Friday, October 16, 2009
Even then, we couldn't sustain the gathering. It was overwhelming and, understandably, nobody wanted to host that many people every week (and most of us didn't have nearly enough room). I was sad to see it go, but it also came at a time when I could easily occupy my Sunday night with other things, either research or softball. Recently, a different group has initiated Sunday night gatherings (minus the "desperate"). I've only been able to go once, and it's hard to tell if it will last. For now, I'll enjoy it while I can.
Last week's theme was pizza. The host made a bunch of dough and pizza sauce, and everyone else brought a pizza topping. I was excited because it was the perfect opportunity to make a gluten-free crust. But then life got in the way, and I ran out of time and energy to make a real dough. Luckily, I remembered a recipe for a potato crust, and I got to work.
I loved this crust. It was simple, and was a crispy base for my favorite pizza toppings. I highly recommend this crust even if you can eat gluten, and I saw several of my friends eying my pizza as they waited for theirs to cook. (Don't worry, they were in good hands because our host made my former favorite whole wheat pizza dough from 101 Cookbooks.) I still want to make a crust with gluten-free flours, but this was a fabulous alternative and I didn't miss out on anything that night. This is a great way to use potatoes, so I'm submitting this to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is organized by Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, and is hosted by Cinzia from Cindystar this week.
Gluten Hates Me But I'm Surviving)
1 2/3 cups shredded russett potatoes (I used 2 1/2 small, unpeeeled potatoes)
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 red onion, grated
Put the potatoes in a colander, sprinkle with salt, and let sit for 10 min. Then press as much moisture as possible out of the potatoes. Combine the potatoes, egg, and onion in a small bowl. Lightly oil a pie pan, and press the mixture into the bottom. Bake at 400 for 20 min, then spritz with olive oil and bake an additional 10-15 min (until crust is nicely browned). Makes 1 individual pizza.