probably one of the staples in our house is homemade pizza. who doesn’t like pizza right? it’s so much fun to make your own dough (and super easy too when you use the jiffy in a box kind) as well as entertaining to see your cooking partner try to perfect his dough-throwing skills. Jimmy used to work at Round Table Pizza in Portland, OR back in the day. He was a dough-roller. Now, since we have been together, we try to make a different homemade pizza at least every other week. It’s simple and fun, and if you make personal size ones, you can top it with whatever you want!! I recently got a super great ” encylopedia of pizzas” if you will, with my food network magazine subscription. It has 50 different recipes. We’ve only tried one so far, but I want to share it with everyone cause it was so yummy! You must try this one out for your next week-night dinner. The other thing I really liked about it was the ingredients were really inexpensive and some of them I already had on hand. Here goes:
- 2 boxes jiffy pizza crust mix ( or premade crust of your choice)
- extra virgin olive oil
- 2 med apples (green or granny smith are suggested)
- 1-2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- approx. 8 slices pan cooked bacon ( we used maple flavored)
- maple syrup
Mix pizza dough according to package directions, cover with a damp paper towel, and set aside to rise in a warm place for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, begin cooking the bacon in a skillet until crisp, being sure not to overcook it, and drain of excess grease. Cut apples, core them and slice thinly, set aside.
After pizza dough has risen, flatten by hand onto cookie sheet, ( you should have two 9 inch rounds or squares). Brush dough generously with olive oil, and lightly salt each. Pre-bake in oven at 450 degrees for approx. 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you want it to rise but not get too crispy.
After pizza doughs are cooked, top each with 1 thinly sliced apple and thyme. Spread cheddar cheese evenly over each pizza. Bake until golden, about 12-15 minutes. remove from oven, top with cooked bacon, and bake for another 5-6 minutes. When pizza is done and golden brown, remove from oven. Immediately drizzle with maple syrup while pizza is still hot. Serve warm and enjoy! You may need a fork!
Until next time, your favorite food gal~