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Cheesy Potato Pizza with Thyme

May 13, 2018 (Last Updated: October 14, 2020) by Emily

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An incredible Italian Potato Pizza made with a simple cheesy white base spread over homemade pizza dough and then topped with thinly sliced potatoes, onions, and thyme. This pizza is super easy and so delicious, one you’ll be making again and again!

An overhead shot of a cheesy potato pizza with a large slice cut

When it comes to pizza this is one of my all-time favs alongside Pizza Napoli and Quattro Formaggi!

It seems strange though, right? Carb on carb, potatoes on bread, doesn’t seem overly exciting and to be honest that was my first thought when I moved to Italy and came across it.

All I can say is, there is a reason potato pizza is super popular in Italy! Do not wait any longer to try it, omg it’s just SO delicious.

It’s cheesy, tangy, and completely moreish and I guarantee you’ll want it again and again. It’s also pretty perfect with a glass of red wine!

What you need – ingredients

  • Homemade pizza dough – I use my traditional pizza dough recipe. I love this pizza dough because it’s easy, light, airy and so delicious. Ok it takes a few hours to rise but it literally only takes 10 minutes of prep work then you can leave it to do it’s thing until you’re ready to use it.
  • Gruyere cheese & sour cream – mix grated gruyere ( or Fontina, Comte, or another good melting cheese) with sour cream for the ultimate cheesy white base. I use this combo a lot for white pizza and it’s SO delicious, tangy, cheesy, and utterly addictive!
  • Potatoes – it’s better to use a waxy potato rather than floury such as Yukon Gold (US) or Maris Piper (UK), new or baby potatoes would also work really well. Slice them as thin as possible with a knife like I have or you can use a Mandolin.
  • Onion – you don’t need much, just a small onion thinly sliced on top. Just how we’d get it in our local bakery in Italy.
  • Thyme – fresh thyme goes perfectly with the potatoes and cheesy white base but you could also use rosemary or oregano. Other than oregano make sure to use fresh herbs.

How to make this Potato Pizza – step by step

First, make the cheesy base by adding the sour cream and grated gruyere cheese in a bowl and mix with a small pinch of pepper until combined (photo 1-2).

Sprinkle polenta, semolina flour or regular flour on two large baking trays so the dough doesn’t stick, roll out half of the pizza dough and place it on the baking tray (photo 3-4).

Step by step photos for how to make a cheesy potato pizza

Spread half of the cheesy mixture on the pizza base and top with thinly sliced potato slices. Add thin strips of onion, a sprinkle of fresh thyme, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil (photo 4-6).

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes (this is enough to make two large pizzas so time depends on if you are baking both at the same time or not) until the crust is golden and the topping is golden and bubbling.

Top tips and recipe FAQs

  • Oven temperature – Preheat the oven to the highest temperature possible before baking the pizzas.
  • Prepare your pizza trays – Always sprinkle semolina flour, polenta or regular flour on the baking trays before placing the dough on top so it doesn’t stick. Semolina flour is best for a nice crispy base.
  • Prep the potatoes – Cut the potatoes as thinly as possible using a sharp knife so they cook at the same time as everything else.
  • For the pizza dough follow these instructions and use type 0 or type 00 Italian flour for best results if you can’t get this regular all purpose flour will do.
  • Herbs – If you don’t have thyme, rosemary or oregano would also work really well.
  • How to roll out the pizza dough – choose whatever thickness you prefer, with my pizza dough recipe you can make either a thick or thin crust (the instant pizza dough will only make a thin crust). I usually use a rolling pin dusted with flour and roll half the dough out at a time to around 1/4 inch / 1/2 cm thickness.
Will the potatoes cook in time?

To make sure the potatoes cook evenly and at the same time as the pizza make sure to slice them thinly. You can do this with a sharp knife or mandolin. Remember to heat your oven to the highest temperature too!

How long do leftovers last?

Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for around 2-3 days. You can re-heat the pizza or enjoy it cold.

Can I freeze this pizza?

Yes, you can freeze this pizza but because there is a creamy cheesy base the texture may change after freezing. I find it easier to freeze pizza dough and assemble the pizza when ready to bake.

Extra pizza tips

If you’re new to making homemade pizza or want to up your game check out our two quick and easy guides; The Best Tools for Making Homemade Pizza and The Best Flour for Making Homemade Pizza.

A side shot close up of a potato pizza on a marble work surface

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Cheesy Potato Pizza with Thyme

An incredible Italian potato pizza made with a super cheesy white base and topped with thinly sliced potatoes, onions, and thyme.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
to make dough 4 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 – 6 people
Calories 626kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1 batch basic pizza dough
  • 2 to 3 large waxy potatoes cut into as thin slices as possible ( or 8-10 small ones)
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp sour cream (250g)
  • 1 2/3 cup Gruyere cheese (160g) Fontina, Comte or any good melting cheese will also work.
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • Flour for dusting
  • Semolina flour polenta or regular flour, for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to the highest temperature possible. First, make the cheesy base by adding the sour cream and grated gruyere cheese in a bowl and mix with a small pinch of pepper until combined.
  • Sprinkle polenta, semolina flour or regular flour on two large baking trays so the dough doesn’t stick, roll out half of the pizza dough and place it on the baking tray.
  • Spread half of the cheesy mixture on the pizza base and top with thinly sliced potato slices. Add thin strips of onion, a sprinkle of fresh thyme, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes (this is enough to make two large pizzas so time depends on if you are baking both at the same time or not) until the crust is golden and the topping is golden and bubbling.

Notes

  • Oven temperature – Preheat the oven to the highest temperature possible before baking the pizzas.
  • Prepare your pizza trays – Always sprinkle semolina flour, polenta or regular flour on the baking trays before placing the dough on top so it doesn’t stick. Semolina flour is best for a nice crispy base.
  • Prep the potatoes – Cut the potatoes as thinly as possible using a sharp knife so they cook at the same time as everything else.
  • For the pizza dough follow these instructions and use type 0 or type 00 Italian flour for best results if you can’t get this regular all purpose flour will do.
  • Herbs – If you don’t have thyme, rosemary or oregano would also work really well.
  • How to roll out the pizza dough – choose whatever thickness you prefer, with my pizza dough recipe you can make either a thick or thin crust (the instant pizza dough will only make a thin crust). I usually use a rolling pin dusted with flour and roll half the dough out at a time to around 1/4 inch / 1/2 cm thickness

Nutrition

Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 523mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Alia @ Everyday Easy Eats
    May 28, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Ooo Emily your potato pizza looks so cheesy and comforting! And your photography is so well-done! Great work my dear! 🙂

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
    May 27, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Yum!! The first time I had potato pizza I was like whaaattt? But now I know just how darn delicious it is!! Love the cheesy sauce!5 stars

  • Reply
    Dana
    May 20, 2018 at 1:11 am

    What a stunning pizza pie! My goodness. I’ve never thrown potatoes onto my pizza but yeah, that needs to happen. Sometimes *all* the carbs are needed 🙂5 stars

  • Reply
    Natalie
    May 14, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Oh my goodness this pizza looks amazing! I really love your photographs! It’s also such a great idea for Shavuot (a holiday we’re celebrating soon, in which cheesy pastries are traditional). Thanks for a lovely recipe!5 stars

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      May 14, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Thanks so much Natalie, oh I’ve never heard of that holiday before but I love the sound of the food. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Trang
    May 14, 2018 at 7:24 am

    This potato pizza looks delicious. Your photos make make want to reach through the screen for a bite!5 stars

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    May 14, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Cheese, potatoes and bread, welcome to my comfort food heaven, this sounds delicious!5 stars

  • Reply
    sondria Harp
    May 14, 2018 at 2:36 am

    I’ve never had potato on pizza, it is now something that I have to try and this creamy white base is errrythang!!!5 stars

  • Reply
    Liz
    May 14, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Ok this sounds DELICIOUS! My husband loves potato pizza. I can’t wait to make this!5 stars

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