Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

A couple of weeks back, it was pizza night. Yes, we have pizza night, and to me it trumps taco night. Well, let’s just say it is extremely close to taco night. I knew that I had my dough, and a bunch of cheese, also some miscellaneous vegetables, but I did not know if we had pepperoni. Lord forbid if we don’t have pepperoni for one of my picky eaters. With that said, I decided to not stop at the store and pick up pepperoni. I was going to take a chance on what I had at home. Low and behold do you think I had pepperoni? Nope. What was a man to do to accommodate this picky eater? Well, I made bacon pizza. REALLY GOOD BACON PIZZA.

As I did not have pepperoni, what I did have was a great package of Nueske’s Wild Cherrywood Smoked Uncured Bacon.  I was stoked to say the least, and I am a big fan of bacon on pizza to begin with, however I have never tried to just make a bacon pizza. This was the time, and that time was great.

As my daughter was craving my fried pizza dough sticks, I decided to accommodate her on that request as well as I had plenty of dough to go around.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza Recipe
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of pizza dough, shaped into a 12 or 14″ round
  • 4 slices of Nueske’s bacon, or your favorite, sliced and par cooked
  • 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • light corn meal, optional

That’s it. Pretty easy. It’s a bacon pizza.

I use a KettlePizza, however if you are not using this, heat your oven to the highest temperature with the pizza stone in there for preheating.

During this time, make the pizza.

Start by heating a skillet on medium heat, and add the bacon. You are not going to fully cook the bacon, but about half way, as the rest will cook with the pizza. Once partially cooked, remove, and strain any fat on a paper lined plate.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza Ingredients
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza Ingredients

Once the dough is formed, lightly dust a pizza paddle with the light corn meal so that it will slide off easily, and then add the formed pizza dough.

Next, top with the cheese. Yes, I did not use sauce on this one, only cheese and bacon.

Top with the bacon, and then cook in your oven until the cheese is melted, the bacon is slightly crisp, and the dough is golden.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

Dig in.

Now do you think my kid(s) loved this pizza? Heck yes they did. Even one of my kids that typically does not like bacon (Yes, I have one), loved it. I had to make another one because they all devoured it so quickly. Thankfully the KettlePizza comes to the rescue there as I can cook a pizza in about 4 minutes using that.

Regardless, if you have never tried a simple bacon pizza, give this a try. It’s really, really good.

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Puttanesca Pizza

Pizza is a big deal in my house. I honestly do not remember the last time I threw a frozen pizza in the oven, maybe it was weeks ago for a quick dinner for my kids, but typically I am making my own dough and using the outdoor Kettle Pizza that my wife got me last year for Father’s Day.  I love the Kettle Pizza, and have been knocking out great pizzas in a matter of minutes. This one was no exception.

Every couple of weeks, I make pizzas, and I typically have the kids build their own pizzas. Typically the standard is pepperoni, a sausage, and a cheese and onion. My wife may get a little crazy and ask for a mushroom and onion, but me, I always leave some dough for a new creation. This is when the puttanesca pizza came into play.

Puttanesca Pizza Recipe

Puttanesca is typically done with pasta, however the sauce is the golden ticket, and what a better way to use it than with pizza.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 fillets of anchovy, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Start by making the sauce. Remember, it’s all about the sauce.

To a skillet, on medium heat, add the oil and let that come to temperature.

Add the garlic, chili flakes, anchovies, kalamata olives, and salt and pepper. Give a good stir.

Puttanesca Pizza Ingredients

Once the garlic begins to turn color, add in the sauce, and give another good stir. Then add in the capers, and let this sauce cook, on low heat for about 10 minutes.

Next, form your pizza dough. Sprinkle the dough with the Italian seasoning. Ladle on the puttanesca sauce on top of the dough, then top with the mozzarella cheese.

Place into a very hot oven on a preheated pizza stone (or use your grill and Kettle Pizza if you have one), and cook until the dough is nice and crisp and the cheese is nice and melted.

Puttanesca Pizza

 

The end result is awesome! The sauce, if you have never had it, is packed full of flavor. It’s spicy, briney, garlicy, and just down right delicious, and when put on a pizza, well heck, it just gets even better. Hope you enjoy!

Puttanesca Pizza
Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
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Ingredients
  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 fillets of anchovy, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Start by making the sauce. Remember, it’s all about the sauce.
  2. To a skillet, on medium heat, add the oil and let that come to temperature.
  3. Add the garlic, chili flakes, anchovies, kalamata olives, and salt and pepper. Give a good stir.
  4. Once the garlic begins to turn color, add in the sauce, and give another good stir. Then add in the capers, and let this sauce cook, on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  5. Next, form your pizza dough. Sprinkle the dough with the Italian seasoning. Ladle on the puttanesca sauce on top of the dough, then top with the mozzarella cheese.
  6. Place into a very hot oven on a preheated pizza stone (or use your grill and Kettle Pizza if you have one), and cook until the dough is nice and crisp and the cheese is nice and melted.
  7. The end result is awesome! The sauce, if you have never had it, is packed full of flavor. It’s spicy, briney, garlicy, and just down right delicious, and when put on a pizza, well heck, it just gets even better. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Fried Pizza Dough

There is a pizza place near where we live that we have been ordering from lately. It’s called Pizzeria Scotty, and it is probably our favorite pizza place, at this time. As I often make my own pizzas, yes there are days where I’m pinched for time, I will go ahead and place an order. Not too long ago we tried one of their appetizers. It was their deep fried garlic bread sticks. My first bite into these things, as well as everyone around the table, was as though we just entered heaven. Lightly fried with a garlic butter sauce, along with some romano cheese, we could have simply ate those for dinner. It was now for me to recreate these awesome snacks, and I believe I hit it right on the head. As my kids and I sat around the first batch that came out, we simply giggled because we nailed it. No more ordering those anymore.

Fried Pizza Dough with Garlic Butter

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups of canola oil

Start by heating your oil on medium heat. You will want this to come up to about 350 degrees.

During this time, roll out your dough. Shower your cutting board with some of the flour, then layout your dough, and roll it out into about 1/2 inch thick. Using your bench scraper, or knife, but them into strips, then slice those strips in half. You could target about 3 to 4 inch strips.

Add the butter and garlic powder to a bowl. Melt in the microwave, or on a pot on the stove. Your call.

How to make fried pizza dough

Once the oil is heated, add in a handful of the dough strips, and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until they are a light golden brown. Once golden, remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper lined plate to let any excess oil drain.

Brush some of the garlic butter onto the fried pizza dough, and shower with some of the parmesan cheese.

Repeat.

Go buy, or make some more pizza dough because these things are so addicting you will want to.

These are the perfect side dish to your pizza party. Garlicky, buttery, and just salty enough from the parmesan cheese. I know you will love these. I know we did, and sorry Pizzeria Scotty… I’m making my own from here on out. Hope you enjoy!

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Char Siu Pizza

Last week I had a real hankering do get some pho for lunch. There is this great place (finally) near where we live called Pho King. They have some of the best pho in town, in my opinion, and as I was pulling into the plaza, I noticed a new shop called Lucky’s Chinese Bakery. I had to stop in, and boy was I glad I did. This place was full on busy with Chinese workers slinging all sorts of stuffed buns. There was whole roasted duck sitting in front of me, along with char siu and crispy roasted pork. I thought I was in heaven for a second, but then I snapped out of it and began ordering. I ordered both porks, and a few buns, then went home to sample everything. EVERYTHING was really, really good.

I had plenty of char siu, a style of sweet barbecue pork that is chopped up, leftover, and as I was making pizzas on my Kettle Pizza, I decided to come up with a char siu pizza. It was great.

Char Siu Pizza Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough, rolled or tossed into 12″ round
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Chinese char siu, sliced and cooked
  • 1/2 whole jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp light cornmeal

Pretty basic stuff, but the great thing, at least in my opinion, is that you get that sweetness from the char siu that is balanced by that subtle heat from the jalapenos. A perfect marriage in my opinion.

How to make a char siu pizza

Heat your oven to the highest temperature, with a pizza stone. In my case, I use the Kettle Pizza, which I think I have mastered pizzas now, and again get it up to the highest temperature. I find that around 620 degrees, in that area is a great temperature to get a pizza cooked in a matter of minutes.

While your stone is heating up, make the pizza.

Lightly dust a pizza peel with the cornmeal. Shape your dough and lay it onto the peel.

Lightly toss on the sauce, cheese, onions, jalapenos, and sliced char siu.

Slide the pizza off of the peel onto the hot stone, and cook for a couple of minutes. Once the dough begins to cook, in my case pretty quickly, take some tongs and turn it 45 degrees to prevent any hot spots.

Once cooked to your liking, remove it from the stone, and slice and serve.

I love experimenting with new pizza ingredients, and this one was no exception. It was perfectly balanced in flavor and I will make it again if I have any leftover char siu. Hope you enjoy!

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