BLT Pizza

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When you have a garden and you plant tomatoes, they all seem to come on at once!!! What to do, what to do? BLT Pizza of course.

BLT Pizza

I don’t know about anyone else, but nothing beats a Summertime BLT, and a BLT Pizza= Summertime heaven.


There is something that just can’t beat a summer fresh from the garden tomato. The flavor is something that cannot be duplicated in any hothouse or other mass produced tomato.

BLT Pizza

Just a few thing to know about tomatoes you get at the grocery store. The ones for mass production have been breed to have tougher skin so they don’t bruise, and the skins won’t break so easily, so they have a higher yield, and are uniform in shape and size. The saddest thing is they are ALL picked green……that right green. It’s the easiest way to ship them so they are intact when they reach the store. But they never reach their full ripening potential without sunlight which gives tomatoes their wonderful flavor.

BLT Pizza

Tomatoes from a Farmers Market or home grown have a thin skin that is, for lack of a better word, fragile.Fresh home grown tomatoes almost melt in your mouth, with a sweet, juicy, rich flavor that is beyond compare. So, when in season, eat them up!

Now, for a word on bacon…….when using the best of summer tomatoes, buy good, thick cut bacon. No whimpy, skinny, no flavor bacon! Enough said!

BLT Pizza

As always, I am a Miracle Whip lover, I don’t get paid to say it, it’s just the fact! If you must use mayo…..she says with a slight gag;) Its the perfect “sauce” for a BLT Pizza

This pizza is super duper easy, so you can whip it up any weeknight. I used a pre-made crust, but you can use your own crust if you desire. If using your own, be sure to pre-bake the crust first or you will have a soggy mess.

BLT Pizza

You can make this pizza in the oven or on the grill. Whatever your pleasure.

If you love BLTs, and who doesn’t, you will love BLT Pizza. Try one this week!

BLT Pizza

BLT Pizza
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup miracle whip
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 6 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon, cooked until just crisp
  • 1 Boboli pizza crust
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup baby arugula or lettuce of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450*
  2. Mix miracle whip, olive oil, basil, garlic, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Chop tomatoes, and bacon.
  4. Spread miracle whip mixture over pizza crust.
  5. Top with chopped bacon and tomatoes.
  6. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place pizza on a cookie, sheet, pizza stone, or on the rack in your oven.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  9. Top with arugula and serve.

 

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Thai Chicken Pizza

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It’s the weekend….busy Saturdays call for take out? How about take in? Thai Chicken Pizza is the best of two carry out favorites.

Thai Chicken Pizza

When I think of carry out, I think of pizza and Chinese………..Thai Chicken Pizza is carry out combined.


Pizza is a weekend staple for us, and if you have read my blog you know, we love pizza, and have it at least once a week. I love Chinese food, Tim not so much, but he does like spicy, this pizza is all of those things.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Pizza, Chinese, spicy, plus easy to make! What could be better?

Now, pizza has to have sauce, Thai needs peanut sauce. I see a combo……no tomatoes here, but a spicy smooth peanut butter sauce than is the perfect “pizza sauce”.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Pre-made pizza crust make a pizza easy to make at a moment notice. I keep them on hand for that impromptu pizza moment……you know when you just gotta have a pizza.

Pre-grilled chicken strips……in the freezer section, makes it easy to have grilled chicken at the ready.

For toppings, chicken, bean sprouts, carrots, and green onions. Now I know that mozzarella cheese is not Thai or Chinese, but, no self respecting pizza is sans of cheese!

Thai Chicken Pizza

Mozzarella is a bit neutral so….perfect. Compliments but doesn’t over power.

Once the crust is loaded with toppings into the oven for about 10 minutes. I like a brownish cheese, so a few minutes under the broiler helps give that golden color.

But remember, it only take a minute to go from perfect, to slightly more than golden…..a.k.a. burnt! So watch your pizza carefully if you broil.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Once you have that perfect golden cheese, remove the pizza and garnish with the green part of the green onions, cashews, cilantro, and if desired the cooling coconut cream.

Funny story……the day I made this pizza, I made the coconut cream and put it in the frig, so when the pizza was ready and I was taking pictures I could garnish with the cream………I forgot the cream until the next day…..yikes!

So, none of the pictures have the cream in them but, when I reheated a piece the next day I put the coconut cream on the pizza……..OMG it was awesome!

So, this weekend when you want take out – in…….. Thai Chicken Pizza.

Thai Chicken Pizza

But be sure to set the coconut cream out when asking the pizza so you can enjoy the total taste experience…..you won’t be sorry!

Thai Chicken Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust, I like Boboli
  • ½ of 22 ounce bag Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips
  • Peanut Pizza Sauce
  • 1 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha/Asian hot chili sauce (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • Toppings
  • 6 green onions onion, thinly sliced, separating the white and green parts
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup white bean sprouts
  • ⅓ cup shredded carrots
  • Cashews, chopped
  • cilantro, chopped
  • Coconut Cream
  • ½ of a 5.3 oz coconut yogurt
  • 1½ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
Instructions
  1. Coconut Cream: Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. In a medium sauce pan whisk all the peanut pizza sauce ingredients. Heat over medium high heat until the peanut butter has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  4. Place pizza crust on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  5. Spread peanut pizza sauce over crust.
  6. Top with sprouts, carrots, white part of green onion,and chicken.
  7. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over pizza.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is starting to brown. You can broil to achieve desired brownness.
  9. Garnish with, green part of the green onion, cashews, cilantro and Coconut Cream.

 

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Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza

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Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza. Scallops on pizza? You better believe it!  

Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza

That’s a mouth full…..a mouth full of deliciousness! I have a recipe that I make often that uses scallops, bacon and brussels sprouts, I will have to share that recipe one day, but the combination of ingredients is a real taste treat.


When I was a kid brussels sprouts would not have passed my lips. then as my tastes changed, I would eat them with cheese sauce. Then entered bacon, bacon brings out the best in both scallops and brussels sprouts.

Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza

Of course bacon can make just about anything better, and has been added to so many foods and transformed them into spectacular dishes.

Now, I will try anything on a pizza, sweet, savory, so why not seafood. I’ve had shrimp on pizza before. It was good, but the flavor was lost in the traditional pizza flavoring.

Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza

Alfredo sauce sounded like a good ‘sauce’ for the pizza. You of course can make your own, but the folks at Newman’s Own make a super Roasted Garlic Alfredo sauce that’s perfect. I love their products and love that in the last 30 years Newman’s Own has given over $450 million dollars to thousands of charities, pretty cool right?

Not bad for something that started out as homemade gifts for friends, and blossomed into a wonderful charity and produces some of the tastiest foods you will ever eat….. they even make pet food!! Newman is quoted as saying “it started as a joke and got out of control”…..so happy it did!

Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza

To make the pizza, fry the bacon until crispy, then drain on paper towels. And set aside.

Using some the bacon grease sauté the shredded brussels sprouts just until they start to wilt.

On a pre-made pizza crust, spread the Alfredo sauce to with in an inch or so of the edge of the crust. Top with the wilted brussels sprouts. Slice the scallops in half lengthwise and arrange on top of the pizza.
Sprinkle with parmesan blend cheese and bake. Don’t over cook the pizza……..thats why the pre-made crust. The cooking time for a traditional pizza dough would turn the scallops not rubber pucks, and that my friends would be a horrible, horrible thing.

Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza

You want the scallops to just turn opaque, that will keep them sweet, juicy and tender.

Once out of the oven sprinkle the pizza with the reserved bacon. Allow the pizza to set a couple of minutes and serve.

For a seafood twist to pizza……. Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza.

Scallop Bacon Brussels Sprout Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust
  • 1cup jarred Alfredo Sauce ( I used Newman’s Roasted Garlic Alfredo)
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon (5 ounces)
  • 4 sea scallops (5 ounces), sliced crosswise ¼ inch thick
  • 1 cup shredded brussels sprouts
  • ½ cup Parmesan Blend cheese
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place pizza crust on a cookie sheet or pizza stone. Brush crust 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Spread Alfredo sauce on top, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.
  3. In a nonstick medium skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat,until golden and crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Sauté brussels sprouts until just starting to wilt.
  4. Spread sautéed brussels sprouts over Alfredo sauce. Arrange scallops on top.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 8 minutes, until scallops are opaque, and sauce is bubbly and cheese is browned. Sprinkle with bacon and parsley. Allow to set for a couple of minutes, slice and serve.

 

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