Sometimes the best thing you can do on a Friday night is have some pizza. Pizza is such a versatile food, you can literally make it suit whatever the mood, even if it’s breakfast or dessert. You can mimic other foods too, as I did tonight. I admit, I have an addiction – to Wendy’s Bacon and Bleu burger. So freaking good. Bad thing is, I live ONE block from Wendy’s. So it’s a huge temptation that I somehow manage to resist.
Today while at the store getting the ingredients for pizza, I didn’t really have a recipe. I just went with what sounded good. The bleu cheese was on sale for a really good price and my thoughts immediately went to that burger. And a beautiful idea was born! I knew my husband had a rough day at work so he wouldn’t want to grill the pizza, which is our favorite way of cooking them. So these were done in the oven, but they could easily be grilled. They were phenomenal though, we will be having this again – probably within the next few days! (The only thing I will do differently is add the basil AFTER the pizzas are cooked.)
Bacon and Bleu Pizza
4 (slices?) whole wheat pita bread (or pizza crust, if you prefer)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4-5 baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
4 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
bleu cheese crumbles
3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Preheat oven to 450.
Arrange the pita bread on a baking sheet.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, season lightly with salt and cook until soft and turning brown. Empty to a bowl and set aside. Add another tbsp oil and the mushrooms, cook just until golden, but don’t let them shrink down too much, remove and set aside. In a small pot, heat the remaining tbsp oil with the red pepper flakes and thyme sprigs until a slow simmer, remove from heat and baste the bread with the olive oil mixture. Top each bread with the carmelized onion/garlic mixture, then the mushrooms. Sprinkle generously with bleu cheese crumbles then the bacon crumbles. Bake until heated through and turning golden. Remove and sprinkle with the chopped basil.