Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bacon, Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Green Pepper Pizza

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I absolutely love pizza. I love how it brings back memories of my childhood; when we would help my mom make English Muffin pizzas and use olives and peppers to make smiley faces. How it was always a staple at every birthday party I ever had or went to. How my dad and I would sneak down to the kitchen early in the morning to have a cold slice (or two) of leftover pizza for breakfast. I could honestly eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner (which I have done...don't judge) and be perfectly content.

Homemade pizza is so easy to make and is much cheaper than delivery since you can normally just use whatever you have on hand. Something I've learned is that when making homemade pizza dough, it's always a good idea to double the recipe and throw the second half in the freezer so you always have some on hand. You could substitute anything on this pizza for whatever you prefer, but these are pretty much all my favorites. Hope everyone has a pleasant "Hump Day!"

Printable Recipe


  • Quick and Easy Pizza Dough or store bought dough
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups reduced-fat Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic, finely minced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (or as directed on package).

In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp. butter and oil. Add the sliced onion and cook until caramelized, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Slice bacon into small pieces and cook in a frying pan until crispy.  Move to a paper towel-lined plate to let the grease soak up.

Add a small amount of oil to a small pan. Add the mushrooms and red pepper flakes and let cook until the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.

Spread the pizza dough over a pizza pan or stone. Spread the sauce evenly over top. Top with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Layer the mushrooms, green onions, caramelized onions and bacon on top.

Melt the remaining 1 tbsp. butter in the microwave with the garlic. Spread this over the crust.

Bake the pizza for 12-15 minutes (or as directed on package), until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!

Source: SK Original

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