipes. Pizza is one of those things that just begs to be messed with.  The beautiful thing is - your house, your rules. Whatever floats your boat can go on top of your pie. And you don't have to explain it to any one. Unless you want to.  (And could I fit any more colloquialisms into one paragraph?)

This post is participating in #PizzaPartyin5 in celebration of the latest book in the Artisan Bread in 5 series. Follow the fun on 11/15 via Twitter hashtag #PizzaPartyin5.

Potato Rosemary Pizza

3/4 - 1 pound pizza dough (I used semolina dough from Artisan Pizza & Flat breads in Five Minutes a Day)
Corn meal
1 small potato, cut into 1/16" slices  (mandolin helps with this task)
3 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 Tbs grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

Place baking stone in oven.  Preheat oven (with stone in it) to 450F.

Sprinkle corn meal on a sheet of parchment paper. Roll out pizza dough onto a sheet of parchment resting on a non-rimmed baking sheet (round or oval -whatever shape will accommodate your stone).  Don't roll out too thinly - you want a bit of a chewy crust.

Arrange the potatoes in a thin layer on top of the pizza - it is okay if they slightly overlap because they are so thin,  but don't clump things up too much.  Brush a thin layer of olive oil over the whole top of the pizza. Sprinkle with grated cheese and rosemary.

Using the baking sheet as a "peel", slide the assembled pizza - parchment & all - onto the pre-heated stone.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, until crust is golden and potatoes start to crisp up. If you want a slightly crispier crust - slide out parchment from under pizza part way through baking. 

Remove from oven, slice & serve.  Pairs well with a chilled glass of white wine. Or two. Or three.


  1. Cher...oh how wonderful to have time for yourself once in a blue moon :) one palate to please :P I love that too. Something simple and yet delish ! Your potato rosemary pizza fits the simple and yet delish category. Lovely with a glass of your favorite wine...ahhhh I would look forward to that too once in a blue moon :) Thanks for sharing this with us. I would definitely try this with the semolina crust :)

  2. If there ever was a food that I would love to spend an entire evening would be this deliciousness that you made. Rosemary, potatoes, pizza crust?? Awesome.

  3. Oh yum! Pizza with rosemary and potatoes...sounds outrages!

  4. Gorgeous!!!! Thanks for joining #PizzaPartyin5! Zoë

  5. I like potatoes on pizza. Yours looks delicious!

  6. Crispy potato slices on pizza? Waaah! I want! I wanIwanIwanIwant! (Ahem. Sorry, I just had some caffeine.)

  7. I found it hard to move on from imagining being home all alone!!!

    Never had a potato pizza, but the thought of all the carbs makes me dizzy with excitement!!!

    How could it be anything but delicious!


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