Potatoes have experienced a 79% increase in menu penetration on pizza in the last 10 years but are still only on 8.8% of restaurant menus who serve pizza. With such a big opportunity to increase the volume of potatoes on pizza menus, Potatoes USA developed a contest for foodservice professionals to inspire operators to feature more potatoes on pizza menus.
The contest launched mid-September 2020 through media channels, including industry-leaders such as Pizza Today and Chef’s Roll, along with the @PotatoGoodness social channel. Over 115 qualified entrants submitted recipes in two categories – potatoes as a pizza topping or potatoes as a side dish suited for a pizzeria menu.
The winners were determined from each category, based on the following judging criteria:
It was a challenge to narrow down the submissions to the top 6, but the chosen winners utilized potatoes in unique and unexpected ways bringing them to the top of the list.
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Crispy Potato Pizza
Roasted sliced fingerling potatoes, triple cream Brie, honey, fresh thyme, and sea salt.Ready Time: 40min
Everything bagel crust, sausage gravy, crispy bacon, hash browns, and an egg.Ready Time: 40min
A classic Margherita pizza made with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil, but with the addition of crispy hash browns, mini pepperoni slices and crushed potato chips on the crust.Ready Time: 40min
Cheese sauce, sliced baked russet potatoes, green onions, bacon, sour cream, and crushed sour cream and onion, potato chips.Ready Time: 40min
Thousand island dressing, Cheddar Cheese, pickles, seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, lettuce, crinkle cut fries, and a dill pickle potato chip crumble.Ready Time: 40min
Salsa Verde, roasted corn, tomatoes, black beans, chorizo spiced tots, cilantro and avocado “crema”Ready Time: 60min
Roasted yellow potatoes, marinated roasted tomatoes, rosemary, and pecorino romano.Ready Time: 40min
Alfredo sauce, garlic and herb roasted red potatoes, and Parmesan cheese.Ready Time: 40min
Velvety mashed potatoes, tender braised beef pot roast, aromatic vegetables, and rich brown gravy.Ready Time: 40min
Colorado green chili, crispy tater barrels, pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, and green onions.Ready Time: 40min
Shredded pork, BBQ sauce, sliced yellow potatoes, banana peppers, and Pepper Jack cheese baked on a croissant crust.Ready Time: 55min
Created in partnership with Chef’s Roll and Chef Nathan Coulon.
Zesty basil pesto, mushrooms, red potatoes, chilies, and mozzarella on a crispy crust.Ready Time: 40min
All the flavors of a great Indian curry but in pizza form. Sliced Potatoes, grilled chicken, jalapenos, onions, and fresh herbs on top of a creamy vindaloo sauce.Ready Time: 40min
Leftovers are Susan Schuman’s of Our Family Eats best-kept secret for getting dinner on the table quickly during midweek mayhem, but she doesn’t serve the same dish twice. Susan uses leftover ingredients, like the steak and potatoes on this pizza, to create a new dish the whole family will love. Tip: This recipe makes enough dough for two pizzas so if the kids prefer their pizza plain, top one with just potatoes and cheese.
Juicy bratwurst, smoky BBQ sauce, creamy mozzarella, and crispy hash browns, cover this pizza edge to edge, for one epic potato pizza.Ready Time: 35min
Stir fry beef and broccoli with fingerling potatoes on a pizza.Ready Time: 45min
This potato pizza is a thin, crispy, satisfying dish.Ready Time: 22min
The favorite fillings of a pierogi, like onions, cheese, and potatoes, are served deliciously on a pizza crust, like one might find in Pittsburgh.Ready Time: 170min
Potato Flat Bread topped with Gnocchi, Bacon, Mozzarella, Basil and finished with a balsamic drizzle.Ready Time: 110min
Crispy hash brown crust topped with cream of mushroom soup, ground beef, corn, and Cheddar cheese.Ready Time: 40min
A crispy thin wheel of potatoes perfect for gluten-free personal pizzas.Ready Time: 35min
Crispy Steak Cut Fries are loaded with zesty marinara sauce, melted mozzarella, pepperoni, peppers and onions.Ready Time: 30min
Crispy potato skins topped with marinara, melted mozzarella cheese and mini pepperoni.Ready Time: 70min
Tender baked potatoes filled with your favorite pizzeria fixings. Melted mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and zesty marinara sauce, are baked into perfectly fluffy baked potatoes.Ready Time: 60min
A crispy and cheesy russet potato baked with gooey melted cheese, pepperoni, and fresh herbs. The perfect pull apart, shareable appetizer.Ready Time: 40min
Crispy Za’atar seasoned pizza dough topped with crème fraiche, cured salmon, and crispy shredded potatoes.Ready Time: 30min
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