About this recipe:For anyone who enjoys pizza, this rustic version with its wafer-thin sliced potato topping, provides a lower-fat alternative. Scattered with pancetta, ready-cooked chicken and peppery rocket leaves, these pizzas are satisfying to eat and quick to prepare using ready-made pizza bases. Serve with a cherry tomato salad.
500g small new potatoes, scrubbed
2 tbsp olive oil
2 red onions, halved and very finely sliced
100g pancetta, diced
175g button mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
2 ready-made pizza bases, each about 22cm across
6 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
TO SERVE 250g cooked, skinless chicken breast (plain or smoked), shredded, 85g rocket, 25g fresh Parmesan
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:15min › Ready in:45min
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 saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 1–2 minutes until just tender, then drain. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas 7.
Heat the oil in the 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 leaves, season with freshly ground black pepper and gently toss, without breaking up the slices.
Place the pizza bases on 2 lightly greased baking sheets, 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.
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 over the rocket. Using a swivel-blade vegetable peeler, peel shavings of Parmesan over each piece. Serve at once.
*For a vegetarian version, omit the chicken and pancetta and top the cooked pizzas with rocket leaves, sliced, hard-boiled egg and thin slices of sun-dried tomato. Drizzle each pizza with ½ tbsp of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. Grate Italian-style hard cheese suitable for vegetarians over the tops. *Flaked drained canned salmon is good with watercress instead of chicken and rocket. Drizzle the can juices from the salmon over the pizzas.