You Can't Replace Food
When you move or a favorite restaurant closes you can find new foods to love, but you can never replace what you have lost. You will always remember those dishes. Always want them.
I learned a new one this week:
SOMETIMES (the sometimes is important) you can recreate them
I moved from Minneapolis to San Diego. I ate out A LOT, so there are a lot of foods I miss and I can't even come close to fitting all of them in on any given visit. One place that I will always miss is Pizza Luce. Their food, all of it, was delicious. Pasta, pizza, sandwich's, dessert. And they DELIVERED. But of all their super duper good items the one I ordered the most, the one I miss, the one I cannot replace is the Baked Potato Pizza.
Really good pizza crust topped with mashed potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, cheese, and then spread some sour cream on it when you eat it – it's amazing. So I decided to try and make it myself.
I'm not gonna lie, the first time did not work. But I got it. So let me share.
1 ½ cups Mashed potatoes (about 1lb. If you are making them just for this)
1 cup broccoli
½ cup chopped tomato
1 cup shredded cheese, I like cheddar for this
your favorite pizza dough
Sour Cream for topping
Make your favorite pizza dough, or take it out of the package if your scared of yeast like me. I bought mine at Trader Joe's. Don't judge me, I make pie crust.
Roll out to about 12”, building up the edge a bit for the crust. Poke holes all around the middle with a fork.
Bake as directed until the center just starts to turn golden brown. I really recommend using a sheet with holes in the bottom or a baking stone if you want a crispy bottom. And check it about half-way through. If the holes baked closed and your crust is all puffed up, poke it a few more times with a fork.
Meanwhile, steam the broccoli 10-12 min until it is soft.
When the crust is done spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the center.
If you need to make some, a basic recipe is fine. I simply diced my potatoes and boiled until soft, then mashed with 2 Tbsp sour cream and a couple splashed of milk until they were smooth and creamy.
Sprinkle broccoli and tomatoes over the potatoes.
Cover everything with cheese.
Continue baking until the cheese is melted, about 10-15 minutes.
I might not be remembering the real thing correctly, it has been over a year since I last had Pizza Luce's Baked Potato Pizza, but this really hit the spot for me. This is one less food I have to miss and I couldn't be happier with the results.