Merry Christmas, friends! How was your Chinese food and movie? What did y’all see? My moo shu was delicious, thanks for asking! For my gentile readers out there, did you get any fun presents? Some of you asked what Hanukkah was all about, and I’d be happy to give you a brief history! Basically, way back in the day, the Jews were attacked yet again, this time by the Greeks. The Jewish soldiers, know as Maccabees, somehow won this battle despite lack of stature and coordination. But when they went back to their temple, it was totally trashed! Lame. So the Maccabees went to their oil supply to purify the temple by lighting the menorah for the traditional eight nights, and there was only enough oil for one night. Crap! Yet somehow the oil lasted eight nights. Holy cow- a miracle! So we light the menorah and eat fried foods to celebrate this miracle. In short, oil lasted longer than it should, Jews want presents too, so we celebrate Hanukkah. The end!
My Mexican potato latkes were such a hit I knew I had to make one more latke recipe before Hanukkah season was kaput. And I had been wanting to make a Jew pizza, so thought a latke inspired za (great scrabble word) would be the perfect combo! I took all the key latke components- potatoes, sour cream, apples and oil and put then all together into a tasty pie. The result? Totally awesome! Here is all you need for your latke pizza. Plus sugar and garlic.
First up, make your dough. I used the yeast specially made made for pizza so the recipe does not require the dough to rise. If you use regular yeast, here is a recipe I like for the dough. Mix together 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl. Then add oil and water.
Now time to get your potatoes and apples ready. Put potatoes into cold water and bring to a boil. Your potatoes are cooked when you can insert a knife and it comes out clean. I used red potatoes since they are waxy and are easier to handle when cooked than russet.
Now slice up your peeled apples. I used my new knife Bubbe got my for Hanukkah (thanks Bubs!) You can use a mandoline too but I don’t have one (hint hint, Bubbe, my birthday is next month!) But, don’t slice too thin, I noticed the thicker pieces were tastier. About an 1/8 inch will do.
Now it’s time to build your za! Roll out your rough on a pizza stone (also on my birthday list) or pan covered with parchment paper. You can make a crust if you like (I liked). Then drizzle or brush with olive oil.
- For dough:
- 2 cups bread flour
- 1 envelope pizza yeast
- 1½ teaspoons sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup of very warm water (about 120 degrees F)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- For pizza:
- 3-4 red waxy potatoes
- 2 golden delicious apples
- 2 teaspoons salt (1/2 teaspoon for apples, 1½ for pizza)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (one for apples, two for pizza)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 6 ounces goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- First up, make your dough. Mix together 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl. Then add oil and water and mix.
- Add in flour a little at a time and knead until you have a ball (you may not use all the flour), and then knead four more minutes.
- To cook your potatoes put them into cold water and bring to a boil. Your potatoes are cooked when you can insert a knife and it comes out clean. When cooled, slice them into ⅛ inch slices.
- Then slice your peeled apples into ⅛ inch slices as well. Then mix your apples with 1 tablespoon sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon oil.
- Now it’s time to build your za! Roll out your rough on a pizza stone or pan covered with parchment paper. You can make a crust if you like (I liked). Then drizzle with olive oil.
- Layer potatoes and apples on your dough, alternating one of each. Drizzle with more oil and sprinkle with minced garlic.
- Top with sour cream, salt, pepper, chopped rosemary and dollops of goat cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes until the crust is brown and the cheese is bubbly and delicious.