“All joy in life must come from the inside.”
I was having company for dinner. Actually, I was having a casserole for dinner and company was joining me. True confession – in spite of all the cooking that I do I’m always nervous when company comes to eat. I need to get over that. My freezer is bursting.
Nonetheless, this particular evening I decided to cook for someone. I also decided to experiment with a dish that’s been buzzing around in my mind. I decided to make pizza potatoes. That’s the name I made up for this dish.
potato chunks that are cheesed up
sautéed veggies that would go good on pizza – my choices were green pepper, onions, and mushroom
pepperoni or Italian sausage
grated mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 380 degrees if you’re going to do this dish in the oven. I opted to heat each layer separately, put the dish together, and finish it off in the microwave until the mozzarella melted. If you’re going to do it in the oven just bake it until it gets bubbly. This will depend on whether the ingredients are hot or cold when you layer your creation. But you knew that.
For the cheesy potatoes I simply cooked up some potato chunks, drained them, and mixed in some melty cheese. This went into the bottom of a casserole dish.
I sautéed the veggies of my choice. Those were layered on next along with some mini pepperoni.
Someone finally had the good sense to come out with mini pepperoni. Easy to sprinkle on and easier to eat. Winner!
I topped the potatoes, veggies and pepperoni with pasta sauce and added a final layer of mozzarella. And yes, I forgot to take a picture while the dish was hot. What you see are cold slices taken the next morning. I turned them on their sides so you can see the layers.
I’m sure this will reheat nicely in the microwave. And now for the critique.
My guest and I both agreed the dish was edible plus. I decided that next time I would make it with three or four times the amount of veggies. Simply stated, it’s a pizza with potatoes instead of a crust. We thought it was yummy. Then we went to a local restaurant for dessert.
Good friends, good food. A good combination.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.