FFTY posted this recipe on their Facebook page, and I commented, “Please send me more leeks so I can make this!” When I opened my farm box later in the week, what should I find, but more leeks! I changed the recipe slightly – I had frozen pastry sheets on hand and not pizza dough, so I used the pastry dough in Pyrex baking dishes, which worked out great.
2 large leeks
1 red-skinned waxy potato
1 16-ounce tub ricotta cheese [I used nowhere near this much ricotta – about half covered both pastries liberally]
4 sprigs thyme
1 batch pizza dough or a ball of store-bought [I used 2 sheets of frozen pastry dough]
1 cup shredded Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese [I used Asiago]
zest from two lemons
salt and pepper
Pre-heat the oven to 450°. If you have a baking stone, place this in the oven now.
Trim the roots off the leeks and then slice each leek into very thin rounds. Place the leeks in a large bowl and fill with water. Toss the leeks with your fingers, separating the individual rings. Set aside for a few minutes to allow the dirt to settle to the bottom.
Set a saucepan over medium-high heat and add a teaspoon of oil. Transfer the leeks to the saucepan using a slotted spoon, add a healthy pinch of salt, and cook the leeks until they are bright green and wilted. Set aside.
Slice the potato into thin rounds, about 1/8-inch thick and preferably using a mandoline. Place slices in a bowl of cool water and set aside. Strip the leaves off the thyme and set aside.
Separate the dough into two pieces. Set each ball of dough on a piece of parchment and roll them out into rounds. Brush each round with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Begin to layer on the toppings. Spread each pizza round with half the ricotta cheese. Scatter the thyme over top. Arrange the potato slices in overlapping layers and top with a layer of leeks. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over both pizzas.
Slide the pizzas one at a time into the oven. If your pizza stone isn’t big enough, bake individually. If you’re not using a pizza stone, slide the pizzas onto cookie sheets and then into the oven to bake.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, rotating once, until the edges are golden and the leeks have started to crisp. Transfer the pizzas to a cooling rack and remove the layer of parchment. Toss the lemon zest over the surface of the hot pizza (or zest the lemon directly onto the pizzas). Allow to cool slightly, then divide into individual portions.
–Recipe courtesy thekitchn.com, via suggestion from Farm Fresh to You.