Today we finally got Internet service back again. Yea!!!! I'm so glad to back in the saddle again. I mentioned on face book last week that AT & T had accidentally disconnected our Internet service a month early. Shame on you AT & T, talk about totally unexpected. One day on and then one day booted off. So for anyone who was wondering why it's been kind of quite around here that's why. No worries though because all is well again.
When I was trying to decide on what recipe to post first, this yummy Chicken, Bacon & Veggie Pizza immediately came to mind. Homemade pizza has become quite popular at our house lately. Pizza is such an easy and fun meal as well as pleases everyone. Plus depending on what toppings you use it can can also be pretty inexpensive.
I usually make one pizza for the kids with half pepperoni and half cheese. That seems to be their favorite pizza so why mess with a good thing. Now for the adults I like to change up the pizza flavors just a bit. Sometimes the same toppings can tend to get a bit boring. Last week I tried Trisha Yearwood's Chicken & Bacon Pizza from her second cookbook, Home Cooking.
I know you have heard me mention from time to time how much I love her cookbooks. If you don't have them then you really need to invest in both of her cookbooks. As soon as I saw the photo of her chicken pizza I knew this would be something that I would like. Now this chicken and bacon pizza isn't your traditional pizza - meaning this pizza does not have a tomato sauce base. I think that's what really intrigued me about the whole recipe.
Instead of a pizza sauce this pizza uses olive oil and two different varieties of cheese. Finish it off with some pretty tasty toppings like chicken, bacon, sliced bell peppers and red onions and you end up with the perfect combination. Just look at the pizza fresh out of the oven. Goodness it tasted so wonderful. If you're looking for a non traditional pizza then you need to try this recipe.
Start by preparing you favorite pizza crust recipe. You can use store bought or homemade pizza dough. I chose to use my favorite No Fail Pizza Crust recipe and it worked perfectly. Roll out the pizza dough to fit into a 15 inch pizza pan or use a pizza stone.
Drizzle two tablespoon olive oil and the garlic onto the pizza crust, followed by 1/2 cup each of the cheeses. Scatter half of the bell pepper, sliced onion, chicken, and bacon on top of the cheese. Add the remaining chicken, bacon, veggies and the rest of the cheeses. Finish it off by drizzling the last tablespoon of olive oil all over the top.
Chicken, Bacon & Veggie Pizza
1 - recipe no fail pizza crust or use your own favorite pizza dough recipe
3 - tablespoons olive oil
1 - teaspoons garlic, minced
1 1/2 - cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 1/2 - cups cheddar or Colby jack cheese, shredded
1/2 - red pepper, cored, seeded & cut into strips
1/2 - medium red onion, sliced vertically
3 - boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled & diced or
1 - 8 oz package John Soules or Foster Farms fully cooked grilled chicken breast strips, diced
6 - slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the pizza crust and roll out to fit into one 14 inch pizza pan or stone. Drizzle two tablespoon olive oil and the garlic onto the pizza crust, followed by half of each of the cheeses. Scatter half of the bell pepper, sliced onion, chicken, and bacon.
Add the remaining chicken, bacon, veggies and the rest of the cheeses. Finish it off by drizzling the last tablespoon of olive oil all over the top. Bake the pizza at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned. Remove from the oven, let cool and slice.
Note: The only change I made was that I baked the pizza at a higher temperature than the recipe called for. (350*)
Recipe Yields - One 15 inch Pizza