Pizza Potatoes

pizza potato square

This is not pizza with potatoes on it.  Instead, it is potatoes topped with pizza ingredients. (More proof of my pizza obsession.)

My basil plants are growing like crazy and tomatoes are showing up in the grocery store that actually smell like tomatoes. It’s time for one of my favorite potato dishes–a simple layer of mashed potatoes layered with cheese and sliced tomatoes, seasoned with fresh herbs. After baking, the tomatoes soften and the cheese melts into a chewy, savory topping.

Some observations:

  • Sometimes I make the potato layer from leftover mashed potatoes.  It’s a great way to give them a second life in a way leftover haters won’t be quick to recognize.
  • If I happen to be cooking for people who aren’t fond of  tomatoes, I slice them thin as possible.
  • This is a perfect side dish for grilled or barbecued meat.

storyboard pizza potatoes


Pizza Potatoes
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 5-6
Cook time:
Total time:
Seasoned mashed potatoes layered under Mozzarella cheese, fresh herbs and tomatoes.
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream or plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ pound grated mozzarella cheese (you could use more if you really love cheese)
  • 3 medium-size fresh tomatoes, sliced ¼ to ½-inch thick
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped (1 teaspoon if using dried)
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh basil, chopped (1 teaspoon if using dried)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Olive Oil or Butter Spray
  1. Directions:
  2. Cover potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cover. Cook until fork tender but not falling-apart mealy.
  3. Drain cooked potatoes. Mash, add butter and season with salt and pepper. Place into a buttered 9-inch pie dish or 1½ quart baking dish.
  4. Cover potatoes with half of grated Mozzarella, then the tomato slices. Sprinkle herbs over all. Sprinkle remaining Mozzarella over tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Give a few quick sprays of olive oil or butter spray over the top to protect herbs in the baking process.
  5. Cook in 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. If it's too hot in the kitchen to turn on the oven, heat in the microwave until warmed through, then place under broiler until cheese on top starts to brown.

Other pizza-related posts you might find interesting:

Pizza Fish

My Favorite Pizza Dough

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan from Colorado June 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

What a great idea! I can’t wait to try it. We have had a clod spring so my basil plants are just beginning to grow. When they start to take off you can bet I will be giving this recipe a try. Love your blog. Just found it on the Tasting Spot Ü


M. June 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

interesting take on pizza or scalloped potatoes 🙂
sounds delicious.


nickki June 1, 2010 at 7:41 am

Now that looks really tasty! I also have a pizza obession and I adore potato dishes, so you can bet I will be trying this out very soon!


mike June 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

Now this is a first! What an ingenious idea for potatoes…. I’m definitely trying this – course, my basil plants are just being planted, so hopefully I’ll have a harvest soon!


Sandy May 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

What an intresting side dish! It looks so pretty and I know it has to taste good too. I will be trying this one soon. My crew will think I am so creative but I will have to give credit where credit is due. Thanks for ending my day with a fun recipe.


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