Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pizza, Pie?

First of all, I'd like to start this post by saying WOOHOO!  YOU WANT PIES WITH THAT IS BACK, BABY!  You think I'm excited about that?  That doesn't even compare to the excitement I harbored for this month's challenge:  Pizza Pie.  Now whether you believe a pizza is technically a pie or not is not the point here folks.  The point is that Erin from Milk & Honey finally chose a theme that encourages the savory (though sweet and creative pizzas are also encouraged.)  Some of my favorite pies are savory ones, so I welcomed this theme with open arms (and open mouth.)  And I mean, I have an excuse to make pizza!!

Towards the end of April, I made a vow to start working on bread products with the two allergen free flour mixes I'v been perfecting.  So far I've made rolls, a double-crust pie, and now, a pizza dough!  I used the recipe that the genius Jeanne of Four Chickens adapted and it worked insanely well.  I've been trying to find or make Gluten-Free pizza since 2007 folks, and this is the first time I really felt, damn, that's finally pizza, free of everything I can't eat.

But where would a pizza be without it's toppings?  For this Pizza Pie Challenge, I decided to go all out and make a pizza that would make my toes curl, my eyes roll and my tongue dance with delight, and I have three letters for you all: B.L.T.

This B.L.T. pizza is a mix of the sweet, salty, and savory that I love so much.  It's a twist on a classic, as instead of lettuce I used leeks (yum!)  The fresh bacon, leeks, and tomatoes along with perfect spices on this amazingly stable and allergen free crust totally rocked my world.  I can't wait to see what the other awesome creatives came up with here!

B.L.T. Pizza
(Bacon, Leek, and Tomato)

1 allergen-free crust prepared via Four Chickens blog or your own favorite
2 slices bacon or turkey bacon
1/2 pint of fresh grape tomatoes, rinsed, drained, and cut into small circles
1 stalk of leeks, just the steam cut into slices and quartered
3 cloves of garlic chopped or diced (I like smelly pizza, feel free to reduce)
a few oz shaved fresh parmesan cheese
a few oz Kerrygold vintage cheddar cheese
thyme, basil, black truffle salt, pepper to taste
olive oil

Prepare crust according to recipe.
While par-baking the crust prepare toppings as follows:
Fry bacon in olive oil until desired crispiness, remove and drain on paper towels. Tear bacon into pieces.
Throw leeks and garlic into bacony oil and saute until soft.  Remove leeks/garlic and drain.

(stacking process)

Remove par-baked crust and brush lightly with olive oil.
Arrange grape tomatoes on crust followed by leeks/garlic, bacon, desired amount of parmesan and slices of cheddar.
Sprinkle to taste with fresh thyme, basil, black truffle salt and pepper.
Put in the oven and cook for 6-8 more minutes and remove.
Cry tears of joy in anticipation of eating something so good you may just foodgasm.

Of course, even though the crust is allergen free, the dairy and meat I chose to put on the pizza compromises the allergy status of it, but there's no reason you couldn't tailer it to your own needs.  Now stop looking at my pizza and go be creative!


  1. Mmmmmm, love it! When I saw the "blt" title, for a second I was like "lettuce on pizza???" But I LOVE the idea of using leeks instead...they are one of my favorite much good flavor! This pizza sounds totally delish.

  2. Oh this looks so pretty with the veggies! I love the toppings and thank you for the link to the gluten free recipes. My friend just stopped eating wheat and I can't wait to make her a pizza she can eat!

  3. This sounds great! And so colorful and healthy. Love the addition of leeks, their one of my faves. :) Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love BLTs in any form, and this sounds extra marvelous!

  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.