Monday, November 7, 2011
Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Pizza
So this is another one of those recipes I’d been wanting to try from that list I posted the last week:
I’ve been following Jessica’s blog, How Sweet It Is for some time now, and it’s probably (dare I say it) my favorite food blog out there! yup. The girl posts some seriously drool worthy recipes… and she’s freaking hilarious. If you haven’t read her blog, what are you waiting for? You’ll fall in love with her instantly (I’ll admit it, I totally have a blog crush on the girl). Oh and don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday today!
Anyhow, back to her glorious pizza creation: Apples, bacon, gouda, sage… hello perfect harmony of fall flavors! Is this pizza as amazing as it sounds? Well, my response to eating it was as follows:
I made a few minimal changes to the recipe because A. I’m too lazy to make my own pizza dough -and- B. The hubs, as you already know, doesn’t get down with whole wheat
pizza dough anything. His response when I tried to talk him into honey-wheat crust (as if adding the word honey would convince him)? And I quote, “Who needs honey wheat when you can have honey white?!!”. haha Hopeless cause…
I also include instructions for baking on a pizza stone (which is the preferred method in our household), but if you don’t have a pizza stone, don’t fret! You can substitute a baking sheet (pre-heat it like you would a stone) and bake the pizza on it (Note: the cook time may be a bit longer).
Okay, okay… enough talking about it! Add this pizza to your meal rotation this week (you should probably make it for dinner tonight)! Just sayin… You’ll be SO glad that you did!
Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Pizza
1 pound of pizza dough (homemade or bought fresh from the deli)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small red onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into squares
1 large Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
7 ounce round of gouda cheese, grated
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
7-8 sage leaves, chiffonaded
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450º F with pizza stone in the oven (preheat baking pan if you don't have a pizza stone). In a non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onions with a little salt a pepper for 4-5 minutes to allow them to soften and begin to golden. Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
Place bacon pieces on a paper towel lined plate in an even layer. Microwave on high for 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 minutes (until pretty crisp). While the bacon is crisping, Hand stretch (or roll if you prefer a thinner crust) the dough into and oblong shape. Sprinkle some cornmeal on the pizza stone (or preheated baking sheet), carefully place the dough on the hot stone and bake for 2-3 minutes just to get a good par-bake on it. Remove from oven using a pizza peel.
Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 1 tablespoon olive oil and brush over entire pizza crust. Layer on half of the gouda followed by half of the apples. Then add the remainder of the gouda and then apples. Last, top with parmesan, bacon, and sage. Bake for another 12-15 minutes (until cheese is nice and melted and the crust is golden and crisp).
Cut into slices (or squares) and serve hot. Prepare to have your mind BLOWN.
Slightly Adapted from: How Sweet It Is