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Potato-Leek Pizza

January 1, 2010

I waited. And waited. And waited some more. But the Pioneer Woman did not invite me to the ranch for new year’s eve. I was disappointed. But life goes on, and I decided to bring a little bit of the Pioneer Woman to my house by making her Potato-Leek Pizza. It was the last dinner of 2009 and it did not disappoint.

Slice of Poato-Leek Pizza

Did you get The Pioneer Woman Cooks for Christmas like I did? Open it to page 110. If you don’t have the book, the recipe (and a gorgeous photo) are here. I did make some changes to the recipe:

  • I cooked the bacon in the oven. I rarely buy bacon because I dislike cooking it, but this method wasn’t too bad. I lined a baking sheet with foil, sprayed a metal cooling rack with cooking spray, and layed the bacon on the rack on top of the baking sheet. I baked it at 400º for 10-15 minutes (you don’t want it to be too crispy because it’s going back in the oven later). I blotted the bacon when it came out, tossed out the foil, and put the rack in the dishwasher. Not too messy.
  • Because I tossed out my bacon grease, I sauteed the leeks in a little olive oil.
  • I used half the amount of fresh mozarella cheese (8 oz instead of 16 oz).

I’m not sure if the Pioneer Woman would approve of my slightly lighter version of the pizza, but I do not work on a ranch, so I need to watch my intake a little more carefully. I don’t know how it compares to the original version, but my version was delicious!

Besides the book, I also got a mandoline for Christmas. What a great tool! It made quick work of the leeks and potatoes and produced thinner, more even slices than I could ever imagine doing with a knife.

Happy new year; here’s to more wonderful food in 2010!

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12 comments

  1. I didn’t get an invitation to that party either! RATS! And I would love to own her new cookbook! That combined with your new mandoline…what an awesome Christmas!

    This pizza looks SO good! What a wonderful New Year’s Eve meal!

    Happy 2010! I’m looking forward to getting to know you better in the coming year!


  2. Well, I didn’t get an invitation, nor did I get any new cookbooks for Christmas.

    But I’ll gladly take a slice of pizza!


  3. That pizza looks like a delicious way to end 2009! I like your changes; cooking other ingredients in bacon grease kind of grosses me out, even though I don’t mind eating bacon, and a half pound of cheese sounds like plenty for one pizza. I did not get the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook for xmas, but I can’t really complain ‘cos I got some other fun cookbooks.

    Happy New Year to you!


  4. This pizza sounds so delicious !!!


  5. Beautiful pizza!

    Wishing you all the best for 2010!


  6. I think your pizza turned out really well!


  7. Um… no, I didn’t get the Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook (you think Santa forgot)? This looks like a wonderful (light *gasp*) meal for January Jill! I’m forwarding this to a friend in CA who LOVES leeks too! Like your bacon cooking method – I like it, but hate cooking it (that grease gets everywhere).. thanks for posting such a seasonal recipe (light, but comfort food)!


  8. Oops – forgot to mention that I LOVE my mandoline. I bought a Martha Stewart one at Kmart years ago. It’s all plastic and cheap – cost $10. I’ve never used it – but this Christmas I made her scalloped potatoes and they were so perfectly sliced, I fell in love with that thing! Have a fun-fest with yours Jill!


  9. My hubby got me the PW cookbook for Christmas. I haven’t made anything from it yet, but I think I will this week. The pizza looks great – I’ll have to make that one sometime!


  10. Happy New Year Jill! This pizza looks fantastic. I don’t have The Pioneer Woman Cooks book yet, but it is getting some impressive reviews – one for the wishlist.


  11. I made this pizza a few weeks ago. Yours looks quite different from mine–and much better. Mine had TOO MANY leeks–which was not to my taste. But yours appears to have better proportions. Maybe I should try again with your modifications.


    • Hi Romaine, I noticed that leeks vary a lot in size, so I ended up buying one large and two small. It would be helpful if she’d have listed the amount of sliced leeks in cups. But now you know for next time to use less. I thought this was good, so I hope you give it another try!



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