Pizzatatoes

Thick spicy pizza sauce and bubbly cheese over freshly-baked potato shells. A bygone favorite from the west coast franchise Round Table Pizza. Recipe adapted from Fat Dave’s Home Cookin’.

Pizza sauce ingredients

  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste (plus 1 can of water)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon table salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste

Additional ingredients

  • Small potatoes (3-4 inches in length)
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Other toppings, if desired

Preparation

  1. Bake potatoes ahead of time: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash potatoes, scrubbing well with a vegetable brush (in a pinch I’ve used a stainless steel scouring pad – not the soapy kind, of course). Poke a few holes with a fork and bake for 60-75 minutes, until potato pushes in with a little pressure or a fork pokes in easily. Remove and let cool at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise to make two wide potato halves. Scoop out a large spoonful of potato flesh from the center of each half. Remove more if you prefer a thinner potato shell, but if you get much closer than about 1/2″ to the skin, it may break apart.
  3. Spread about a tablespoon of pizza sauce (more or less as you like) in the spooned-out potato surface. A thicker shell will need more sauce to keep the pizzatato from being too bland. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, watching closely as time gets close. Cheese pizzatatoes may be golden brown after only 8 minutes; if you add other toppings they may take 12-14 minutes. Serve with ranch dressing, if you like, or a bit of extra sauce on the side.

Notes

  • Sauce recipe makes 1 1/2 cups – enough for 18-24 small potato halves.
  • For pizzatatoes the Round Table way, add a bit of shredded cheddar on top of the mozzarella.
  • Potatoes are one of the dirty dozen fruits/vegetables with the highest pesticide residue, so it’s great to buy organic if you can.

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