Apple and Bacon Pizza with Caramelized Onions
3 slices of bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion (I used red onion), sliced thinly
1-2 tbs honey
2 tbs marscapone cheese
1/4 cup farmer's cheese
Fresh ground black pepper
About 4 ounces crumbled Goat cheese
1 green apple, thinly sliced
A little chopped basil
- Chop 3 slices of bacon into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Saute the bacon over medium heat in a dash of olive oil until crispy.
Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel.
- Leave 2 tbs of bacon grease in the pan and saute onion over high heat.
I added a drizzle of honey to pump up the caramelization in the short amount of time that I cooked the onions.
Cook until well-browned 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
Remove onions to plate with bacon.
- Mix together in small bowl 2 tbs of marscapone cheese with Farmer's cheese (Neufchâtel cheese). Season with freshly ground pepper, and mix. Set aside.
- Spread cheese mixture over pizza dough. Lay apple slices on pizza dough and sprinkle with bacon.
- Spread half of the onions across the pizza. Sprinkle with chopped basil, goat cheese, and remaining onion.
- Bake in 400 degree oven until golden brown.
This wound up being quite good! Woodrow gave it two thumbs up, which is good, because I wasn't sure what he would think of it. He's not a very adventurous eater, unless I hide the ingredients from him and just feed it to him (like not telling him it was goat cheese until he had lauded the dish with praises first!)
Next time I might use more onions in the recipe, because they were really good! Also more apple slices. And I might lessen the amount of goat cheese or try a different kind of cheese. I think that I probably used about 6 ounces of goat cheese, in addition to the cheese mixture spread on the dough, and it wound up being slightly overpowering. I think next time I might use closer to 4 ounces, or try mozzarella or something instead. Also I might mix a little balsamic vinegar in the marscapone-farmer cheese mixture to pump up the sweetness a little, and make the cheese mixture easier to spread over the dough. Also, I would like to try making my own pizza dough next time, and try something that will create a really flavorful crust!
All in all, this was a success! Oh, and see that cheese bread? That is Little Caesar's cheese bread. If you have a boy scout or someone come by your house selling Little Caesar's products, go for the cheese bread! It's awesome!