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BLT Pizza Recipe

BLT Pizza Recipe

Here's a delicious marriage of irresistible dishes. Soft homemade pizza crust is lightly spread with Dijon mustard, sprinkled with cheese, and finished with the classic BLT sandwich toppers: crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, and lettuce tossed in a tangy dressing. Kids can help make the dough and the dressing from scratch, and when the pie is baked, they'll be introduced to a fun new way to eat fresh veggies.

Serves: 8

Hands-On Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 1/2 hours (includes rising)

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for coating

FOR THE TOPPINGS:

  • 9 strips bacon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces Jarlsberg, shredded
  • 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, fi nely grated
  • 2 medium tomatoes, halved, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce

Instructions

BLT Pizza Recipe step 1

1. Pour the water into a medium bowl. Stir in the yeast, sugar, and salt. Set the mixture aside until it's foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and oil and stir until a dough begins to form.

BLT Pizza Recipe step 2

2. Gather the dough into a ball. On a clean, dry work surface dusted with flour, knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If the dough gets sticky, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Form the dough into a ball.

BLT Pizza Recipe step 3

3. Rub the inside of a large bowl with olive oil. Put the dough in the bowl and turn to coat it with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place until the dough's bulk has doubled, about 1½ hours (or see our tip, page 25).

BLT Pizza Recipe step 4

4. Heat the oven to 450°. Slice the bacon crosswise into ½-inch-wide pieces, then fry it in a large skillet over medium heat until it's lightly browned but not crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate lined with paper towels.

BLT Pizza Recipe step 5

5. Lightly grease an 11- by 17-inch baking sheet with olive oil. Transfer the dough to the sheet. Use your fingertips and palms to dimple and press the dough into a 10- to 11-inch circle. Evenly spread the mustard over the dough, leaving a 1/8-inch border. Scatter both cheeses, the tomatoes, and the bacon on top.

BLT Pizza Recipe step 6

6. Bake the pizza, rotating the pan halfway through, until the crust is lightly browned, the cheese has melted, and the bacon is crisp, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the lettuce and toss to coat it.

BLT Pizza Recipe step 7

7. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board and let it cool for 5 minutes. Top it with the lettuce mixture and cut the pizza into eight wedges.

Tips:

To shorten the rising time for the dough in step 3, use the microwave as an incubator. Microwave 2 cups of water until boiling. Place the covered bowl of dough beside the water, shut the door, and let the dough rise.

Variations:

The BLT isn't the only sandwich that deserves top billing on pizza crust. Try one of these other inspired combinations:

Cheeseburger Pizza: Deli mustard base plus cooked ground beef or turkey, shredded Cheddar, and caramelized onions

Muffuletta Pizza: Creamy Italian dressing base plus sliced Provolone, sliced salami, and pitted black olives.

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