Loaded Mashed Potato Pizza

An easy homemade pizza dough, topped off with creamy mashed potatoes, bacon, chives and three varieties of cheese!

Loaded Mashed Potato Pizza Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

How about a story about a little family excursion and by little, I really mean little. I love a good zoo. But, I really can’t handle a bad zoo. Maybe bad is the wrong choice of word but,  it took us all of one hour max (and I’m totally being generous there), walking slowly to completely walk through the Stone Zoo in MA the other day. I’m not saying it was a bad day out because we definitely had a good time as a family and visiting some animals, but it wasn’t worth the money. Sure I got to see a black bear for the first time ever and I get that the money goes to supporting the animals and keeping up the facilities. It was a waste in the sense that holy crap this place was small, unorganized and not at all what I expect when I pay money to take my kids to a zoo. I won’t ever be visiting that particular zoo again.

However, I will happily visit two other New England zoos. If you’re in the area, the Roger Williams Zoo is bigger and even under construction, it’s better than our experience Monday. So go there. OR go to Maine and visit York’s Wild Kingdom. Not only is it bigger than you’d expect but it has a mini amusement park attached to it. My vote goes to York’s Wild Kingdom but I’m biased living closer to it than Roger Williams. Plus, I just generally love Maine. Either way, you really can’t lose.

There are others in the general area that I’ve yet to visit as an adult, so I can’t give an opinion on those. Maybe someday.

My favorite zoo ever is in DC. It doesn’t hurt that it’s free but it’s also big, if my memory serves me right. Totally a must visit.

Loaded Mashed Potato Pizza Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

But now for this pizza.

Holy moly. Okay so you know I’m head over heels in love with potato recipes, right? If not, where have you been?

But anyway… I knew eventually I’d put it on pizza but never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be truly wowed. I knew I’d love it but seriously this was incredible. It has perfectly seasoned, smooth buttery mashed potatoes on top of a thin homemade crust. Clearly a ton of bacon was necessary. But wait… there’s not one, not two but three varieties of cheese on this baby. THREE! It’s like a side dish turned into an ultimate slice of heaven… if you’re a potato lover like I am. Trust me, this is amazing and worth devouring. Also, don’t skimp on the chives. They give a nice flavor addition to an already scrumptious pizza.

Loaded Mashed Potato Pizza

Creamy mashed potatoes with bacon and chives on top of an easy homemade pizza crust.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pizza
Servings: 4 plus


Dough ingredients:

  • 1 C warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2-3 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 2 medium potatoes
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese finely shredded
  • 1-1 1/2 C whole milk mozzarella freshly shredded
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • Chives


  • Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Allow yeast to activate for 5-10 minutes. Add flour and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer. When yeast is ready, turn mixer on low and drizzle liquid in slowly. Turn mixer up to medium, adding additional flour a spoonful at a time as needed until dough is no longer sticky. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, prepare mashed potatoes. Add peeled, chopped potatoes to a pot of water. Cook over medium-high heat for 20-25 minutes or until fork tender. Mash with milk, butter, salt and pepper.
  • Prepare bacon as desired. Drain and chop.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Spread dough to fit pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Spread mashed potatoes over entire crust. Sprinkle with cheese, top off with bacon and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Add minced chives. Slice and serve warm.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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45 Responses to “Loaded Mashed Potato Pizza”

  1. #
    Mary — July 24, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Ohh, qué pizza tan fabulosa. Me encanta la textura de la masa, magnífica!!!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you! :)

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    Jamie @lifelovelemons — July 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

    you MUST come to Bar in New Haven, CT! This is where the Mashed Potato Pizza was born and it’s SO good!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Haha if I’m ever in that area I’ll add it to my list!

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    Anne [A Squared] — July 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Roger Williams Zoo is the best– RI is a small, but fabulous place!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Truly! There is so much to love about it.

  4. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — July 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

    We are mashed potato monsters in my house, as well as pizza, but I never thought to add them together! I must try this!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Well now you totally have to try them together! :)

  5. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I was just about to comment about Bar in New Haven, too! That’s the only time I’ve had mashed potato pizza and OMG. SO. GOOD. Definitely going to try this at home!!

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      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I hope you do! :)

  6. #
    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — July 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I love sliced potatoes on pizza but never would have thought to add mashed potatoes!! And how can you go wrong with buttery mashed potatoes, bacon and three cheeses?!?

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I almost went with chunks but I liked the idea of the creaminess instead. So good!

  7. #
    Tieghan — July 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Oh yes, please!! All that cheese and bacon and potatoes? It is a match made in pizza heaven! Yummm!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Heaven in a bite :)

  8. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Oh my gosh, you’ve so got my attention on this! I see the words loaded potato and instantly my ears perk up!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Yay! :)

  9. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — July 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I’d leave other pizza in the dust for this.

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Ha! That’s a great compliment :)

  10. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — July 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

    How did it even occur to you to put mashed potatoes on pizza!? Crazy goodness! Beautiful photos too!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I figured why not add two loves together? :) And thanks!

  11. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This looks really delicious! I have seen potato pizzas, but not mashed. Yours looks like a winner to me!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks so much!

  12. #
    KarlyLo — July 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’m not really a fan of ANY zoo, but a small one would probably be the way to go for me. Haha!

    Love mashed potatoes and love pizza! What a fun recipe!

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      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      awww well then I guess that one would be good for you lol ;) And thanks!

  13. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Yep, Kevin will ask me to marry him all over again if I made him this pizza. His two favorite foods are pizza and mashed potatoes. ;)

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Oh we’d be great friends then… so long as he loves bacon too but who doesn’t love bacon?

  14. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — July 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Regular pizza is a thing of the past in our home. Pizzas like this have replaced it and I’m OK with that…sounds great!

    • #
      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      regular pizza is boring! ;)

  15. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Mashed potatoes on pizza? WOW, I am speechless.

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      Rachel — July 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      ha! ;) You’ll have to try it

  16. #
    Tracy @ Peanut Butter and Onion — July 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    PIZZA!!, I’m in!

  17. #
    Tracey — July 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Roger Williams Zoo is a good one! I haven’t been in a few years but it’s like 15 minutes from my house so we really have no excuse. I just pinned a similar pizza recently – mashed potatoes on pizza, it’s the most genius comfort food ever!

  18. #
    Katie — July 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I love the idea of this pizza!!!

  19. #
    Sandy Coughlin — July 25, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Small zoos are so lonely and sad! This pizza, on the other hand, looks AMAZING! I love serving homemade pizza for guests, It’s always a hit – I’ll have to try this recipe!

  20. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — July 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    We just took the twins to the zoo earlier this week. Like you, we were only there for a couple hours. Didn’t seem as great as it used to be. Oh well, at least the kids enjoyed it. Something I would enjoy is this pizza! Holy moly! This looks incredible!

  21. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — July 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I love roger williams! I haven’t been there in ages but I definitely hope to take my kids there one day!! This pizza is amazing! I used to work night shift at the hospital, and we always ordered from Ottos Pizza. (the best!) but they have this exact pizza on their menu & its flippin incredible! haha I cant wait to try your homemade version!!

  22. #
    Megan {Country cleaver} — July 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I hate a bad zoo. We have decentish ones here. but I dream of going to San Diego or to the DC Zoo’s. If I’m gonna pay good money I wanna be wow’d! And I’m wow’d by this pizza!! Seriously, mashed potatoes. Brilliant.

  23. #
    Carrie @Bakeaholic Mama — July 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I have been wanting to do something similar for awhile now. This looks amazing.!!

  24. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

    We are going to a ginormous zoo on Monday and I’m kind of dreading it lol

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      Rachel — July 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

      ahaha – enjoy ;)

  25. #
    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — July 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I love pasta on pizza so this sounds like it’s right up my alley! Seriously awesome idea. I’m hosting a “make your own pizza” party with some friends this weekend so I’ll definitely have to make sure there are some mashed potatoes around. :)

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      Rachel — July 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Sounds fun! I hope you like the mashed potatoes on top!

  26. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Mashed potatoes and pizza in one :) incredible!!

  27. #
    Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen — August 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Oh my, I want to make this immediately. Looks delicious!

  28. #
    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    This sounds so unique and tasty! I’ve never been to Stone Zoo, but grew up not too far from Franklin Park Zoo. I think I went there too much as a kid because it hold not appeal to me anymore.

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