I remember a time when Eric and I were quite unadventurous when it came to trying new foods. I don’t remember when it changed, but my guess is that it was so gradual we didn’t notice it happening. Brussels sprouts have intrigued me for some time, but Eric wasn’t totally convinced he would like them. I bought some recently, and we weren’t totally in love with our simple roasting of them. We both liked the flavor enough to try again, and I’m so glad we did. Apparently bacon is all we needed to turn these little vegetables into something magical. The moral of the story is – if at first you don’t like the taste of something, try adding bacon. 😉
This pizza is one of the easiest and most delicious meals we’ve made recently. First off, there’s no sauce – just vegetables, bacon and cheese. It’s simple in the best of ways. The brussels sprouts are tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which gives them a rich, slightly sweet flavor after cooking. They cook just enough to be tender but still crunchy. Add crisp bacon, garlic, shallot and three types of cheese to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a seriously awesome pizza. This is a no-fuss recipe with great results, and we will definitely be adding this to our pizza rotation.
- COOK TIME:
Half batch of pizza dough
4 slices bacon
5-6 large Brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup aged white cheddar, shredded
½ cup mozzarella, shredded
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 large shallot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
Red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup crumbled feta
Heat oven to 450º. Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Once cool, break into bite-size pieces.
Roll out and shape the dough, then place on a cutting board dusted with cornmeal. In a small bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts together with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Evenly sprinkle the white cheddar and mozzarella over the dough. Add the Brussels sprouts, garlic, shallot and bacon. Sprinkle on a generous pinch of red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste.
Carefully transfer to a pizza stone and bake for about 15 minutes (this will depend on your dough) or until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with feta cheese. Slice and serve.