|The pizza before adding the LT...lots of bacony goodness!|
I'm feeling a little guilty. Guilty and nervous actually.....I made this pizza this morning for Mike and Jon at WHMI this morning for the radio show but it took me three tries to make it - you see, I kept eating the bacon. It's just sooooooo darn good! Then there wasn't enough for the pizza, so I cooked more - ate another piece or two. Ugh. Cook more bacon. That's the guilty part.
The nervous part? Well - I am participating in the the Team Fitness Challenge at my gym and it just started last night - and I go eating bacon like an addict on the first day? Right about now the other women in the challenge are looking at their teammate rosters praying that I'm not on their team, hahahaha - sorry for whomever is stuck with me!!! I'll do better. Starting....right NOW!!!
This yummy pizza is from one of my Main Dish Summer Salad classes and even though it's not a salad in the technical sense, it's a great addition to a summer menu and really quick and easy to make. I also used this recipe in my Middle School Chef Camp and found that not only did the kids love making it, they loved eating it. What's not to like right?
BLT SALAD PIZZA
|A perfect bite of BLT Salad Pizza!|
3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
2 cloves pressed garlic
½ cup finely diced onion
8 slices cooked, crumbled bacon
2 cups shredded mozzarella or cheddar, or any combination
2 cups chopped or shredded lettuce
1 cup diced roma tomatoes
½ cup ranch salad dressing
Preheat oven to 400. Place pizza crust on baking stone or sheet. Pour ranch dressing in center of crust, press garlic into ranch and mix well, spread to within ½ inch of edges. Sprinkle with onion, bacon, and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes for softer crust or 20 minutes for crispy crust. Remove from oven, top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle with remaining ranch dressing. Slice and serve.
RECIPE TIP: Mayo or Miracle Whip can be substituted for the ranch dressing in this recipe if you prefer.
RECIPE TIP: A great way to cook a large quantity of bacon is in the oven! Preheat the oven to 375 and place bacon in a single layer across a baking sheet. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until desired crispness. Drain on paper towel.
Doesn't that sound like a quick, easy and delicious recipe? It's definitely one of our 'go to' recipes. I'm in the habit of having a pizza crust on hand in the fridge or freezer and I almost always have the rest of the ingredients on hand. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Enjoy and have a great weekend!