Roasted Potato Pizza with Goat Cheese, Spring Herbs and Urfa Biber

Biber isn't a recipe for Justin Bieber. It is actually a spice or a dried Turkish pepper that is also called Isot pepper. Its an interesting twist to your home made pizza that is presented to you by Food 52. 
It takes a little longer to make but its worth the wait! 

Pizza Dough
2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup rye flour
3 cups white flour, plus more as needed

Combine the water with the yeast and let stand until foamy. Add the olive oil and the salt. Stir in the rye flour and white flour, a little at a time, until the dough comes together and looks a bit ragged. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for a minute. The dough should feel soft and a little tacky, but not sticky. Well-floured hands can help you knead it without adding too much additional flour. A wet dough makes a crisp crust. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rise for about 2 hours. Once risen, turn the dough onto the counter and deflate it. Divide the dough into two pieces and let it rest on the counter for about 30 minutes. This recipe makes enough dough for 2 pizzas. You can reserve the rest of the dough in a zip-loc bag in the refrigerator for another time, or double the amount of topping ingredients and make two pizzas.

Assembling the Pizza
3 Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8" thick
olive oil
1 bunch thyme, leaves removed, lightly chopped
kosher salt
1 cup chopped herb mixture: chives, sorrel and parsley
1-2 radishes, julienned
squeeze of lemon juice
1/2 recipe pizza dough, above
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
Urfa Biber, to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. If you are using a pizza stone, have it heating up in the oven on a lower rack. Have another rack ready to roast the potatoes. Toss the sliced potatoes with a glug of olive oil, the chopped thyme leaves and a teaspoon of kosher salt. Spread them out on a heavy baking sheet. Roast about 15 minutes, or until the slices turn golden on their undersides. Remove from the oven. Try not to nibble on too many of the potatoes. Turn the oven temperature up to 500 degrees. The oven needs to be thoroughly pre-heated. Just before you are ready to assemble the pizza, make the herb salad. Combine the herb mixture in a small bowl with the radish, a teaspoon of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Fluff with fork and taste for seasoning. Flatten one piece of pizza dough, sprinkle it with flour, and press it into an oval on a floured surface. Brush a piece of parchment paper with olive oil, then lift the dough onto it. Press or roll the dough out until the dough is very thin, but not transparent in any places. An average pizza could be 14 inches long and 10 inches wide. At this point, transfer the dough and parchment onto a peel, if you are using one. Alternatively transfer the dough and parchment onto a baking sheet. Lay the potato slices evenly over the top of the dough, overlapping a little to get good coverage. Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese over the potatoes. Slide the whole pizza, parchment and all, onto a pizza stone. Alternatively, place the baking sheet into the oven. Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes. The crust should be golden and the cheese melted and bubbly. Use the peel to slide the pizza out, or remove the baking pan. Transfer the pizza to a cutting surface. Spoon the herb salad liberally over the top and sprinkle the Urfa Biber in place of the typical red pepper flakes--more pepper means more heat. Slice and enjoy!

Posted by Diane Araga, on May 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM