Heirloom BLT Pizza

in Dinner, Pizza

Sometimes I do things I’m not so proud of. This is true.

Like…putting ice cubes in white wine. I’m impatient. I dunno…in the privacy in my own house I like “mom” wine. Gross.

I sometimes buy three bags of groceries and then decide I don’t want to cook and go out to eat instead. Total brat.

I’m also known to back out of Saturday night plans…because sometimes sitting on the couch internet stalking–for some reason–sounds like WAY more fun. Lame. Totally lame.

I’m really bad at returning library books. I found two under my bed. I’m guessing I now owe LA County Library like thousands of dollars for two $10 books from the 70s. I’m also pretty convinced that those fees are going to end up at the DMV. LA doesn’t play.

Sometimes though…sometimes I do really good things.

Like look at my friends dead in their eyes and tell them that I love them. This makes them super awkward and squirm in their seat. And then they usually just tell me to shut up.

I really dig telling strangers “bless you” when they sneeze. They’re always pleasantly surprised.

Whenever a boy, who I don’t know, opens the door for me, I look at them in their face and smile extra hard. And not in a I-like-you-let-me-make-you-eggs-and-bacon kind of way, but in a thank-you-for-being-a-damn-gentlemen way…now let’s get married!! JK.

No, no. I just like saying thank you the proper way, that’s all.

If I’m feeling particularly rich, I’ll put $2 (instead of $1) in my barista’s tip jar. They totally deserve more. Maybe more money and a hug? I’m a handful without coffee.

I can also turn a sandwich into a pizza. I think this qualifies as one of the good things I did recently.

Do you bake your bacon? (That sounds like a personal question, doesn’t it?)

But seriously it’s the only way to go. It’s easy, no mess. In the oven for 15-20 minutes. No bacon grease splattering all over the place–just perfect bacon every time.

I used Peter Reinhart’s pizza dough recipe again. It’s so SO good. It has a slow rise in the fridge.

General rule of thumb: the slower the rise, the more time flavors have to develop.

That’s why this slow rise in the fridge yields such delicious results. If you don’t have the time, I suggest just letting it rise for a few hours in a warm place in your kitchen. It’ll totally be better than most pizza doughs. Trust.

You’ll know when it’s ready to be baked up when it makes that adorable belly-button situation when you stick your finger in the center. If it bounces back, it’s not ready. If it keeps its shape, it’s ready.

Dough knowledge. No biggie.

My brain wanted to really turn this sandwich into a pizza. So I wanted to work the mayonnaise situation into this pizza, too. Since having a base of mayo would be just gross (wait, would it?), I swapped that out with a goat cheese alfredo sauce. Hello! Yum!!

There’s a little roux action, half & half (because we all have that in the fridge) and the goat cheese. Delicious. Rich.

When your pizza dough is all good, stretch it out into an oval or circle or a rectangle. Or the shape of dinosaur. I wanna eat a pizza the shape of a T-Rex.

So whatever shape you’re into is cool.

Spread around the alfredo sauce and stick it in the oven. We’re gonna par-bake this thang for 10 minutes or so.

Since tomatoes release so much water we only want to bake them for a little bit. We want them a little warm. And soft. If we bake them for the full 20 minutes, our pizza will be totally watery. Not cute. Totally not cute.

So 10 minutes in, I opened up the oven and put on the tomato slices, mozzarella and bacon. Baked it for 7-8 more minutes and tadaaaaaa….

That doesn’t look nearly as cute as it should. Let’s rev up the cuteness.

Time for the “L” part (in the BLT)…a.k.a. thinly sliced basil.

Crack some pepper all over it and sprinkle on some salt. Yum.

Sandwich in pizza form. Dooooo it!

Heirloom BLT Pizza

Print this recipe!

1 12-ounce pizza dough (I used this recipe, halved!)

Goat Cheese Alfredo sauce:
1 tablespoon of butter
4 teaspoons of flour
3/4 cup of half and half
1 oz. goat cheese
3/4 teaspoon of salt

Heirloom BLT Pizza:
2-3 heirloom tomatoes
3-4 slices of bacon, cooked
4 ounces of mozzarella (not water packed)
3-4 leaves of basil, thinly sliced

1. Prepare the pizza dough.
2. Pre-heat oven to 450F.
3. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Pour in the half and half and stir until it comes to a boil. Boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minutes, or until thickened. Take it off the heat and mix in the goat cheese and salt. Set aside.
4. Stretch (or roll) dough into circular shape. Add a thin layer of goat cheese sauce on its surface and bake for 10 minutes.
5. While that’s baking slice up your tomatoes, bacon and mozzarella. And get ready. It’s almost game time.
6. At the 10 minute mark, open the oven and carefully (it’s hot!) arrange the tomatoes, bacon and mozzarella on the dough.
7. Bake for another 7-8 more minutes, or until dough is golden brown and cheese is melted.
8. Remove and top with thinly sliced basil and salt and pepper.
9. And then EAT. That step is obvious.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet August 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

man oh man oh man… want.

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Sue/the view from great island August 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

There’s just too many things to comment on in this post…lets just say yes to everything, Especially the guy opening the door for you routine…and I’m married ;)
And the baked bacon thing.
And that amazing dough.
Oh, and the huge chunks of mozzarella.
Thanks!

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Blog is the New Black August 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

This looks so wonderful… I know my bf would die if I made this!

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Bev Weidner August 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

uh, YES PLEASE. Everything I just looked at and read my eyeballs sweaty with happiness.

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Amy @ A Little Nosh August 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

That is a GORGEOUS pizza!

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Angharad August 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

This is a delight. I’ve never made my own pizza dough…or pizzas, mainly because my man worked at a pizza place making wood fired pizza HIS JOB. Therefore negating any desire I had to make my own since he could throw dough, make a mean pizza and serve it up free of charge with a gallon-sized glass of wine. This thing you’ve done here though: tempting me to just try any dang way. It’s a BEAUTY.

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Michelle August 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Wait…goat cheese alfredo!? Can I bathe in a bathtub of that? Would that be weird?

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Adrianna August 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Totally normal to bathe in goat cheese alfredo.

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CheekyChic August 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Holy deliciousness! This pizza makes up for all the “bad” things you do and then some. The one and only time my husband has spit something out in the 9 years we’ve been together was because I used goat cheese. I’ve been scared to use it again….but BLT pizza, come on. I’m sure bacon can help him handle the taste of goat cheese.

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Adrianna August 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Try it on him! He might not even notice. It’s sort of subtle.

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Katrina August 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Perfect! Yum!

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Ashleigh August 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

YUM! You always come up with delicious foods. Your pictures are amazing too. Maybe one day I can be as good as this as you?! :)

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Adrianna August 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Aw! Thank you!

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lynn @ the actor's diet August 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

how gorgeous! the only thing i might add is a cracked egg ;)

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Adrianna August 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I like the way your brain is working.

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Rachel August 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I too am guilty of buying groceries and then going out to eat. Grocery shopping is so exhausting so I never want to cook after!

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Erin @ what the fork August 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

OH this sounds so delicious! I just brought some basil in from the garden now I should go grab a few tomatoes.

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France August 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Blt pizza. It looks incredible. It’s all about the heirloom tomatoes. They have a way of saying eat me, without saying a word!

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Michelle August 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I would give you a hug for making this pizza. Looks perfect. And for the record? I put ice in my wine, say bless you to strangers, love when boys (esp. my son) open doors for people, and generally think you and I would be friends. : )

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Adrianna August 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

Clearly we totally should be!

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Paula @ Dishing the Divine August 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I’m a huge fan of BLTs and a huge fan of pizza. This may be an ideal match made in heaven. Can’t wait to try it!

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Holly Henderson August 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

It reminds me of the panini I make all the time: tomato, basil, pesto. But without the pesto. And in pizza form. Gorgeous!

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Stacy August 30, 2011 at 2:09 am

Mom wine…hilarious. This looks so tasty, but I sort of want to put a fried egg on my slice. Weird? I think it would then also qualify as breakfast food, which I am totally ok with.

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Adrianna August 31, 2011 at 1:41 am

Weird? More like genius.

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Melissa@Julia's Bookbag August 30, 2011 at 3:26 am

Girlfriend, what I really want to tell you is that you are FUN-NAY!! Chuckled my way through this whole post! Now I want to start telling my friends ‘I Love You’ and see what they do…tee hee! This pizza looks DIVINE. I just discovered your blog recently and I’m pretty darn stoked I did!

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kitty quintana August 30, 2011 at 4:20 am

What a great ideal with the goat cheese alfredo sauce! This looks fabulous! can’t wait to try it.

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Pooja August 30, 2011 at 4:29 am

My brother wants you to marry him and cook some of this pizza with portabello fries (he says he’ll do the dishes)!

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Adrianna August 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm

HA. Tell your brother that’s a deal. I like boys who do dishes.

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teresita August 30, 2011 at 11:36 am

What a beautiful looking pizza!! You can almost smell it from the pictures. I’m going to try that dough. I’m enjoying your blog!

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Jen of My Tiny Oven August 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I am drooling right now! This pizza looks so good.
I do that thing where you buy groceries for dinner then end up eating out cause you are too lazy to cook! oops! Glad to know I am not the only one!!

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Vanessa August 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I just bought everything I need to make this. Totally making this for dinner.

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Tina August 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

OMG! I love this. The idea is so super clever. And the pictures are beautiful. I totally tell strangers bless you, too. I love that.

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frenda August 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Ok, I am obsessed with your baking of bacon thing! Can you tell me exactly how you do it? Like, if you were explaining to a 5 yr old, here. A 5 yr old who is allowed to operate an oven, that is. THANKS soo much! I love your blog & the re-design is just perfect!

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Adrianna August 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Ha! Yes! So…preheat your oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment. Lay the bacon side-by-side and bake for 15-20 minutes. I’d check on it at the 15 minute mark–if you like your bacon more crispy, let it cook for 5 more minutes. And then just remove it (be careful the grease is still really hot!) and transfer to some paper towels to drain. That’s it!! Super easy!!

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Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) August 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm

whenever i make pizza with fresh moz it always gets a little wet i guess cause i’ve been making the mistake of using the water packed moz. looks delish! and can i say i too often find myself buying tons of groceries only to end up going to out eat ha :)

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RDO Kitchen Appliances September 6, 2011 at 6:53 am

Wow that too much fat on that bacon! In the UK its really easy to get bacon that’s almost 90% meat!

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Adrianna September 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

WHAAAA?! You guys have sexy accents, bangers & mash, Will & Kate, AND meaty bacon?! Not fair.

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Marcos G. November 7, 2011 at 2:37 am

JUST MADE IT!!!!

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kate September 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

We have given up the lettece on a blt. We use walla walla onions, so sweet in stead. You are in for a treat. very yummy!

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