Potato Pocket Pizzas

Looking for a fun and delicious meal or snack for you and your family? Fat free and grain free, these Pizza Pockets are packed full of healing ingredients that come together in the perfect comforting vehicle – a crispy potato pocket! Be prepared for all the flavors of pizza with each bite into the pocket. Pizza Pockets are a great portable option to take to work, to eat on the go, or to pack into your children’s school lunchboxes. You can also make them in advance and freeze them so they’re ready whenever you need a quick snack or meal.

Potatoes are a nutritious, healthy food that are rich in vitamins A, C, & B-complex and minerals such as manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Potatoes contain an antioxidant called quercetin which has anti-cancer and cardio-protective properties. Potatoes are an excellent source of B6, a vitamin which is essential for the formation of almost every new cell in the body. Vitamin B6 also is a vital component for the neurological system and for the creation of amines which are neurotransmitters that send messages from one nerve to the next.

This makes potatoes an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses. Potatoes are also known to be good for promoting cardiovascular health and are highly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and COPD.

Pizza Potato Pockets

Ingredients:
4-5 medium-sized potatoes (about 1.5 lb)
1 tbsp potato starch
3 tbsp tapioca flour (more if needed)
1 tsp dried oregano (optional)
1 tsp dried basil (optional)
0.5 – 1 tsp water (if needed)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Cheese sauce:
1 steamed potato, diced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt (more if needed)
1/4-1/3 cup water or vegetable broth

Pizza sauce:
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp raw honey
3-4 tbsp water
Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Place all the potatoes in a large pot fitted with a steaming basket. Add a few inches of water and steam until soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove and cool for 10-15 minutes, until cool enough to handle. Remove one of the potatoes from the pot and set aside for the cheese sauce.

Place the remaining potatoes in a large, flat-bottomed bowl or pot and mash until they are broken down. Add the sea salt, pepper, potato starch, tapioca flour, oregano and basil, and mash until the flour and starch have been incorporated. If the mixture is very dry, add a bit of warm water. If the mixture is very wet, add a bit more tapioca flour. The dough should be pliable and not stick to your fingers. Set aside while you make the filling.

Place the left-over potato in a small food processor or blender and add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon juice, sea salt, and water/vegetable stock. Blend until smooth. Add a bit more liquid if necessary, then set aside.

Make the pizza sauce by combining the tomato paste, dried oregano, dried thyme, raw honey, water, sea salt and pepper in a bowl and mixing well.

To make the pockets, take a handful of the potato mixture and roll it into a ball. Flatten the sides out so that there is a cavity in the middle, then add a couple teaspoons of the pizza sauce and cheese sauce. Close the pocket gently and smooth out any creases. Repeat with remaining potato dough.

Place a non-stick pan over medium-low heat (you can use a non stick pan or spray with a bit of avocado oil.) Add the pockets and cook for 5-10 minutes on either side, until golden brown and crispy. You can bake them in the oven at 350F for an additional 20 minutes if you want them even more crispy.

Makes 4-5 potato pockets