One of those things I could eat on a regular basis is pizza. That, and tacos. Pizza is one of those masterpieces, and to me a good pizza is a simple pizza. Now if this is your first visit, you will probably know that I do make things that are often times a bit different, and there are an array of my pizza creations on this site, but at the end of the day, I love a great pizza dough recipe and have it topped with a simple sauce, if any, great cheese, and a bit of meat.
So as I often have a day out of the week where we make our own pizzas at home, I decided to go ahead and try to offer my family something they would not order or think of on a regular basis when it comes to pizza, and that is offering them a simple Canadian bacon pizza.
Canadian bacon might be one of my favorite things besides regular bacon. I was a kid who grew up loving the egg McMuffin (I admit it). If you never had Canadian bacon, you must. It’s basically smoked pork loin, which means less fat. Think of it as great ham, and if you find some really great Canadian bacon, such as Nueske’s bacon, you might not go back to bacon. My kids have had not much experience with Canadian bacon so this was a good attempt at showcasing a great product.
This pizza awesome, so lets get started.
- Pizza dough, rolled out to your desired thickness
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 5 slices of Canadian bacon, sliced
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cracked black pepper
- 3 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded
Start by preheating your oven to 475 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven and get it really, really hot.
In the meantime, prepare your ingredients, adding your garlic to the oil.
Once the oven is nice and hot, place the pizza dough onto the stone. If you have a pizza wheel, sprinkle a bit of light cornmeal on it, place the dough on it, then slide it onto the stone. I find this the easiest.
Cook the pizza dough for about 5 minutes. I do this with my standard oven as I like a crisper crust, plus it’s not the best oven.
After about 5 minutes, slide out the stone with the dough a bit, and prick it with a fork to remove any air pockets.
Brush the garlic oil all over the top of the dough, completely covering it. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the mozzarella cheese all over the top of the dough. Shower cheese with the strips of Canadian bacon and place back in the oven and cook until the cheese is nice and bubbly and golden. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing into.
When I presented the pizza on the table during a busy afternoon, my kids ignored the pizza. They didn’t question it but they were not aggressive about going after a slice. My wife and I? Well, first bite to last bite, it was nothing but amazing. Sure when you think of a pizza with Canadian bacon on it, you think of the ‘Hawaiian Pizza’, the one with pineapple on it, but I’m telling you when you have a simple Canadian bacon and cheese pizza, it might just convert you from your standard cheese or cheese and pepperoni pizza. Hope you enjoy!