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white pizza with rosemary potatoes and caramelized leeks

White Pizza with Rosemary Potatoes and Caramelized Leeks is a creamy style of pizza. Holding lemony créme fraîche, steamed potato slices and meltingly soft leeks, this pizza is a winner for family dinner. Make it tonight with bought or homemade dough. Or even a couple of ready-for-topping pizza bases!

white pizza with rosemary potatoes and caramelized leeks

All pizzas are good pizzas. Slicked with homemade “red sauce”, a shower of cheese and a few vegetables or some cured meat, few would turn down a slice or three. But is a pizza a pizza without tomato sauce? I say yes. Yes indeed.

White pizza virgins no more

My first encounter with a white pizza was memorable. We had traveled as a family to the south of France, ricocheting from one beauty spot to another in a tin can of a rental car; each tiny village more picturesque and impossibly beautiful than the last. Hugging the Côte d’Azur with the windows rolled down, inhaling the briny air, we headed inland to our next destination.

The scent of the sea soon gave way to lavender, with diesel and smoke layered on, as we wended our way up into the hills heading for Grasse. Soon enough we became astonishingly peckish. {France has a  way of doing that to you.} Away from all of the exquisite cafés and restaurants of Cannes, the road turned markedly more industrial. Oil drums and abandoned cars instead of striped awnings and wrought iron chairs.

white pizza with rosemary potatoes and leeksWhen in France, just eat

As we drove on, the hunger grew. Luckily for us, eagle-eyed Andrew saw what he thought was a viable dining option up ahead. Driving closer my elation turned to incredulity: this truck stop, with 18-wheelers stirring up the dust of the arid roadside, was our lunch stop. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I may have muttered something about grounds for divorce. But there were indeed other non-truckers there. Well-dressed non-truckers at that. Sitting in flimsy white plastic chairs at equally flimsy-looking tables, couples, families and singles were enjoying lunch under a flapping marquee, held in place with what I can only describe as tent pegs. It was quite weird.

Rachel, with her schoolgirl French, dearest desire for food, and the politest of manners, asked for the menu. We were wordlessly pointed to a greasy-looking white board, with faded, indecipherable script detailing the permanent-looking plat du jour, and more. Instead of asking for elucidation, we asked for 2 specials (although we had no idea what they were) and a pizza. Pizza blanc? Rachel replied, oui.

And what came through the tent flap was nothing short of astonishing to my 12-year old girl. And Andrew and me, for that matter. A bubbly-edged pizza, all white except for an enthusiastic pebble dashing of….. snails. I held my breath for a moment, expecting an exhalation of disgust. But no, our girl, who’s favourite snack as a toddler was raw broccoli, lifted a bent slice aloft, the garlicky, snaily juices pooling, and just started eating. She loved it. We loved it. We were fairly rhapsodic about our plat du jour, but its make up is lost in the mists of time. Unlike the escargot-covered white pizza, which turned into a very happy family memory.

Odd, but true. 🙂

white pizzaWhite pizza is Italian

White pizza is a perfectly normal style of pizza in Italy. Free of tomato sauce, a white pizza – pizza bianca – is an altogether more delicate affair than a typical tomato sauce-enhanced one. A ladies-who-lunch kind of pizza. Whisper-thin, with an almost cracker-crisp base, a white pizza possesses a subdued palette of olive oil, garlic and cheese. Sometimes olives, anchovies and herbs, too. And occasionally a smattering of ricotta to cushion the spare toppings. This is not a pizza to gladden the heart (and stomach) of a true Chicagoan (see how deep a Chicago pizzas is!).

ingredients for white pizza with rosemary potatoes and caramelized leeksWhat’s in this White Pizza with Rosemary Potatoes and Caramelized Leeks?

My version of a white pizza is a little unorthodox. Nothing new for me, of course. Although you can totally leave off the whitest ingredient and top your dough with the cooked potato slices and leeks, it is too good not to miss if at all possible. Or you can use ricotta. But the cool, acidic taste of a good quality créme fraîche with the lemon zest is eccellente. Use homemade or bought dough enough for 2 personal pizzas or one large family pizza. Or use quality pre-made bases. I like to keep The Northern Dough Company pizza dough in my freezer for a pretty decent pizza base at any time. If you are more of a red sauce pizza fan, you can’t do much better than – save, homemade – Crosta & Mollica pizza bases, already topped with a good smear of tasty sauce. These are made in Italy, with Italian ingredients.

I digress.

white pizza with rosemary potatoes and caramelized leeksHere are the ingredients for the Food To Glow White Pizza with Rosemary Potatoes and Caramelized Leeks:

Good potatoes (a red-skinned one is great; keep on that nutritious skin please)

Leeks

Dough/Base(s) – see above for recommendation of bought dough

Créme fraîche, best quality makes such a difference (or vegan alternative, like Oatley brand {UK})

Olive oil

Fresh rosemary

Salt and pepper

Lemon zest

Parmesan cheese (or vegan alternative)

Rocket/arugula

Chilli flakes, if liked

—-That, my good friends, is it! This pizza is loosely based on one that Andrew and I used to pick up from the corner pizzeria when we lived in the New Town area of Edinburgh. Where coincidentally we are back in while our house gets an extension – and new kitchen! Although the pizza place is still here, sadly this yummy potato-topped pizza didn’t stand the test of time. Their pizza also had fresh tomatoes and a plain tomato sauce. So, not a white pizza. But Andrew especially appreciated the thrill of double carbs. Or triple carbs, if you count the sandwich he would make with the leftovers the next day. Another true story!

I won’t drag you through the making process. I trust that you have rolled out pizza dough before. 😉

But if you wish to add snails, here is an intriguing recipe for escargot à la Bourguignonne pizza. I’d love to know if you make either my white pizza with rosemary potatoes and caramelized leeks, or this escargot-enhanced one. 🙂

Some pizzas on Food To Glow

Greek Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Smoky Brussels Sprouts Pizza with Garlic-Herb Sauce

How to make a pizza in a skillet – Crispy Lentil Skillet Pizza

Eggplant and Greens Whole Wheat Pizza

Spicy Turkish Flatbread Pizza

Tuna and Créme Fraîche Pizza (a white one!)

So, what’s the maddest topping you’ve ever had on a pizza? Have you eaten a white pizza?

white pizza with rosemary potatoes and caramelized leeks

white pizza
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White Pizza with Rosemary Potatoes and Caramelized Leeks

A creamy style of pizza with créme fraîche, lemon, potatoes, rosemary and silky leeks.

Course DInner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword leeks, potatoes, white pizza
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author kellie anderson

Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes we like red-skinned ones
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil more as required
  • 2 rosemary sprigs stripped from stalk and minced
  • 2 pizza bases or dough
  • 1 tbsp polenta corn meal
  • 200 g créme fraîche or vegan equivalent like Oatley brand
  • zest of one small lemon unwaxed
  • 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese or vegan equivalent
  • rocket leaves
  • chilli flakes optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven as per your dough instructions - about 200C fan/220C/450F. Add the baking trays too, for a very crispy crust if you wish.

  2. Peel and slice the potatoes into 1 cm thick pieces; stack and cut in half. Steam the potatoes for eight minutes. Rinse briefly, and drain in a sieve. Toss them with most of the chopped rosemary and 1 tbsp of the oil. Set aside.

  3. Slice the leeks into thick coins. Heat the remaining oil and slowly sauté, adding salt and pepper, until soft and starting to colour.

  4. Mix together the créme fraîche and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper if liked.

  5. Sprinkle polenta over two sheets of parchment and roll out the individual pizza bases as directed on packet or recipe. We like them pretty thin. If making a large sharing pizza, just use one large piece of parchment.

  6. Spread the créme fraîche mixture over the pizzas, leaving the edges free. Add on the rosemary potatoes and the soft leeks. Sprinkle over the cheese. Grind over some pepper.

  7. Slide the pizzas from the parchment onto the (hot) baking trays and bake until deeply golden-edged, and the potatoes and leeks have taken on good colour - about 15 minutes. You can also bake the pizzas on the parchment, so don't worry if you can't easily slide them onto the tray.

  8. Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle the crust with extra olive oil if you wish. Sprinkle over optional chilli flakes and a goodly amount of nippy rocket leaves. Cut and serve between 2 and 4 people.

 

 

15 thoughts on “White Pizza with Rosemary Potatoes and Caramelized Leeks

  1. Julie Fitzpatrick says:

    I just got all the ingredients to make this! It looks so good!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Yay!! Let me know how you like it, Julie. I really think that you will. Here in the UK I recommend using Albert Bartlett Rooster potatoes, as they are a great all-rounder. What potato do you think would be good in the US? Yukon Gold? xx

  2. We spent 3 weeks in Italy over a decade ago and ate pizza almost every night…unbelievably I lost weight! Their pizzas are not full of fatty cheese and meat and look a lot like this one. Definitely a winner.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Oh I’m glad of the nod of approval, Liz. We’ve spent a fair few holidays in Italy, and the pizzas were always gorgeously spare, with only the best toppings. Not ALL the toppings. I think that an Italian might be horrified by the amount I have on mine though 😉

  3. Mr A says:

    Leeks and potatoes on a pizza, it’s a taste sensation!!!! Outstanding xxx

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Well, you are my chief taste tester now, so I’m glad this one was such a hit. Maybe tomorrow for Carols on the Couch with Maggie’s?

  4. Christine says:

    Hi Kellie
    interested to see you are highlighting a double carb recipe here in contrast to your recent low carb/no carb dishes – are you back on carbs? (I am gluten free/Low Fodmap for your info)

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I’m still eating quite low carb as it really really helps my gut and joints. But I want this space to be about all kinds of healthy nutritious foods. And be a place that embraces a broad range of healthy and delicious. Rest assured there are more low carb recipes coming. I label them as low carb for search engine purposes. But I really hate putting labels on, tbh x

  5. helen portas says:

    This looks yummy – do you think the topping would work on your cauliflower pizza base? Got one tired cauliflower knocking about and I was going to make the pizza base at the weekend. What do you think?

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Yes, Helen. I was going to do this myself soon. Let me know how it is if you have a moment. Glad it sounds good to you x

  6. Yum! This looks so good, love the creme fraiche layer 🥰🥰

  7. Your white pizza intro sounds great. I have never tried this before, I really want to travel to Italy, hoping the covid19 epidemic will end soon.

  8. Desicart says:

    Very nice recipe. We have to try. So easy, flavorful and delicious.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      thanks so much!

  9. This sounds absolutely Devine! Right up my street, thanks for posting it, Ive a lot to cook over the Festive Season so a yummy recipe like this is just the inspiration I need 🙂

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