One of my favorite indulgences is sinking my teeth into a slice (or three) of thick-crust mashed potato pizza topped with lots of cheese and bacon. (It might sound a little out-there, but I promise it’s delicious. Definitely give it a try!) But it’s a rare treat, as the closest pizza place serving this dish is quite a distance from our house.
One night I was really craving this particular pizza and thought I’d try making it at home. I didn’t have any pizza crusts on hand and didn’t feel like making dough from scratch, so I grabbed a box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts and used one of those instead. After all, it’s perfect for chicken pot pie, so I figured it would taste just as good with other savory ingredients. I filled the dough with mashed potatoes, bacon and cheese and folded it over into a crostata so that I could still cut slices and eat it like a pizza.
Once baked, the flaky crust was light and delicate, which was a perfect balance for the substantial filling. I actually preferred it to the pizza crust!
Over the years I’ve changed up the fillings, adding things I might have left over in the fridge, like crumbled sausage. I’ve even made versions of this crostata with broccoli, cheese and bacon, and a post-Thanksgiving one with turkey and gravy. So get creative and make a crostata with your favorite flavor combinations! It’s a great dinner idea to have on hand for those nights when you’re not sure what to make.