Mashed Potato Pizza


Mashed Potato Pizza is the best answer to your Thanksgiving mashed potato leftovers! 


I’ve got a crazy idea for Thanksgiving leftovers!

Backstory: I had the misfortune of working above a hopping pizza shop when I lived in Minneapolis for several years right out of college. It was unfortunate because while the pizza was absolutely, horrendously delicious in every way – the pizza was absolutely, horrendously delicious in every way.

The smell that would waft up to my office starting at 10 am every. single. day. was unfairly intoxicating, and I ate more slices of hot & cheesy pizza during those years than I care to admit. It was a dark time.

Ok let’s be real. It was an awesome time!

Minneapolis based Pizza Luce is known for their over the top pizza creations like Greece inspired Pizza Athena, seafood studded Shrimp al Pesto Pizza, and the “meat raffle” pizza – aka, The Bear.

What I was most obsessed with though, was their Baked Potato Pizza.

Idaholy Moly! We smother our pizza crust in buttery-garlic baby red mashed potatoes and top it with broccoli, fresh-diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon. Served with a side of sour cream.


HAHAHAHAHAHA, RIGHT?! A slice of this hot, buttery, cheesy pizza is pretty much one of the greatest things ever, and needing to use up leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect excuse to make it at home.


I had leftover pesto mashed potatoes that I made for a freelance article laying around, so I thinly spread it over a thin, pre-made pizza crust. It’s pretty important to have a thin layer of potatoes and a thin crust, otherwise all you taste is CARBS. Which, you know, there’s a time and a place, but this just isn’t it.


Next, layer on chopped, raw or cooked broccoli,

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diced tomatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese.

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Finish ‘er up with, what else, BACON!

Into a piping hot oven for 10 minutes.


Leftovers never tasted so good!


Mashed Potato Pizza

Serves 2-3


Mashed Potato Pizza is the best answer to your Thanksgiving mashed potato leftovers! 


  • 1 pre-made thin pizza crust
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes
  • chopped broccoli, raw or cooked
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled


  1. Preheat oven according to pizza crust package directions. Thinly spread mashed potatoes on top of the pizza crust and top with broccoli, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and bacon. Cook according to package directions.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


This pizza was garlicky from the pesto, creamy from the potatoes and over the top decadent from the melted cheddar cheese and bacon.


Do it for the pilgrims!


Actually, if you’re feeling really frisky, you could make a complete Thanksgiving leftovers pizza with mashed potatoes, chopped turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce. Why not?



How do you jazz up Thanksgiving leftovers?

I would love to make potato rolls out of leftover mashed potatoes someday. Potato bread is Ben’s fave!

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  1. Lauren 11.22.2011

    This is a fabulous idea and a new one to me! I always used to make mashed potato pancakes with our leftover potatoes but now I’m thankful for a new idea.

  2. Looks great! I have a friend who actually DID try “thanksgiving pizza” once at a pizza place after a few drinks! ;) PS- loving the new site!

  3. katrina 11.22.2011

    Haha, two Thanksgivings ago my sister I used the leftovers to make Thanksgiving Sushi.

    Turkey and gravy, with mashed potatoes, wrapped in nori.

    Wellllll…. it sounded good in theory, and was super easy to roll, but they tasted wrong. Nori and potatoes do not go together well!! Shame.

  4. lindsay 11.22.2011

    I’ve tried making Pizza Luce’s Mashed Potato pizza before – I globbed the mashed potatoes on but spreading it as a sauce is a good idea.

  5. Sheri 11.22.2011

    When I was in Minnesota 10-12 years ago, I had pizza from a place called Spudza, it had sliced potatoes on it and it was amazing! I’ll never forget it (obviously I still somehow know the name) and I’ve never seen it anywhere else… maybe I just need to make it for myself!
    Looks delicious!

  6. I can DEFINITELY get on board with this!!

  7. Nikki 11.22.2011

    Have you tried the Baked Potato pizza at Fong’s?

  8. Jessica 11.22.2011

    You lived above Pizza Luce!?! Whoa girl…that is some serious temptation. I don’t know if I (my waist line or wallet) could handle if I lived on the same block…

    Now I want some pizza…

    • Jessica 11.22.2011

      Ha just read a little closer and realized you WORKED above it. Which still isn’t much better… Must have been too distracted by the pizza!

  9. T 11.22.2011

    This looks fantastic – all of my favorite things in 1 dish! I have a question – what brand of crust did you use? I haven’t found a good pre-made thin crust anywhere (not that I’ve spent THAT much time looking), but I absolutely do not like the ones that come in the refrigerated cans (you know, from that super-cute doughy guy). :) I have, however, made the ones that you add water to the packet and then roll out. Those aren’t too bad if you add some season to it (ie. garlic powder)… Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  10. I am for sure linking this recipe to my blog on Friday for my “what to do with leftovers special”

    LOVE this idea! Yum!

  11. Kassie 11.22.2011

    Pizza Luce is my FAVORITE pizza place, hands down with the shrimp al pesto being my all time fav. Baked potato is good too and this looked easy and delish. P.S. Lovin’ the new look!

  12. We always take the leftover turkey and make turkey tettrazini. So yum! That pizza look awesome… what a great idea.

  13. Lisa 11.22.2011

    I mostly use leftover turkey in a sandwich. I love turkey, so maybe I should jazz it up a little this year!

  14. Lindsey 11.22.2011

    OMG… yum!!

  15. Sally 11.22.2011

    What a unique idea! I love your blog. My mom forwarded me a link to your blog that was passed on from my aunt’s friend in Nebraska. It was the first time I had read a food blog, and I can’t stop reading. Your meals are AMAZING! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Kristin 11.22.2011

    That pizza looks so good. I’m going to have to make it this weekend.

  17. Brooke 11.22.2011

    Fong’s November pizza special is a Thanksgiving (or “Fongsgiving”) pizza with several turkey day ingredients.

  18. Jane 11.22.2011

    Ok, I’ve read this 4 times now, where does the pesto go? I keep wondering if I’m missing it? :) Have a great Thanksgiving!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.23.2011

      The mashed potatoes I had on hand were pesto mashed potatoes, but any type of leftover mashed potatoes would work. :)

  19. Wendy 11.22.2011

    OMG, I had this once at Pizza Luce Duluth. I thought my friend was crazy when she ordered it, but it was one of the best pizzas ever! Thank you so much for the recipe. Will have to make it the next time pizza night happens. And I agree with Ben that potato bread is the best.

  20. Nicole (the other one) 11.23.2011

    i’m confused…what is this “leftover” mashed potatoes you speak of?

  21. Encore 11.23.2011

    I <3 Pizza Luce! I'll have to go there this Turkey Day weekend and have some 'ZA in your honor!!

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  23. we live right next door to a Pizza Luce so I feel your pain! But mmm, that Baked Potato Pizza is DELISH!!

  24. I’m not super into potatoes (blasphemy, I know!), but this still sounds pretty good, especially with some pesto potatoes! I do like to make some crazy pizza creations though.

    For turkey day leftovers, I like to make a hot turkey sandwich and drown it in gravy. Yummmm! I love this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  25. Ashley 11.23.2011

    we always make the most diesel thanksgiving sandwiches after…stacks of turkey, stuffing, potato, and cranberry sauce in toasted bread. it’s not very original, but somehow whenever you make something a sandwich it’s like you never ate it the day before!

    also in love with the pizza. i’ve had an almost identical one except instead of ‘taters it had garlic and oil and ricotta cheese. yummm

  26. Brenda 11.23.2011

    AHHHG! what are you doing to me???! looks too good

  27. Calee 11.23.2011

    I didn’t know you worked at Pizza Luce! Jealous. That place is awesome.

    Side note, looove the new blog design. I read via google reader so I’ve not seen this yet. When did you launch it? Anybody local design it?

  28. Ahhh! Yes! Pizza Luce! I lived in Minneapolis for a year a few years ago and I still get a craving for the garlic mashed potato pizza! I didn’t even know they had a baked potato pizza because I never got beyond the garlic mashed one :)

  29. Alexa 11.23.2011

    As soon as I saw this post I thought, “oh, like Pizza Luce’s potato pizza!” before I even started reading, awesome! I used to work at Carmichael Lynch right by the Downtown Luce and lived near the new Luce in Hopkins and ate it all the time. Living in DC now, I miss their awesome gluten free pizza!

  30. What a creative way to renew leftovers! I love it! I hope I can be as creative as you as I look for my own ways to spruce up Thanksgiving day leftovers. I especially like how you boosted the fiber content of your leftovers by adding in some broccoli. Did you use a whole grain crust too?

  31. Melissa 11.23.2011

    “Do it for the Pilgrims!” Oh, I adore you!

    I feel like some kind of turkey/stuffing cupcake with mashed potato icing is in my future this Friday. But really, I’ll eat Thanksgiving leftovers as is. They’re so good!

  32. Sienna 11.23.2011

    I love potato bread! My grandmother always made it when we’d visit around the holidays. I was actually thinking of asking my mom to save some of the water after cooking the potatoes on Thanksgiving since that’s part of the recipe.

  33. Machelle 11.23.2011

    i would toss on a little shredded turkey. and trade the broccoli for corn! turkey and bacon and corn and taters!….yum! and gravy for dipping sauce! :)

  34. I worked in a restaurant all through high school/college that made a mashed potato pizza and it was dangerously amazing. I had to tell the pizza cooks to, no matter what I said, NEVER make it for me again after a 5 night streak of eating it for dinner.

  35. Jen 11.23.2011

    Who would have thought…baked potato pizza!!! Very unique!

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  37. Eric Peterson 11.23.2011

    This looks amazing…….I’m definitely going to try it.

    I love experimenting with pizza recipes. Pizza can get so boring, and I love to think of ways to “mix it up”.

    Great Post!! Great website!!

    Have a great Thanksgiving……
    – IowaDad (Eric Peterson)

  38. Love this idea and love the new blog look! Super cute and I love the light blue color…not sure what exactly it’s called…robin’s egg…sky blue…or some other pretty name?

    Happy Thanksgiving!!<3

  39. You used to work at Pizza Luce? You’re my hero.

  40. Miss Oakley 11.29.2011

    I’m totally going to make this sometime. I don’t even cook…That’s how delicious this looks!

  41. This is now on my Friday Five Foodie Finds this week!! Thanks for the idea! :-)

  42. Brianne 12.14.2011

    I had the pleasure of eating at a pizza place on 10th and J in San Diego called Basic. I have their version of mashed potato pizza and I will never forget it! It was more like a twice baked potato pizza! Sour cream or ranch, green onions, cheese, bacon…you get the idea! YUM!

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