Recipe: Make The Pioneer Woman's Potato-Leek Pizza

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Ree Drummond is The Pioneer Woman, a thirty-something city girl-turned-ranch wife and mother of four. Her blog chronicles her life as a black pumps-wearing, sushi-eating, pedicure-getting gal who fell in love with a rugged cattle rancher and moved to the middle of nowhere. She shares a recipe from her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, for Potato-Leek Pizza.

"This is my favorite pizza on earth, hands down," writes Drummond. "It's flavorful, textural, and girlie... the leeks set it apart from the fray, and it contains both goat cheese and bacon. What could be wrong?"

Potato-Leek Pizza

Yield: 1 pizza


1/2 recipe for Pizza Crust (recipe to follow)
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 leeks, rinsed well to remove grit and thinly sliced
5 small red or Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced paper thin
1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper

Prepare the pizza crust by drizzling lightly with olive oil and sprinkling lightly with salt.

In a skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until cooked but not crisp, then remove and set aside. Pour off most of the grease, but do not clean the skillet. Return it to the stove and, over medium-low heat, saute the leeks until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove the leeks from the heat and set aside.

Using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice the potatoes very thin. Be careful not to allow them enough time to oxidize. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer all over the crust, slightly overlapping the edges. Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with salt, then lay the mozzarella slices in a single layer on top of the potatoes. Place the leeks on top of the cheese, then sprinkle the fried bacon pieces over the top. Add a generous dose of crumbled goat cheese, grated Parmesan, and a sprinkle of pepper.

In an oven preheated to 500 degrees F, bake the pie for 8-11 minutes, until the edges of the crust are golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice it into wedges or squares and serve immediately.

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