For this week's Friday Night Pizza, I wasn't looking for anything fancy or crazy... we were just in the mood for a basic, comforting and cheesy pizza that had a little zip. And if we didn't need to pick up any ingredients for it, all the better! After taking a few glances through the pantry and freezer, we decided that a Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza sounded right up our alley.
No surprise, I did get right to business this evening by getting our favorite whole-wheat pizza dough quickly prepared in the food processor and off to rise while I prepped the toppings. For those, I cooked a few slices of salty bacon since I needed them crisp later on and because I had plans to use a little of those naughty drippings that get left behind. I did try to show some restraint and didn't use all that rich fat, but I did save a couple teaspoons worth to brown a half pound of ground sirloin and soften a cup's worth of chopped onion. If you'd rather not use the bacon drippings, a splash of canola or olive oil would be fine.
To add a saucy edge, we added a generous amount of homemade pizza sauce that had been in the freezer - however, use whatever tomato product you think would work here. A homemade marinara would be nice or even a prepared sauce if you didn't already have some handy - whatever it would take to get you excited about making your own pizzas! And, if you like mustard on your burgers, why not think about stirring a few tablespoons into the mix for a tangy bite?
Now that the beefy portion was ready, I stretched out the crust to a large round - since we wanted a very crisp crust tonight, I tossed the dough onto a hot pizza stone for a few minutes to give it a head start before we started adding the toppings. After spreading out the saucy beef concoction, we added shreds of both mozzarella and sharp white cheddar cheeses over the top. We crumbled those bacon slices we crisped up earlier and scattered those on top as the finishing touch. Slid back onto the stone, the pizza needed less than 15 minutes to finish browning the thin crust and melting the cheeses.
Bacon? Check... Lots of cheese? Check... Zesty sauce studded with beefy crumbles? Check... This definitely met our requirements for an easy pizza tonight and then some! Can you guess what we'll be doing for breakfast in the morning? You can bet that we each saved a couple slices to devour tomorrow!
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza