Tartiflette Pizza is one of those amazing things we enjoyed in France: potatoes, bacon, and onion join forces with creamy Brie for a divine pizza.
I am a stickler for dinnertime theme nights. Not only do they make meal planning easy, but they make dinner a little more fun. I mean, doesn’t the very sound of Taco Tuesday make you smile?
Long ago I instituted a Pizza Night Friday because it was our way to celebrate the weekend. But then last summer, I started French Fridays in honor of our trip to France. I just bumped Pizza Night to Saturday. But then we started going to church on Saturday nights and my whole theme night structure is in disarray.
I haven’t solved this, but I need to. Because I really want to have my French Friday and eat my pizza, too.
I know. I’m weird.
So, whenever I can bring a little Pizza Night and French Friday together, I am a happy girl. Sure, they eat pizza in France. In fact, that was the most common take-out my kids had. They got really tired of the lack of pepperoni and the abundance of ham and ground meat on pizza. Oh and swiss cheese!
BUT! There were a few pizza combos that we fell in love with. One would be cracking an egg on the pizza before it’s baked — delish! And the other would be this:
Now tartiflette is a dish from Savoie, where my French dad grew up. Tartiflette is made of potatoes, reblochon cheese (kinda like Brie, but don’t tell Jean-Marc I said that!), lardons (kinda like diced bacon), and onions. I’ve never had the real dish, but it sounds amazing. All those things make an amazing Tartiflette pizza, so I don’t know why the original thing wouldn’t be out of this world.
The imported version of reblochon is called Fromage de Savoie or you might find a similar Delice du Jura, but I’ve never seen it. To the ignorant it looks like Brie or Camembert, but a true francais would say they aren’t the same.
Regardless of ingredients differences, I’m doing like the French do. Many of the pizzerias we went to used swiss cheese instead of mozzarella because that’s what French people like on pizza. I’m using what I got.
And it works!
Just keep in mind this is the Americanized version. 🙂 And yes, I do buy precooked bacon. It’s so convenient and less messy that opening a big package when I just want a few slices. If you want to cook the bacon yourself, that’s fine too.
- ¼ batch pizza dough You can also buy dough at Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup frozen shredded hash browns no need to thaw
- 4 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- ½ red onion sliced
- ⅓ cup Brie cheese cubes, rind removed
- 2 oz mozzarella cheese (shredded) (½ cup)
- Preheat the oven to 475°. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Presumably, you’ve made your pizza dough or bought it at the store. Line the pan with the dough. See this video if you need to see it in action. Brush the dough with a bit of olive oil.
- Sprinkle the frozen potatoes over the crust. Sprinkle the bacon over the potatoes. Add the red onion, to taste. Divide the Brie cubes around the pizza. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over all.
- Bake the pizza for 8 to 10 minutes, watching for burning. The crust should be crisp and the cheese hot and bubbly. Serve immediately, but leftovers are great cold the next morning.