Friday, August 17, 2012

Clams Casino Pizza

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Sometimes I get the urge to make something and it won't leave my mind until I make it. This past time it was pizza. I went to the store, bought some pizza dough (yes, I was feeling lazy), Mozzarella, pepperoni...typical pizza toppings. And it sat. And sat. And sat. Each night I would ask Chris what he wanted for dinner and his response was, "It doesn't matter." But as soon as I would suggest pizza he'd shut it down. Blasted!
I finally found this awesome sounding recipe for Clams Casino Pizza. Chris loves clams, and he normally loves pizza, so I thought maybe this would catch his attention. And it did. This pizza came and conquered. The flavors were so great together and the clam flavor wasn't too overpowering. Plus there's bacon in it, and bacon always makes everything taste amazing. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

  • 1 large pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • 1 small red onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped (about  1/2 cup)
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 small tomato, deseeded and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4-5 shakes of Tabasco/hot sauce
  • 8 oz. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cans of minced clams, drained well

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Chop the 4 raw slices of bacon and add to the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes (no longer), just so a bit of fat is rendered. You do not want the bacon to be crispy at this point. Remove it with a slotted spoon and set it aside in a bowl, then turn heat down to medium. Add in onion, peppers and tomato with a sprinkle of salt and stir. Cook for 5 minutes, continuously stirring. Add in garlic and cook for 3 more minutes. Completely drain clams, then add them to the peppers and onions along with half of the bacon. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add a few shakes of hot sauce.

Spread pizza dough over a pizza pan. Brush olive oil over pizza dough evenly and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Sprinkle dough with 4 ounces of Mozzarella. Spoon clam mixture evenly over pizza, then top with remaining Mozzarella, Parmesan and the rest of the bacon. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is

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