Dinner

Bacon Caesar Pizza

Before I even start telling you about this pizza, let me just give a little disclaimer!!! Dark winter evenings are not conducive to food photography. In addition to this sad fact, I just got my camera and I’m learning, but definitely haven’t attained how to adjust settings properly!! So there’s that out of the way! 🙂

Aside from the bad photos, it was pretty amazing pizza! Basically it combines two of our favorite dishes: Caesar salad and pizza! Fun fact: That was the menu at our wedding!! And chocolate sheet cake… mmm, my favorite cake on earth. Really, if I knew it was my last day alive, I might pick PW chocolate sheet cake to eat. Maybe that’s sacrilegious tho?! The reason I’m thinking of chocolate sheet cake so much is because I made some on Saturday! Ohhhkay, it’s way too good for words. Make yoself some! Now!!

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Back to the pizza, I use the most basic dough recipe. It’s just flour, salt, olive oil, yeast and water. You can find that in the Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook, “Recipes From An Accidental Country Girl“. Or use your favorite pizza dough.

So while the dough is rising, get the toppings ready!

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When your pizza dough is risen, spread it out in a pan. Roll it with a rolling pin or use your hands (my way)! Does anyone like thick pizza crust? To me, thick pizza crust is kinda like thick pie crust. Not good. Why do I eat pie? For the filling. The crust is just there to hold it together. Same with pizza… The crust is just a place to put delicious toppings. So the thinner the better. Well actually, no thinner than one-eighth inch, no thicker than one-third.

And then, lots of sauce. Who enjoys dry pizza? Not me. This sauce was really simple. About a cup of greek yogurt, the juice of a whole lemon, half a cup parmesan cheese, and some herbs and salt and pepper.

Now for toppings. Again, I kept this simple as can be. I fried the bacon first, then poured most of the grease out of the pan. Added some butter and dumped in a can of sliced mushrooms. Chopped up an onion and sautéed them together until they were nice and caramelized. By the way, my hubby does not do onions. But – I don’t even think he knew there was onions on the pizza. So if you have an onion phobia, it’ll be ok. You won’t even taste them! 😉

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I baked the pizza for about 10-15 minutes like this at 425 degrees and then sprinkled on my bacon and cheese and set it in the turned off oven for another 5 or so minutes to heat up the bacon and melt the cheese.

And another disclaimer, it would have been perfect after the 5 minutes in the oven, but I wanted to wait to eat with Brian so it sat in the oven for another 25 minutes. It was still good but I’d say, if at all possible eat it sooner than that! 😉

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I’d love to know if you make this pizza and what you think of it! Leave a comment and let me know or post a pic on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag it #livinlifeforgiven! Thank you so much!!

Here’s the recipe:

Bacon Caesar Pizza

Crust:

Your favorite pizza dough

Sauce:

1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 Lemon
½ cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tsp Oregano
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

Toppings:

½ lb Bacon
2 tbsp Butter
1 Onion, diced
1 – 6 oz can sliced Mushrooms
1 Pizza Crust
3 cups Shredded Cheese

Directions:

Prepare your pizza dough.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Whisk all the sauce ingredients together.
Fry the bacon. Pour out the bacon grease and add the butter to the pan. Saute the mushrooms and onion until brown and caramelized.
Spread the cream sauce onto the crust.
Spoon the onions and mushrooms on top of the sauce.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until almost finished.
Pull out and sprinkle on bacon and cheese. Turn off the oven and return the pizza to the oven. Leave it in until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
Serves: 4-5 people

 

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