Until recently, I was convinced the triumvirate of perfect pizza toppings was tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. Simple. Classic. Delicious.
Then I encountered a maple-bacon-butter pizza and discovered new depths of pizza perfection and appreciation. But first, a disclaimer seems warranted. If this pizza were on a menu, it most certainly would not have one of those happy little heart icons next to it. Digest at your own risk.
I was attending an outdoor festival being catered by a pizza food truck, Mountain Fire Pizza based in Gorham, N.H. The menu listed the maple-bacon pizza, and it held no appeal to me. My bacon-loving 8-year-old had other ideas. So we ordered one.
The sauce-free pizza arrived sprinkled with bacon and dripping with butter. It was breathtakingly delicious. And I knew I had to re-create it.
Predictably, the Internet abounds with recipes for pizza made with maple-cured bacon. But the pizza I'd had went well beyond that. There clearly was maple syrup or sugar involved, as well as an ample helping of butter to keep things interesting. So I started playing.
In the end, the pizza I created was refreshingly simple. A basic crust topped first with mozzarella, then cooked bacon, then more mozzarella, and finally dollops of maple compound butter (made by blending softened butter with granulated maple sugar). It's as good and unhealthy as it sounds.
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons granulated maple sugar
1 (20-ounce) ball prepared pizza dough, room temperature
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
12 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the butter and maple sugar until well blended..
On a lightly floured surface, carefully roll the pizza dough into a 14-inch circle. You may need to use your hands to stretch the dough if rolling alone doesn't work. Transfer the dough to prepared baking sheet.
Sprinkle grated mozzarella evenly over the dough. Top the mozzarella with bacon, distributing it evenly over the pizza. Arrange slices of fresh mozzarella over the bacon. Using 2 spoons, scoop and dollop the maple sugar butter evenly over the pizza. The dollops do not need to be spread; they will melt in the oven.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is puffed and browned and the cheese at the center of the pizza is lightly browned. Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Servings • 4
Source: The Associated Press