Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Potato Pizza

I had been hearing and reading rave reviews from Sally's and Pepe's Pizza fans. Yes- These are both very popular and apparently the oldest pizza places and they happen to be just 30 miles north of us in New Haven CT. We have friends in New Haven who have eaten at Sally's and so we decided we will go with them and try out the much talked about pizza's.

We were warned about the 1 hour minimum wait,and mind you- it was around this time, last year. The place is not very big but the line is , and sometimes the line stretches beyond the waiting  booth which is enclosed but is again a tight corner and can barely fit in 10 -12 people at a time,so we braved the cold and stood out. In this case the long line gave me the much needed reassurance,and I could already tell by the long line, that this pizza experience was going to be similar to my pizza experience in Naples,Italy. Luckily the wait outside was not very long,as the people inside the waiting booth got seats and we moved inside,this was not all that bad,I was warm and I could  now witness the waiters  through the glass windows bring the pizzas out from the kitchen in the pie pans,and see the excited and hungry look on the peoples faces who were clearly very pleased to see their order arrive.

My curiosity had piqued and every time the door to the waiting booth opened I hoped the waiter would call out our name. Finally he  took us in and seated us in a booth for 4, it was a nice cosy and comfy booth and we placed our order,I was told that not all their pizzas are on the menu,but their very popular fair is the potato mozzarella ,so we ordered one of  that and a pepper mozzarella. I have to tell you-the pizza crust was super and the potato topping was exceptionally good with just a hint of rosemary , the best part about the crust was it retained its crisp texture till the last bite and the toppings did not weigh the crust down. I have to mention here that this pizza was sans red pizza sauce :)  I was instantly transported to Naples where I had eaten pizza exactly the same way sans  red pizza sauce. My expectations had by now crossed all  boundaries and I could not wait to sink my teeth into this lovely crust I had been admiring for far too long from a distance;-)



This is a picture of Sally's Potato Pizza
I loved the pizza and was thinking about replicating the impossible at home(I knew I was being over ambitious)  but I had to give it a try .To some extent I matched the topping bit, but the crust needs to be worked on. I am sharing my attempt at making Sally's in the regular oven ,you have to give this one a try if you are tired of eating the regular stuff which is called pizza here :( I admit the crust is not as good as it was at sally's Apizza but it is better than most I have tried so far at other pizza places .You will notice in the pictures that I have made a thin crust .

Oh and yes-What a perfect day for me to post this.The UCONN HUSKIES made history today by winning the 89th college basketball match against Florida.YAY!!!! Here's a popular CT pizza  to celebrate this victory - Cheers!!!!

My Attempt at making sally's Pizza at home


From Kavita's Kitchen

Potato Pizza
Ingredients:
Active Dry Yeast:  Small sachet( 8.75 gms)
Light Brown sugar: 1/2 tsp
warm water: 1 1/2 cup
salt: 1 tsp
Olive Oil: 2 tbsp
All  Purpose Flour: 3 1/3 cup
Garlic: 2 cloves crushed
Chilli Flakes: to taste
Garlic Powder: 1 tsp
Oregano: 1/2 tsp
Basil: 1/2 tsp

Topping:
Grated Parmesan cheese: 4 tbsp
Pesto: 4 tbsp
Cheese: cheddar & mozzarella grated about 1/2 cup
Potato : thin slices of potato grilled


Note: I made thin slices out of 1 big potato and broiled them in an oven till they were cooked and later used them for topping.

Serves: 4 pizzas

Method:
Take a big bowl and add the warm water along with 1/2 tsp of brown sugar and open the yeast in this. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
Add the oil and salt and mix in 2 cups of flour in this and start to knead this,keep adding the rest of the flour and at this point add the crushed garlic along with chilli flakes,oregano and basil .The dough should not be too sticky. Cover this with a damp cloth and keep it in warm place for the dough to rise and get double in size.


Pre-heat the oven at 500 degree f , I have used a Pizza stone here.

Now depending on the desired size of pizza,pull out a portion of the dough and roll it into a ball and use some corn meal on the counter or the board on which you will roll out the pizza. So that the dough is easy to work with. Please avoid the rolling pin and try to work with your fingers starting in the centre clock wise and keep stretching the pizza with your fingers as you move clock wise,I like to work with a tiny portion of the dough as I have not yet mastered the deftness with which people roll out the pizza bases with their hands and fingers. Once you have worked out a medium size pizza,spread this on a parchment paper and start to assemble the toppings.

I spread the grated Parmesan and drizzled about a tsp of olive oil on this. Then I layered the grilled potato slices and topped these with the grated cheddar & mozzarella cheese. I carefully slide this parchment paper with my hand mittens on ,onto the pizza stone and bring down the temperature to 450 degree f and cook the pizza for 10- 12 minutes or till the cheese starts to turn a golden brown. I will also use a spatula to check the bottom of the base,when I see it has a nice crust which takes a couple minutes more or less depending on the oven. I will pull it out.

For the second pizza I used some grated Parmesan and then layered it with pesto and then assembled the potato slices and completed it with grated cheddar & mozzarella.

For the third pizza ,I used the regular Pizza sauce,which was also made at home and used some vegetables for the topping along with grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese. The toppings I used for this pizza are-sweet peppers,broccoli  & black olives.



Toppings for the 3rd pizza

Pizza Sauce




Pizza cooking in the oven on a pizza stone

It is a thin crust and crispy and chewy



I will post the recipe for the pizza sauce in my next post.

21 comments:

  1. Kavi pizza looks so tempting, pls pass it...
    Kurinji

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  2. Exceptionally yummy pizza and i loved the texture and vibrant colours of the ingredients ! good job kavitha !!

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  3. Wow! Pizzas look so yummy. Love to take a piece..

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  4. The topping is too good!! And urs looks perfect too..like the Sally`s pizza ;) Love the idea of potatoes as topping for pizzas...

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  5. wow..pizza looks grt...n nice presentation....frst time here...hapi to found ..so that i can try more rajasthan foods....glad to follow u

    http://subhieskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  6. KAvita, am inviting myself to ur place to enjoy ur homemade pizzas, both looks sooo tempting dear..

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  7. Love the topping..looks so inviting,can I take a piece pls:)

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  8. absolutely stunning recipe..kavitha..love d neat presentation..
    Tasty appetite

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  9. potato pizza looks wonderful dear....

    Event: Dish Name Starts with D

    Regards,
    Akila.

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  10. Amazing!!!I am gonna try the potato pizza for sure...

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  11. Looks absolutely delicious Kavitha,very very tempting.

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  12. I have heard about this somewhere but wasn't too sure about potatoes on Pizza..looking at the way you described it now I am tempted :)
    Beautiful job!!


    US Masala

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  13. Lovely pictorial. The pizza looks so inviting. As such everyone loves pizza and with potato topping who can resist !

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  14. There's a few places here with those hour+ waits....good to hear that Sally's was worth it.
    Your pizzas both look delicious. I really need to invest in a pizza stone too.

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  15. Found ur space very interesting with wonderful recipes, glad to follow u :):)

    Chitchat

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  16. You are very ambitious. All of your pies look wonderful. I've never tried potato pizza but your post has tweak my curiosity. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. wow!!!!!that's looking awesome. waiting for your sauce recipe:-)

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  18. Hi Kavita-Congratulations, for your team, against ours...I don't want to be a sore loser, about our state, Florida!
    Your pizza turned out absolutely fantastic. I usually add the herbs, with the flaked chili pepper, with about 1/4 of olive oil to brush on the dough, and pre-bake it for about 10 minutes, then add the toppings to finish baking, but from now on Kavita, I will do it your way, to add the spices right into the dough...I'm so excited about this method of yours. Also the addition of the sliced grilled potato...Yummm! Love it!!!
    You deserve an award my sweet friend, just separately for your pizza.
    You are an international WONDER!

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  19. A big Thank You to all,for all the lovely encouraging comments :)Veena I am right away posting the pizza sauce recipe,thanks for the reminder:) Elizabeth,after the first couple times,I realized I could just knead the herbs and the chilli flakes with the flour,it gets distributed evenly but the part where you pre-bake it and then add the toppings,is something I still sometimes do for multiple reasons :)This time the pie was thin,so I baked it along with the toppings:)It is humbling to know you will make it my way:)Let me know once you make it-if it turned out OK :)

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