Last Pizza Friday we had a special treat – a real Italian to help us cook! Our friend Gabriele introduced us to a new pizza variation: thinly sliced potatoes and garlic, topped with fresh arugula after baking. I know what you’re thinking – no cheese? I don’t think I’d ever had a pizza without it, but after tasting it, I was instantly hooked!
I’ve had potatoes on pizza before, but these potatoes were sliced so thinly that they only had an essence of potato, allowing the garlic and herb flavor to shine. The spicy arugula topping was a perfect compliment, adding a crunchy texture and fresh taste. (The beautiful arugula was courtesy of Big City Farms, who we also had the pleasure of dining with that night!)
We thought this idea would be great not only as pizza, but as an easy appetizer in the form of flatbread. The difference between flatbread and pizza? Nothing really. Just a variation on theme! I figured shaping the bread in a long rectangle could make for small square pieces that would be a perfect size for an appetizer. But feel free to shape it and call it whatever you prefer :)
Thanks again to Gabriele for the inspiration!
Potato and Arugula Flatbread
Makes one flatbread
What You Need
1 pizza dough
2 cloves garlic
Handful thyme and oregano (or fresh herbs of your choice)
Fresh baby arugula
Note: We prepared this flatbread according to our traditional baking method, but you can also grill it, which is a great alternative in the summer. Check back for grilled pizza instructions!
1 Prepare the dough, following the preparation instructions in the recipe if you’ve made in advance. Place your pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F.
2 Prepare the toppings: Thinly slice the potato (using a mandoline, if possible). Mince the 2 cloves garlic. Coarsely chop the herbs. Wash and dry the arugula, and toss it with a bit of olive oil.
4 Quickly assemble the flatbread: Drizzle olive oil over the dough. Sprinkle with some kosher salt and the minced garlic. Top with the potato slices, overlapping as necessary. Sprinkle on the herbs and some more salt.
5 Bake the flatbread: Transfer the flatbread to the oven, and bake until the potatoes are cooked through and just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
6 Let the flatbread cool for a bit. Then top with the fresh arugula and serve.