8/21/12

Potato Pesto Pizza Recipe & KitchenAid Food Processor Review

When you live alone in a condo, space is of importance: I try not to have too many kitchen appliances. The ones that I do have, I try to use to make sure they earn their keep {I'm talking about my ice cream maker and panini maker.}

My other favorite appliance is a dual blender and food processor. I bought it over five years ago because my mom told me to. Guess what? She was right: I love it. I can use it to make hummus, blend soups, crush ice, etc. Alas, over time, the mini food processor bowl started to show wear and tear. Plus, sometimes I wanted to make a recipe that would feed more than just me.

When I got a chance to receive and review KitchenAid's Food Processor, I was thrilled. I thought it'd be the answer to my needs. Not only does it have a large 13-cup capacity work bowl, but it also comes with a smaller 10-cup capacity bowl.

This past Sunday I decided to put the KitchenAid food processor through a test in my kitchen and use both of its bowls and two of its blades. But what to make!? I remembered I had a whole wheat pizza dough in the freezer and decided to come up with a recipe for Potato Pesto Pizza (say that ten times!).



Before I get to the recipe, here are my thoughts on the food processor {you can read the manufacturer's specifics yourself} 

  1. Unless you assemble your KitchenAid food processor properly, it will not work. Trust me, this is for your own good! Despite having two parents who are engineers, I hate reading directions. So it took me a few times before I figured out exactly how all the pieces fit.
  2. You can control how thick or thin you want to slice your vegetables by a leaver on the front of the machine. Brilliant!
  3.  This food processor is surprisingly quiet.
  4. I love that all the blades come in a container that hold them safely and neatly.
  5. I LOVE the shiny bright red color.
  6. I used both the large and the small bowl, the shredding and the slicing disk and the chopping blade and found all of them to be efficient!
  7. I can't wait to make more recipes using my new toy. Thank you, KitchenAid!
And now, it's time for Potato Pesto Pizza!

Potato Pesto Pizza

Ingredients
1 wholewheat pizza dough
3 hand fulls arugula
2 hand fulls spinach
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 garlic clove
1/4-1/3 cup shredded Parmesan {I shredded mine in the food processor}
2 cups sliced potatoes, parboiled in salted water {make sure not to overcook them}
1/4 red onion, sliced
drizzle of olive oil
red pepper flakes, to taste  

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425.
2. Make pesto in your food processor by combining arugula, spinach, oil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan. Season with salt & pepper.


***check out the nice slices of potatoes and onions!***


3. Oil a cookie sheet and stretch your pizza dough into the shape you desire. I used a rectangle.
4. Spread the dough with your arugula/spinach pesto {you will have some left over!}, then add parboiled potatoes and red onions.
5. Drizzle the vegetables with oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
6. Bake for about 40 minutes.


Because I parboiled the potatoes, they were completely tender. The pizza crust turned out crispy and the onions were nicely caramelized.

I sliced the pizza into squares and have enjoyed it for dinner reheated in a cast iron skillet and also for breakfast COLD!


Other things you can add: more Parmesan cheese on top (or try feta), sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers or olives. This is just a template for you to follow.


What's not to love about this carb-loaded pizza?

Disclaimer: KitchenAid sent me this food processor for a review. I was not compensated in any other way and not under any contract to write about it. All opinions are my own.

13 comments:

DeliciousDish said...

I have heard that that slicing blade is amazing... and being able to set the thickness is awesome. Oh, and that pizza looks pretty tasty! I would definitely throw some feta on there.

Rachel Cooks said...

Hooray you got your food processor! This pizza looks awesome--reminds me of France, they always have potatoes on their pizza there.

Stacey said...

Looks tasty! All of the extra doo-dads on the KitchenAid sound fantastic. My Cuisinart (seven years old) doesn't have a slice-thickness tool or a blade storage container. But can the KitchenAid compare to the Cuisinart when it comes to the dough blade kneading a kickass challah? ;)

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

That is to be seen! Haven't tried that feature yet.

Allyson Simons said...

Hi that pizza looks wonderful. I have two questions what model was the KitchenAid and is it also a blender like your old one?

Thank you

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Nope, not a blender. I linked to the model in the top of the post. It's the closest one I could find. Hope that helps!

Marina said...

Oh, what a great appliance this processor is! And I love the color, red is my favorite in the kitchen. I use it every day for many meals, including pasta dough (although I have a different brand). Did you make your pizza dough in it too?
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Belinda @zomppa said...

I hear you...tough to find the right appliances that do a million things so not to clutter the counter!

Simone said...

I'm very fond of my kitchen aid processors ( have two different ones) and cannot imagine being without one.. Love your pizza recipe too Olga!

Dannii @Hungry Healthy Happy said...

Looks yummy!

The Duo Dishes said...

Well, lucky you! We have our own Cuisinart processors, which are quite amazing. But loud. Curious how it stacks up next to the Kitchen Aid brand.

chezsasha.com said...

Good job getting your hands on this thing ;)
I must say, pesto and potatoes on a pizza is quite a creative venture.

discojing said...

i like how you sliced the onions and potatoes, especially the onions. how did you do that?