Recipe: Potato and Bacon Pizza

Have you ever decided it’s about time to start eating more healthy food and then been found as a sad, crying mess on the couch because you came to the realisation that it meant you couldn’t order a large pizza to eat by yourself while watching Lost anymore? Yeah.. me either.

Recently, I’ve been trying to be a bit healthier in my food choices but I’m not going to sacrifice my pizza and Lost re-watch ritual so I wondered what I could do as an alternative. Since the first time I ever tried a Potato Pizza I loved it – but found many places don’t make them and tend to stick with the standard tomato sauce base with toppings loaded on top and smothered with cheese – so trying to make a potato pizza seemed like an obvious choice to lighten up my pizza a bit and well, it tastes great!

My delicious Potato and Bacon pizza

My delicious Potato and Bacon pizza

I looked around for some recipes I could try but most of them weren’t really what I was looking for, until I stumbled on this recipe from taste.com.au. It was easy to make and didn’t involve to many ingredients to deter me from giving it a try (I have a habit of scanning a recipe list and getting lazy after about ingredient #6). I didn’t use as much bacon as suggested (only 1 rasher) and omitted the baby rocket altogether.

I’ve set this recipe as serves 1 (mostly because my plugin wouldn’t let me choose 1 – 2) because, honestly, I eat one to myself (as if I’d share this!) If my myfitnesspal tracker is anything to go by (which it might not be) this is 570 calories, so if that is to much for you, you could eat half and team it up with a salad instead.

The first time around making this we sliced the potato by hand, it was pretty difficult to get them thin enough to cook in time and so I ended up buying a Mandoline and put it on a  thin slice. It’s a time saver and the pizza tastes much better so if you’re going to make this, do yourself a favour and buy one. Just be careful though, they’re incredibly sharp, I was amazed by how easily it sliced through the potato.

You could use your own base for this but I chose to buy one. This is my 3rd attempt and my favourite so far.  The base is just a piece of Lebanese Bread, it was crisp and worked wonderfully with the potato. I don’t know what happens when you put cheese,  potato and bacon together but it is something amazing and just delicious!

 

Potato and Bacon Pizza
Serves 1
A easy and fast to make pizza that is delicious!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pizza base - I used store bought in this case
  2. 3/4 cup pizza cheese
  3. 1 medium potato, thinly sliced
  4. 1 rasher shortcut bacon, roughly chopped
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. Mixed herbs - I used dry Mixed Herbs.
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 200°C (395°F), slightly higher if not using a fan forced oven
  2. 2. While oven is preheating lay base down on a pizza tray and cover with 1/2 of cheese.
  3. 3. Layer potato over the pizza base, slightly overlapping each piece
  4. 4. Scatter Bacon pieces over Potato
  5. 5. Cover in remaining cheese
  6. 6. Add salt and mixed herbs (to taste)
  7. 7. Place into preheated oven for 10 minutes (turning after 5), slice and serve.
Notes
  1. I recommend using a Mandoline for the potato. The first attempt I didn't and the potato wasn't sliced thinly enough to cook in the required time.
Adapted from Taste.com.au
Adapted from Taste.com.au
Oh So Lazily http://lazily.org/

Recipe: Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle

Recently I stumbled upon Foodgawker and have found so many delicious things I’ve wanted to cook. I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed before now, people are making some amazing things and Foodgawker has all of it! I’ve started trying out a lot more things now because of it. Some have turned out well (like the Cookies and Cream Smoothie) and some not so well (like the 3 ingredient ‘icecream’) but it’s been fun just trying new things all the same.

One of the things I saw was a Broccoli pasta for 2 from Pinch and Swirl that looked interesting and easy. Originally, it had Walnuts in it… I decided to switch these out for Bacon and added a bit of minced garlic which ended up very tasty.

Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle

Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle

Most times that I’ve made this, I’ve put the Brie in a bit earlier and let it get all gooey and mix in with the other ingredients but this time around left it to later and didn’t allow it to melt quite as much. I think it had more flavour this way, even though I used less cheese than previous times.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can prep it all while your pasta is cooking. I place my pasta and water in the bottom of my steamer and steam the Broccoli on top which works fairly well.

Broccoli, Brie and Bacon Trivelle
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 150gm short pasta (I used Trivelle, but any short pasta will work)
  2. 1/2 Head of broccoli, chopped
  3. 50gm of Brie Cheese, chopped
  4. 3 rashers short cut bacon, diced
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat frying pan to medium to high heat.
  2. 2. Bring water to the boil and place pasta in the pot
  3. 3. Begin to boil or steam broccoli
  4. 4. Once broccoli is nearly ready, add bacon and garlic to the frying pan and saute, turn down heat once browned
  5. 5. Add broccoli and a dash of olive oil to the pan and mix together
  6. 6. Once pasta is cooked, drain and add to the pan, mix through ingredients, adding extra oil if required
  7. 7. Add Brie to the pan and gently mix then serve into 2 bowls.
Adapted from Pinch and Swirl
Adapted from Pinch and Swirl
Oh So Lazily http://lazily.org/