Friday, July 20, 2012

BLT Pizza


I made this BLT Pizza one day last summer and my son claimed it was one of favorite pizzas of all time.  I only made it once this past year so he requested it again during his birthday week.  Since it's such a wonderful summer pizza with the bounty of tomatoes and around, I couldn't refuse.  It's a fun pizza to make with the kids and it's definitely a fun one to eat.   

1 bunch of romaine lettuce shredded
1 pint of grape tomatoes sliced
4oz Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese (see note)
Pizza base (see note)
8-10 slices of bacon crumbled
Salt and Pepper to taste

Notes:  Chive flavored cream cheese is a key ingredient giving this pizza some extra pizazz.  If you cannot find this, you can try to make your own by mixing plain cream cheese with 1/2 tsp of onion powder and 2Tbs of minced fresh chives.  I also like the texture of the "whipped cream cheese because it spreads much easier.

Notes:  You can use any pita, naan, boboli style pizza crust or afghan bread for your pizza crust.  If you decide to use pizza dough, pre-bake your pizza crust before making this pizza. 


You will need to first get your bacon cooked.  The easiest way to make bacon is to bake it in the oven.  You will get perfectly crispy bacon every time.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  You will need a baking tray and some cooling racks placed on top of it or you can use your broiler pan that is slotted with a drip pan.  Lay your bacon across the cooling racks.  Place them in the oven for 15 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked and ready to crumble.  The bacon will be crispy, perfectly straight and all the oil will have dripped to the lower tray.  I love this method. 
Yummy BACON!!

While your bacon is baking, you can also crisp up your pizza base.  I used this great Afghan bread that makes perfect pizza crust.  But any of your favorite pizza bases that are pre-baked and heated are perfectly fine.   Once the pizza base is heated (but not too hot) apply the chive and onion cream cheese all over the base. 

Next layer the shredded romaine lettuce, sliced grape tomatoes, salt and pepper and bacon. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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