Spice in the Kitchen: Potato Skillet Pizza

A vegetarian (and easily gluten-free, vegan) skillet pizza, pre-cheese, pre-oven.
Post-cheese, post-broiling!


Food and recipes have not been the first thing on my mind lately. Getting the kids ready for school, packing lunches, containing the mess that is my house have been. Man, I haven't even been grocery shopping! Last night, I had potatoes but I wanted to make something more exciting than baked potatoes! I scoured the freezer for frozen veggies and the fridge for pasta sauce and canned veggies. What I came up with was pretty freaking yum-may!

You'll need a cast iron pan for this. If you don't have one, a deep, thick bottom pan would probably work. Instead of putting it in the oven, just reduced the heat to low after you top the potatoes with veggies (and cheese) and cover it until the veggies are cooked and the cheese is melted. Or try baking the whole thing in a casserole dish. Just parboil the potatoes first, bake at 350 or so for 1/2 hour, then sprinkle the cheese on and bake for another 10 minutes, with a few under the broiler.


Potato Skillet Pizza Recipe (vegan and gluten-free options)
serves 2-4; prep time about 30 minutes with baking

Ingredients

  • At least 4 potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin (1/8-1/4") rounds
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • Pizza appropriate veggies/toppings (I used: yellow squash, spinach, peppers, olives, vegan meatballs and banana peppers)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cheese (use vegan if making vegan)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 450.
  • On your stovetop, warm your pan and coat with olive oil, place potatoes, overlapping, in a ring around the pan. Continue until the pan is completely covered with potatoes. Fry on medium heat until the potatoes are browned on the bottom and almost completely cooked. Sprinkle with salt. Take off heat.
  • Top potatoes with one layer of veggies and then cover with about 1 cup of pasta sauce. Continue layering with the rest of your veggies/toppings and any vegan meat substitutes. Top with cheese.
  • Place your cast iron pan directly in the oven. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Finish under broiler to brown the cheese. 
  • Let cool momentarily and serve with a salad.

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