Kimchi and Bacon Pizza

Kimchi and Bacon Pizza

Last week, I shared my recipe for a BLT with Avocado Spread, a sammich I like to make when my schedule gets super busy.  This Kimchi and Bacon Pizza is another quick and easy recipe perfect after a long work day.  The secret to whipping up a delicious pizza in a matter of moments?  Pre-made dough.  Making dough from scratch is simple; however, I find all of the kneading and rising and waiting and resting quite off-putting.  Especially when I’ve been working 50 – 60 hour weeks!  Instead, I purchase dough from a local pizzeria for a buck or two.  I urge you to call around to your local pizza parlors (not Papa John’s or Dominoes), and ask them if they sell dough.  You’d be surprised at how many say yes!

Topped with smokey bacon and salty-sour kimchi, this pizza is bold, fragrant and packed with mouth-watering flavor.  After just one bite, you won’t be able to stop eating (I know I couldn’t!).  Kimchi, usually an acquired taste, can vary greatly based on where you buy it.  Don’t be afraid of it though :)  I found a delicious organic kimchi at a local farmer’s market.  If you don’t like the first one you taste, try another brand!  When cooked in the oven, the kimchi mellows out a bit, and melts into the cheese and tomato sauce, creating something quite harmonious.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Shaved Asparagus and Bacon Pizza

Shaved Asparagus and Bacon Pizza

I find the few minutes between bringing a hot, fresh pizza from the oven and the moment when the pizza is cool enough to eat absolutely excruciating.  The sizzling toppings taunt me as I eagerly await that first taste of melty mozzarella and crunchy, golden crust.  It takes every shred of willpower I have to keep me from diving in right away.  It’s a challenge I face almost every week when making homemade pizza.  Aside from that first glorious bite of a freshly baked pie, I just love creating toppings.  Sometimes I enjoy meat pizzas (hot salami, Italian sausage, roasted chicken).  Other weeks I go the seasonal veggie route (shiitake mushrooms, red bell pepper, Tuscan kale).  Really, olive oil, salt and dough (that I purchase at a local pizzeria) are the only constants from week to week.  I recently decided to experiment with the classic combination of asparagus and bacon.  A coiled nest of long, green asparagus tendrils are piled high onto a bed of freshly grated mozzarella and Parmesan.  Finished with a sprinkling of sliced scallion and crumbled bacon, this Shaved Asparagus and Bacon Pizza is well-balanced and packed with mouth-watering flavor.  The freshness of the asparagus balances the smoky richness of the bacon, creating quite the harmonious bite.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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