BLT Pizza (with maple & cracked pepper bacon)
I invited my family over for a pizza night a couple of weeks ago to hang out and share what I’d learned about making pizza over the past few years. The long and the short of the evening was that they decided it needed to be a weekly occurrence.
And we didn’t make plain ol’ cheese pizza, either – I love experimenting with fun combinations. Pizza is such a fun way to expose kids to ingredients they might not try otherwise – look at some of the fun pizzas at the bottom of this post. When I was brainstorming pizza ideas, I remembered some bacon from local, happy pigs that we had in our freezer, and I knew what had to be done.
But before we get started, if you haven’t made your own pizza before or haven’t been thrilled with the results, check out this post for helpful homemade pizza tips. There are some easy things you can do that will dramatically improve your pizza.
Back to our BLT pizza. I decided to make one little change: I made my Maple Glazed Cracked Pepper Bacon first. It’s crispy, sweet, a little spicy, and ridiculously awesome on this pizza. Here it is, straight from the oven before being topped with lettuce and tomato.
Mmm. That’s a beautiful pizza.
Seriously. BLT pizza needs no explanation.
pizza dough recipe
1/2 c. your favorite tomato sauce
1 1/2 c. freshly grated mozzarella cheese, lightly packed
1/4 c. shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. maple glazed cracked pepper bacon, chopped
a few handfuls of shredded lettuce*
2 T. mayonnaise
1 ripe tomato, cored and sliced
Preheat your oven to 450. If you have a pizza stone, make sure it's inside while the oven is preheating.
1. Roll out your pizza dough on a floured countertop into a rough circle shape, as thin as it can comfortably go without tearing.
2. Sprinkle cornmeal all over your pizza peel, if you're using one. Fold the dough in half and transfer to the peel. Skip this if you don't have a pizza peel - just move the dough to a cookie sheet.
3. Top with pizza dough with sauce, cheese, and bacon. Slide it into the oven and bake for about 13 minutes or until it's bubbly.
4. Toss the lettuce with mayonnaise and sprinkle on top of the pizza. Top with tomato slices and any leftover bacon. Serve immediately.
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