Recipe: Mashed Potato Pizza Pie

Dear Reader,

My kids don’t like sandwiches. Okay, one does. You could give him a loaf of bread and things to put on it every meal and he’d be happy. You’d go through a lot of bread, mayonnaise and gravy though ūüėČ My point is that with all of us home every day we run out of lunch ideas pretty quickly. This recipe is an attempt to spice up our lunch routine. It sounds fancy but only¬†takes 30 minutes to make which is about the maximum time I ever have available.

Mashed Potato Pizza Pie


One large potato per person


a little almond milk, regular milk or broth

leftover or jarred pasta sauce

mozzarella cheese (or Daiya dairy-free cheese)

other toppings of choice


  1. Wash and pierce potatoes. Place on microwave safe plate and heat on high for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, roll them all over, pierce their other sides and give them another 5 minutes. If you have  a large number, you made need to roll them and nuke them once more. Your goal is to have them be soft and easily mashed with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, grease a baking dish. The size will depend on how many people and potatoes you have. It should be large enough to fit all the potatoes with a little extra room.
  3. When the potatoes feel soft when you stick a fork in them, place them in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle then with a little salt and pour a small amount of milk or almond milk over them. If you can’t so dairy or nuts, you can use broth for this. With your fork, mash, mash, mash those suckers. If it helps, imagine them as your enemies’ heads. If the mixture seems to dry, you can add a little more of the liquid of your choice. The point of the liquid is just to give the potatoes a little creaminess and a smoother texture. Exact amounts are not important here (that’s the kind of cooking I like).

pizzapie (3)4. When you have your potatoes as mashed as you like, make sure they are spread evenly over the bottom of the dish. Now is the time for toppings. Adorn them as you would any pizza — sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings.

All assembled and ready for the last step

All assembled and ready for the last step

5. Broil the whole mess on high until the cheese is melted and just beginning to brown, probably about 5 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it; broiling can turn from hot to burnt pretty quickly.






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