Hash Brown Pizza

It was impossible to make this pretty because, for me, pizzas are always a challenge at making them aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They say to put less things on the pizza but I can never stop myself from overloading the pizza. I don’t make pizzas that fall apart but there are always a lot of things going on with my pizzas.

Kitchens in Hong Kong don’t come equipped with ovens, nor dishwashers, and my parents didn’t buy the former so I had to come up with some other way to make pizzas. I actually got inspired by that awful tasting Japanese rice-pizza restaurant in Shatin. So instead of rice, I used shredded/grated potatoes, which translates to hash brown pizzas!!! YUM! I love hash browns!!!! I mean, who doesn’t? When I used to eat breakfast, I used to gobble down hash browns…

[100% organic]

  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Bag of potatoes
  • Tomato sauce (I used arrabiata)
  • Mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • Parmesan, freshly grated
  • Prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • Salami, thinly sliced
  • Mushroom, thinly sliced
  • Bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Arugula, fresh
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt & pepper

Peel potatoes and then grate them into a bowl. Squeeze excess water out of grated potatoes and then immediately heat a pan with 2 TBS olive oil and 1 TBS butter.

Flatten grated potatoes into pan and form into a circle, turn heat to low and allow potatoes to fry. Spoon 1-2 TBS of tomato sauce onto the top and sprinkle some grated cheese. Also season with salt & pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.

Once the base of the hash-brown is cooked/burnt enough, it’s time to add the toppings. Be careful not to add too much or else the hash brown will not hold.

Serve immediately once out of pan. I put more basil leaves and sprinkled more cheese onto the pizza because that’s how I like it!

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The Downside of the Suburbs

I arrived in Lexington, MA, yesterday afternoon and food has been on the down low since then. My relatives here aren’t food enthusiasts and there are a total of seven family members and three generations living in this house. So you can say that it’s pretty hectic around here. My relatives greeted me and said that my face got fat. In Chinese culture, that is a good thing. To me, it was an insult. Are you saying I’m fat? Did I gain weight on my face, of all places???! Then it’s probably a good thing that I’m away from all the food places in Boston so I can starve myself a bit.

There is nothing to do here. Plus the weather today was kind of horrible. The winds nearly blew me away today. Having a car is necessary for the suburbs. There is ONE bus that goes to the subway station but the bus runs every hour or so and it takes at least 30 minutes to get there. Then it takes another good hour to get to downtown Boston.

I’ve been doing homework and surfing the web. There’s only so much you can surf before you die from boredom. I was going to plan my day tomorrow but there was a power outage this morning so I couldn’t do anything. And I’m very technology-dependent so not being able to go online and check Facebook was torture, and seeing my MacBook and iPhone die slowly from power was also not good. I was trying to conserve their battery life.

For lunch, I went with my cousin Maymay to Alexander’s Pizza. We got their 7-day special: two slices of cheese pizza + drink. It was almost as good as Home Slice, back in Austin. For dinner, I ate a bit at home with family but since we had lunch at 3pm, I wasn’t that hungry. Now it’s 9:30pm, and the delivery guy from The Upper Crust just arrived with a large Tremont pizza: white cheese topped with prosciutto, fresh basil, and sliced tomatoes. The pizza is kind of oily but the prosciutto is excellent. It’s moist. I don’t like it when the prosciutto gets all dry and crispy on most pizzas. To a foodie, I always open my mouth in astonishment when people don’t know what prosciutto is.

Hawaiian Pizza

[100% organic]

The only bad thing about using pineapples is the water that comes out of it when it gets cooked so your pizza might get soggy. But I’ve learned to get around that part!

Toppings

  • Mushrooms
  • Red bell peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Canadian bacon
  • Black forest ham
  • Swiss cheese
  • Mozzarella

For more pizzas that I’ve made, click here.