Can we just say yum? Looking at those pictures makes me wish it was pizza Friday! Last Sunday when it was too rainy to grill we decided to have a fun family pizza night. I love making pizza at home. It always turns out better than going + way better than delivery.
Our favorite way to do it is to always start with a thin crispy crust, add a sauce of choice, top it with lots of cheese + add whatever toppings your heart fancies. I’ve been craving a pizza that combines both the sweet + the savory + not too much sauce… and voila! Sweet pears, crispy bacon, a four cheese blend, garlic + fresh arugula met every expectation.
Even my husband (who is more of a classic peperoni lover) approved of this new recipe. I usually use a prepackaged dry mix for the dough (such a time saver) but decided to venture into the unknown and try out the famed Trader Joe’s premade dough + it was SO good guys! I also picked up their quattro formaggio cheese blend + I’m thinking there’s no going back to any other type of pizza cheese from here on out.
So pour yourself a glass of wine or pop open a fun summer beer + have a relaxing pizza night in with your honey (it’s actually somewhat therapeutic to roll + knead out the dough). Or better yet- throw a pizza party for friends with all varieties of pizzas as a great weekend BBQ alternative! Yummm
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-22 minutes
Serves: 2 or 3
-1 package Trader Joe’s Regular Pizza Dough
-1/4-1/2 thinly slices ripe D’anjou pear (depending on the size of your pizza, we went with 1/4 for ours)
-3-4 pieces of crispy bacon
-2 cups shredded 4 cheese blend (Trader Joe’s Quatrro Formaggio is perfect for this)
-1/2 cup arugula
-1 clove crushed or minced garlic
-1.5 Tbsp. olive oil
-Drizzle of balsamic reduction or glaze
Begin by following the instructions on the pizza dough if using Trader Joe’s (leave out for 20 minutes prior to using). Preheat oven to 425 degrees + lightly spray your baking sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray + add a dusting of flour. With flour coated hands begin working your dough and rolling it out to get the shape you want. (I am horrible at making pretty circles so I opted for an artistic square/oval shaped thing.) Once you are happy with the size + shape of your future pizza, poke some holes all over it wit ha fork + pop it into the oven for 8-10 minutes until it is ever so slightly browned. Meanwhile, in a small bowl add the crushed garlic + olive oil + stir to combine. Slice up your pear, prepare your bacon + measure out the cheese.
Once the pizza dough is ready use a spoon or pastry brush to spread the olive oil + garlic mixture evenly over the dough. Top with cheese, pears + bacon + return to the oven for 10-12 additional minutes or until crust is golden brown + cheese is gooey + bubbly. Remove from oven + allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before topping with arugula + drizzling balsamic reduction over it. Slice it up + enjoy.
Happy long weekend. Xo, Jules