The monthly challenge at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/board,62.0.html was "anything except dough". I don't always go into the monthly challenge, but sometimes I do.
This challenge was interesting to me. I decided to do a pizza crust with potato starch and tapioca flour with added Betty Crocker Seasoned Skillet Hash Browns. Since the Hash Browns have added onion, I thought that would add to the taste of the crust. I could have grated my own potatoes, but have used these Betty Crocker Seasoned Skillet Hash Browns for breakfast many times and like them.
The ingredients I used were:
1/3 cup Tapioca Flour
1 cup Potato Starch
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 cup milk ( I added ½ tsp. Baking Soda and ½ tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar to the milk) this makes the mixture foam and creates something like buttermilk
½ tsp. IDY
½ tsp. Sea Salt
1 egg beaten well
½ cup water
1 package of Betty Crocker Seasoned Skillet Hash Browns
I mix the crust together and refrigerated it overnight. When I checked on the mixture in the morning it was hard. I guess the potatoes absorbed the water. I then added another ½ cup warm water. This seems to make the mixture better.
Aluminum foil was first put on the pan with olive oil The crust has some extra olive oil drizzled on before baking and then was baked without the topping until it was almost finished. It was then dressed with red caramelized onions, eggs scrambled, bacon, cooked sausage links, White American Cheese, Parmesan cheese Asiago Cheese and a drizzles Texas Pete’s Buffalo Style Chicken Wing Barbecue Sauce mixed with butter. A few pieces of Italian Parsley were used for the garnished.
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