Potato Pizza with Chicken and Arugula
For anyone who enjoys pizza, this rustic version with its wafer-thin sliced potato topping provides a lower-fat alternative. Scattered with pancetta, cooked chicken and peppery arugula leaves, these pizzas are satisfying to eat and quick to prepare using pre-made pizza crusts. Serve with a cherry tomato salad.
500 grams (1 lb) new potatoes, scrubbed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 red onions, halved and very thinly sliced
75 grams (2 2⁄3 oz) pancetta, diced
175 grams (6 oz) button mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
2 pre-made pizza crusts
6 tablespoons 1% milk
250 grams (1⁄2 lb) cooked, skinless chicken breast, shredded
90 grams (3 oz) arugula
2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan
1. Using a mandolin, a fine slicing disc in a food processor or a very sharp knife, cut the potatoes into wafer-thin slices. Cook in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water for 1–2 minutes until just tender, then drain. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Heat the oil in a pan and lightly fry the onions with the pancetta for 2–3 minutes until softened, then add the mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and rosemary, season with freshly ground black pepper and gently toss, without breaking up the slices.
3. Place the pizza crusts on two lightly greased baking trays, then spread the potato mixture evenly over the tops. Trickle the milk over the topping of both pizzas. Bake for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender and golden.
4. Remove the pizzas from the oven, cut them into quarters and place two quarters on each plate. Equally divide the chicken among the pieces of pizza, then scatter the arugula and Parmesan shavings over the top. Serve at once.
Variations: For a vegetarian version, omit the chicken and pancetta and top the cooked pizzas with arugula, sliced, hard-boiled egg and thin slices of sun-dried tomato.Drizzle each pizza with 2 teaspoons of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. Grate an Italian-style hard cheese suitable for vegetarians (see page 9) over the tops.
Flaked drained canned salmon is good with watercress instead of chicken and arugula. Drizzle the can juices from the salmon over the pizzas.
Preparation time 30 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes
717 calories, 23.5 g fat (5.5 g saturated), 39 g protein, 83 g carbohydrate, 9.5 g fibre