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Rustic Potato Pizza

Potato pizza has a special place in my heart. This simple rustic pizza made with just a few basic ingredients (no tomato sauce) is pretty impossible to find in Swedish restaurants. So the only time we eat it is when we make it ourselves, and it always makes me think of Rome. There you can get it in almost every restaurant but they taste best bought from any of the many hole-in-the-wall ovens. They bake them incredibly looong and you buy a slice of it by showing with your hands how big piece you want. Normally they are baked with lots of olive oil, wheat flour and parmesan cheese, we have made a little healthier version of this recipe from the lovely blog The Italian Dish, by using less olive oil, rye flour and goat cheese. The rye flour makes it a little bit trickier to knead, but you end up with a very crunchy and tasty crust.

We have a special reason for posting this right now. By the end of next week we are going on a family vacation to Tuscany (I know, we are traveling a lot at the moment), and we have decided to bring camera and computer. So if we can just find an internet connection we will give you a couple more Italian favorites.

Potato Pizza with Goat Cheese
Makes 1 large pizza, 16 small slices

1 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp instant dry yeast
2 tsp sea salt
2 1/2 cup rye flour (we used half light, half dark wholegrain)
2 tbsp olive oil

3 medium size firm potatoes
2 tbsp salt
4 tbsp olive oil
2 small spring onions
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
100 g goat cheese
salt & black pepper

Pour warm water in a medium size bowl. Add salt and yeast and stir around. Mix in 2 cups of flour. Gradually add more flour until the dough comes together enough for you to start kneading it. Knead for a couple of minutes, add additional flour if it sticks to your hands. Put the dough back in the bowl and drizzle it with olive oil. Work the dough until it’s completely covered in the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, you prepare the potatoes. Slice them thin with a mandoline or with a knife. Place the slices in a deep plate, drizzle them with salt and cover with cold water for about an hour. Drain the water, rinse the potatoes and pat them dry on a towel.

Preheat the oven to the highest possible temperature (450-500°F). Remove the plastic cover from the dough and start working it with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. Stretch and flatten the dough until you get the desired size and thickness that you prefer and move it to a baking pan covered with parchment paper. Rye flour doesn’t stretch as good as wheat flour but if you work carefully and flatten it with the palm of your hand you will get it right. Another trick is to roll it out directly on the parchment paper with a slightly floured rolling pin and then just move the parchment paper to the baking pan.

Brush the dough with a thin layer of olive oil. Cover it with potato slices, onion, rosemary, 3/4 of the goat cheese, salt and freshly grounded black pepper. Drizzle the rest of the olive oil over the pizza and bake for about 15-18 min until the potatoes are golden and the edges are slightly burnt. Sprinkle the rest of the goat cheese over it and serve immediately.


  1. Posted 13 Jun ’10 at 23:46 | #

    i love, love potato pizza but it’s so very hard to find here in Atlanta. i may have to take the plunge and make one myself. gorgeous post, as usual :)

  2. Posted 13 Jun ’10 at 23:53 | #

    I’m gonna give this recipe a try, definitely! I’ve never tried potato pizza yet and it looks divine! I’m a huge fan of potatoes in any form! :) I really love your photos, they are full of gorgeous light and all look so fresh!
    Have a fab time in Tuscany! Can’t wait to see some photos!

    • Posted 16 Jun ’10 at 23:39 | #

      Sarka: It’s actually quite funny what you write about the gorgeous light, since I was fighting with a sky filled with dark clouds while taking the pictures. Makes me feel like we won over the weather.
      Thank you!

  3. Posted 14 Jun ’10 at 03:08 | #

    Ohhh, I can only imagine the wonderful flavour of this pizza… :) Best of luck in your travels!

  4. Posted 14 Jun ’10 at 09:46 | #

    Beautiful photographs of simple and beautiful dish! I love the simplicity and cucina povera style cooking. Have a great time in Italy!

  5. Posted 14 Jun ’10 at 11:17 | #

    Mhm, beautiful! Looks like it tastes awesome, too.

    Have fun in Italy! I haven’t been to Italy for a long while, but Venice is calling me… hopefully before too long, and maybe I can get some inspiration from your trip =) Safe travels!

    Jax x

  6. Posted 14 Jun ’10 at 19:31 | #

    This pizza looks amazing. I love the simplicity of it. Gorgeous photos, really stunning. Have a blast in Tuscany. Best Wishes!

  7. Posted 14 Jun ’10 at 22:36 | #

    I love potato pizzas. I’ve made one that used leeks and it was tasty. Your crust sounds delicious. I hope my local Whole Foods has rye flour that’s affordable because I can’t wait to try this!

    • Posted 16 Jun ’10 at 23:32 | #

      Teri: I can easily imagine changing the spring onions for leeks, it would probably taste great as well. Hope you’ll find rye flour!

      • Posted 18 Jun ’10 at 16:49 | #

        I made this last night along with the frozen pink cheesecake for a going away dinner party for my best friend. Both dishes were FANTASTIC!! The rye crust had great flavor and the crust on the dessert was wonderful. Thank you for the recipes! I’ll be making both of these again soon. The best part was that I finished the meal feeling as good as I started – I love clean meals that don’t weigh me down and leave me feeling sluggish.

        • Posted 19 Jun ’10 at 11:54 | #

          Hi Teri!
          What a wonderful going away dinner you made there and an amazing post about it!!

          We are so happy that you like our blog and that the food turned out great, thank you ;)

          Have a great summer!

  8. Posted 16 Jun ’10 at 00:48 | #

    I’ve honestly never had a potato pizza, but this sounds and looks fantastic! I’m so jealous of your travels…your post makes me want to go to Rome (I’ve never been!) just to order a piece of the pizza :)

  9. Posted 16 Jun ’10 at 23:55 | #

    David and Luise,
    thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog and making me discover your fantastic site! I absolutely love your photography and the fact that you cook healthily (I’ve given up on that a long time ago, haha). Just read about your upcoming trip and I can only say: thumbs up! That is one of the coolest plans I’ve heard of in a while! If you happen to stop in London then get in touch and I’ll show you round. Righ, adding your blog to my blogroll right now and will stop by more often from now on!
    x Anne

  10. Posted 17 Jun ’10 at 01:30 | #

    Stunning pictures! I have to try potato pizza one day-sounds so yummy :)

  11. Posted 17 Jun ’10 at 05:26 | #

    Thank you for the shout out! Your version of this pizza looks beautiful – I could definitely do the goat cheese. I’ll look forward to any posts you are able to make from Tuscany. Have a wonderful time.

  12. Posted 17 Jun ’10 at 09:14 | #

    I love potato pizzas, but the goat cheese makes it even more interesting! This is just beautiful!

  13. Posted 18 Jun ’10 at 17:11 | #

    Wow! That looks amazinggg! Goat cheese makes anything better! I once saw potato pizza on Best Thing I Ever Ate and have been craving one ever since.

  14. Posted 19 Jun ’10 at 16:54 | #

    Beautiful beautiful job as always. From the tweaking of the recipe to the incredible photographs, I just love coming here. Thank you for introducing me to that blog! I had no idea it existed and now I’m hooked!

  15. Lydia
    Posted 23 Jun ’10 at 17:50 | #

    I made this a few nights ago and it’s was just lovely! I’ve always been afraid of yeast / breads, but I had to give this a go. I used Spelt flour instead (that’s what I had on hand) and it worked out great!

    I adore your blog, and your food ethos (photos and styling is lovely too). I may have to try the lemon spelt bread next!

    Happy travels!

  16. Posted 24 Jun ’10 at 06:54 | #

    Oh holy yum! Great photo! This looks awesome!

  17. Posted 26 Jun ’10 at 11:15 | #

    this look sooo tasty. I wish I could find vegan cheese here :(
    I never saw before a pizza with a potato filling, but it sounds great. Have a nice time in Italy ;)

  18. Posted 4 Jul ’10 at 18:58 | #

    I’m so happy I found your gorgeous blog with all the elegant recipes and beautiful photography! Will be visiting often. Potato pizza looks like something I need right now, as I’m constantly hungry these days :))

  19. Posted 10 Jul ’10 at 06:02 | #

    Oh, this is so pretty! I love potato pizza, but so many recipes (and ones at restaurants) seem to do things like alfredo sauce to them…

    Can’t wait to make this, thanks!

  20. Posted 11 Jul ’10 at 05:06 | #

    Lovely… your blog and pics are wonderful. Thank you so much for all the inspiration.

  21. Posted 11 Jul ’10 at 17:21 | #

    this truely sounds delicious…of course how can anything go wrong with goat cheese on it??

  22. Posted 12 Jul ’10 at 16:36 | #

    Congrats on Top 9–your photos are fabulous! I love the simplicity of your potato pizza with the goat cheese adding that mild sharpness.


  23. Posted 12 Jul ’10 at 21:29 | #

    Your pizza looks fantastic and pictures are great. Actually, I do not like pizza with millions of ingredients. I prefer very simple versions, two or three ingredients maximum. However, I must say, I am not a great fan of pizza dough made from rye flour (different story wwith bread – I love whole rye breads). Good luck !

  24. Posted 13 Jul ’10 at 04:06 | #

    What a great recipe, and beautiful photo! Again congrats on Top 9, and have a wonderful time in Tuscany (I am so jealous:)

  25. Posted 15 Jul ’10 at 20:31 | #

    You know, this actually sounds and looks delicious! I would have never thought potato on pizza would seem this good. YUM! Thanks for posting!

  26. Posted 15 Jul ’10 at 22:34 | #

    Congrats on Top 9 and FoodBuzz this is stunning and tasty combo of cheese and taters is well worthy of both honors. GREG

  27. Posted 19 Jul ’10 at 00:34 | #

    Looks really really lovely!

  28. Posted 12 Aug ’10 at 18:22 | #

    That looks SO good- I’m obsessed with goat cheese! You should try this recipe– it’s a warm goat cheese salad and it’s to die for!

  29. Posted 22 Aug ’10 at 01:32 | #

    I love potato pizza but have never had anything like this. It looks so damn good.

    Your photos are so beautiful too. Just breathtaking.

  30. Posted 15 Dec ’10 at 01:33 | #

    If it hadn’t been pouring down outside, I would make this on our gas grill but am already in the process of making this delicious looking pizza. Dough is rising, potatoes are soaking – we’re in for a treat tonight, I’m sure. Your photos are fantastic, by the way.

  31. Nanna
    Posted 23 Sep ’11 at 19:21 | #

    Amazing pizza! I just made a little twist on the recipe, and made it more autumn-like by adding hokkaido pumpkin and changed the sprinng onions with some garlic.

  32. tina
    Posted 15 Dec ’11 at 21:46 | #

    love this recipe! subscribe me please!

  33. BrooklynGirl
    Posted 29 Dec ’11 at 03:07 | #

    This was really good. We made it tonight. The flavors are lovely. Mined seemed kinda on the dry side but that might be because I’m use to pizza with sauce on it. I still really loved this though. I only did one layer of potatoes and I just noticed yours looks like it has more layers of potatoes so that probably helped too. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you!

  34. Rachel
    Posted 13 Apr ’12 at 00:09 | #

    I made this tonight for dinner, and it was full of flavor and so easy! I have made a few things from your blog, and they have all been amazing. Thank you for sharing recipes that are guaranteed healthy & delicious!

  35. Oriana greco
    Posted 23 Jul ’12 at 21:16 | #

    I have made this recipe COUNTLESS times and I must say it rivals any my husband and I have ever had in italy! there usaed to be a place in termoli italy that made this divinly- and since its closed this is our replacement (I love this MORE though)

  36. Oriana greco
    Posted 23 Jul ’12 at 21:17 | #

    i found it this recipe in 2010 and still only use this recipe to make this!

  37. Kellie
    Posted 8 Jul ’13 at 22:26 | #

    I made this with a gluten free crust. Amazing. Thank you!

  38. Posted 30 Nov ’13 at 05:54 | #

    I never heard of potato pizza until coming across it here, and it looked and sounded so good I had to try it.

    I didn’t have any rye flour or goat cheese at hand, so substituted with spelt flour and gouda cheese instead. The aroma of the pizza with the rosemary is so incredible. A good friend and I enjoyed the taste very much.

    The potato came off of the crust very easily though. It was probably because I did not layer or use very much cheese. There is a photo on my blog if you are curious about how it looked.

    Appreciate the recipe!


  39. Posted 10 Feb ’14 at 16:49 | #

    Wow, this looks delicious. Potato is probably my favorite food ever. My friends and I are renting a few villas in Tuscany for the summer and I wanted to have them all over and make authentic food. I can’t wait to try this, thanks so much for the recipe. Gluten free crust, great idea Kellie.

  40. Christeen
    Posted 14 Jun ’14 at 18:09 | #

    This recipe sounds and looks delicious! In substituting whole wheat flour, though, would the amount be the same?


  41. Thomas
    Posted 18 Nov ’14 at 21:04 | #

    I tried my first one today (with a dough from the super market) and we liked it both. Thanks for your blog.


  42. Yin
    Posted 21 Jun ’15 at 00:54 | #

    Made this today and it was delicious! I’ve never had potato pizza before, but it was a hit! Definitely will make again!

  43. Posted 8 Apr ’16 at 22:14 | #

    I live in Rome and this Pizza is my absolute favourite! Nothing compares to it, happy to see you made a healthier version! I will definetly try it! Bravi :)

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