Purple Potato Pizza

I wait all month for this day to come!  Kitchen Improv!

Purple Potato Pizza | From My Sweet Heart

Thanks once again to Kristen from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for being the fabulous host of Kitchen Improv!  This is my absolute favorite group to participate in.  Kristen challenges us with 2 ingredients each month.  Sometimes the ways these ingredients can work together is obvious, and other times….not so much.  This month was pretty easy.  Potatoes and cheese!  So where do I go to get inspiration to bake for my favorite group?  To my favorite market…..Trader Joe’s!

And when I walked to the produce section, these purple potatoes were just waiting for me!  Beckoning me, if you will, to scoop them up and hurry on over to get the cheese!  Trader Joe’s always has such a great selection of cheese.  And wow, did I find an interesting one……

These pretty purple phyllo pies are topped with a combination of Asiago cheese and an Italian Truffle cheese!  Add some pancetta, shallots, and fresh thyme and you have something special!

Purple Potato Pizza | From My Sweet Heart

Just think of the many ways you can adapt this!  Pizza dough or puff pastryRed potatoes or fingerlingsBacon or proscuitto. Red or spring onions.   Rosemary, thyme or basil.  And any kind of veggie or cheese imaginable!  Here’s what I used for these…..

6 small purple potatoes

4 oz cooked pancetta

2 Tablespoons of diced shallots

3 teaspoons of chopped, fresh thyme

1/4 cup finely grated Asiago cheese

1/4 cup finely grated Italian Truffle cheese

8 oz phyllo dough, thawed

1 stick salted butter, melted

sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

I first wanted to note here that the pancetta I used was not very salty.  So I decided to used salted butter and even then I ended up sprinkling the pizzas with some sea salt in the end.  But if you decide to use bacon or a salty meat, you may wish to use unsalted butter for the phyllo.  Play it by ear depending on your ingredients!

You may wish to cook the potatoes in advance.  But simply put them in a pan so that they are just covered with water.  Add some salt and bring to a boil.  Cook until the potatoes are just fork tender.  Drain and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 400°F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Remove the thawed phyllo from the package and carefully unroll.  Place the stack on a work surface.  Use a 5-6 inch plate or bowl as your guide.  Place it on top of the dough and use a sharp knife to cut around it.  You should have enough room on the sheet of phyllo to make 2 circles.  Stack the circles together and discard your scraps.  You may lay a damp kitchen towel over the phyllo to keep them moist.  But I found that I worked fast enough that I didn’t need to do this. 

Place 3 phyllo circles on each of the 2 baking sheets.  Lightly brush all the circles with melted butter.  Place another circle of dough on top of each of these.  Brush each, again, with melted butter.  Repeat this process until you have stacked 6 circles of dough on all  6 of the pizza circles.  Place 4 slices of potato on each of the circles.  Sprinkle with thyme, onions and pancetta.  Divide the 2 cheeses and top each circle lightly with sprinkles of cheese.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Bake until the centers and bottoms are golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.  Serve right away.

These were so delicious!  See….even the photographer stopped for lunch!

Purple Potato Pizza | From My Sweet Heart

Enjoy these!  And don’t forget to check out what my fellow improvers did with their ingredients!


  1. Wow.. those pizzas are picture perfect! I have never used purple potatoes, but I bet my kids would love them. How clever to use potatoes as a pizza topping and phyllo dough as the base!! Great job on your Kitchen Improv!! :)

    • Thanks Ramona! But if everyone wants to see picture perfect, they need to hurry on over to your blog to see those amazing bacon wrapped dates! : )

  2. These pizzas are out of this world gorgeous. Love these Anne!

  3. Oh wow! How pretty! I love the purple potatoes and that you made pizza out of them. And your combination of cheeses sounds amazing! Great job!

  4. Ooh-that pizza is calling to me! You used some real quality ingredients here with the purple potatoes and the awesome cheese blend. Winning recipe from this challenge, well done Anne. I will mail you a pizza box so you can send some of this pizza my way-yum!

    • Oh thanks Tina! No need to send a box….since FOR YOU….I will deliver! (As long as your promise to give me one of your amazing cheesy pine nut rolls!) ;- }

  5. Anne, this looks amazing! Makes me want to skedaddle over to my farmers market and see what I can come up with. I love that you used purple potatoes, very creative!

    • Thank Jamie….and I want to skedaddle to my local grocery store to get the ingredients for your flourless chocolate mint cake! : )

  6. I love purple potatoes and the color they impart–I can only imagine how good this issue with the flavors from the pancetta and truffle cheese.

  7. I love the purple potatoes and the cheeses sound wonderful but I think what I like most of all is that you used phyllo, I never would have thought to do that one, great looking ICC entry.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

    Cook Lisa Cook

  8. So pretty! I wish I could find purple potatoes. I’d love to cook with them just for the color alone!

    • Thanks so much! I love their color….though they taste the same to me! I’m so in awe of you for tackling the home made pierogis! They looked delish! : )

  9. The colour of those potatoes is fab! Lovely.

  10. These look super tasty. I love purple potatoes I swear the color does just draw you in. Every ingredient you used sounds so good. YUM! I want one of your pizzas.

    • Thanks Susie….the color is exactly what drew me to these! Though the potatoes really taste no different. By the way…..I’m still smiling over your awesome Lego Cake. I bet Julian is, too! : )

  11. Wow and WOW! These look amazing and every single ingredients sounds amazing for a pizza. Need to make me some pizza dough now.

  12. This looks yummy! I’ve never eaten purple potatoes, will have to give them a try.

    • Thanks Terry! I don’t know what makes these potatoes purple, but they really taste like an ordinary potato. Love your cheesy chicken and potato casserole!
      : )

  13. These are so pretty! And truffle cheese – hello!

    This is my first Improv challenge – I hope you’ll check out my entry: http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2012/03/15/march-improv-challenge-potato-goat-cheese-gratin-recip/

    • Thanks Brianne! So glad you are a part of Kitchen Improv! Your potato and goat cheese gratin looked awesome! : )

  14. Oh wow! Super yummy! I love purple potatoes. They are so fun. These pizza’s sound fabulous!

  15. These pizzas look amazing! I HAVE to find some purple potatoes!

  16. Beautiful! I love the purple potato topping…so unique and tasty!

    • Angie…I just love the eye catching color of the purple potatoes! Kind of like the beautiful and fresh colors in your Pineapple Apple Salsa! : )

  17. Phyllo dough really makes me nervous and I always say I’m going to conquer it, one day. These purple potatoes are so pretty and I can only imagine the amount of antioxidants in them. It’s probably a good thing that there isn’t a Trader Joes here. Between them and the thrift shops I’d have to get another job. Excellent recipe and once again you nailed the challenge!

    • Thanks Sandra….phyllo dough is not as bad as they make it seem! You can handle it! And you’d love Trader Joe’s….lots of healthy things can be found there!
      ;- )

  18. I’m so jealous that everyone’s purple potatoes kept their color! Great eye-catching pizza!

  19. You went an awesome route with this challenge! These little phyllo pies look super delicious. I love purple potatoes! So pretty!!

  20. I have never had purple potatoes before. This pizza looks so good, I like how you used phyllo dough for the crust.

    • Thanks Alyssa…first time for purple potatoes for me! And your penne with vodka sauce looks fabulous! : )

  21. Only recently, I tried some purple potato from a friend and I fell in love with it :D
    This recipe must taste fantastic and looks awesomely retro ;)

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. These are so pretty, Anne! I can never find purple potatoes at my store. I SO wish we had a Trader Joe’s here! And love the use of the phyllo!!

  23. This is absoultely beautiful!!! How creative and healthy and delish! Please check out my Colcannon Casserole

  24. I am in love with those potatoes. They make the prettiest topping for that pizza.

    • Thanks Kristen! And I loved your ham and swiss pizza! Thanks for an awesome challenge and I hope you had a great day with your field trip! : )

  25. What a great way to handle this challenge! Purple potatoes are my favorites, but I can’t always find them, so I can definitely relate to how excited you got when you found them. Love your selection of cheeses and then the use of the phyllo dough for the crust! How clever is that?!? Great little pizza!

    • Thanks MJ! First time having purple potatoes for me. But I’ll take a big bowl of your mashed sweet potatoes with brown butter! : )

  26. Pretty as a picture! These sound wonderful, I love that phyllo base, YUM!

  27. Anne, I love the way you rise to the challenge and bring such creativity to your food. Potatoes and cheese are an obvious combination, but purple potato pizza? Yes! Love the filo pastry as a base too.

  28. Oh my…look at all I missed while I was away! Anne, these have got to be the most unique and simply beautiful pizzas I’ve ever seen. Those purple potatoes are exquisite and the lighting in your photos shows them off so well… how I wish I could reach into my computer and sneak a cheesy bite of heaven ;-).

    • Oh thanks Kelly…..and I will pass one of these to you if you pass me one of your beautiful strawberry coconut muffins! : )

  29. I love purple potatoes, and I’m hoping to grow some this year. That looks just divine!

  30. This recipe is so unique! I absolutely love the thin crust, loaded with cheese and potato. Can almost taste this!

  31. What a wacky pizza! I would love to try it :)

    • Maureen…you try this wacky potato pizza and I will try your amazing Coconut Macaroon and Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches! : )

  32. oh Anne, these are just so beautiful! I love purple potatoes. Going to buy some from Wegmans and make some pizza!
    Happy I found you on Pinterest and Facebook

    • Thanks Roxana! And you are so lucky….I wish I had a Wegman’s near me. So happy to have met you….your site and your recipes are truly amazing……those black bean brownies look incredible! : )

  33. Oh my gosh Anne, this is absolutely amazing. You knocked this out of the park. Loving it, you know me and pizza.

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