Garlic #1 – Roasted Garlic Bacon Pizza

At the farmers market recently my husband and I bought a Volcanic Garlic Braid. It is beautiful, look how pretty it is up against the green walls of our kitchen!

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So we have 25 beautiful, huge garlic heads to cook, and I am so excited to start documenting how we get through the braid, and how fast it flies off our wall. I’m hopeful that we use all 25 of these beauties before the end of the summer so I can get another before the Farmers Market closes for the season.

So the very first one I cut off (I learned that you are intended to cut them from the top and then work your way down) has graced a brand new delicious pizza.

It sounds so simple, garlic pizza, but it is so simple it was heavenly. Here is my recipe, and a huge shout out to my friend Katie who gifted me a bread maker a year ago. I can never thank her enough, we use it all the time,and specifically for pizza crust.

Roasted Garlic Bacon Pizza

Ingredients
Pizza Crust (you can buy this from the store, buy a pre made crust, get dough from a local pizzeria or if you’re lucky to have a friend like Katie, make your own. If you make your own, add some parmesan cheese, garlic powder and fresh basil to the dough it’s heavenly.)
Tomato sauce (about 3 TBSP, you really don’t need much)
Dried (or fresh) oregano
Dried (or fresh) basil
Salt and pepper to taste
One Garlic Head
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 Cup water
One Half Onion
One tsp Butter
5 Pieces of Bacon
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (about 3 handfuls or more if you like)
Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Directions
Put the bacon on a broiler pan and put in a cold oven and then set the oven to 350 degrees.
When the oven hits 350, set the timer for 17 minutes. Once the timer beeps, your bacon will be perfect.

Meanwhile, dice the onion and sautee it in the butter until it’s soft and sweet. Take the onion off the stove, and save for later.

Cut about 1/2 inch off of the top of the garlic and place in a garlic roaster. Put 1 TBSP of olive oil on the garlic (you can use any olive oil you want, I used rosemary olive oil) plus a little salt and pepper.

Once the Bacon is done, put the garlic roaster right in the oven and let it cook. After 15 minutes, add 1/2 cup of water to the roaster, then check the garlic every 15 minutes and drizzle the water on the garlic again. Do this until the garlic has been in the oven for 1 hour total.

While the garlic is baking, get your dough/crust ready for deliciousness by placing it and stretchng it if needed on a pizza stone or pizza pan. Once the bacon is cool then chop the bacon into small bite size pieces.

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As soon as the garlic is done, put the pizza dough in the oven and raise the temperature to 450. Let it cook for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, pull the dough out of the oven and then layer the ingredients.

First the tomato sauce, then the salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Then layer the onions and bacon on top. Finally squeeze out every garlic clove out of it’s soft papery cover and add it to the pizza. Take the back side of a spoon and smash the garlic down to help spread it around a little. Then add the cheese to the top.

Bake the pizza for 20 minutes at 450 until delicious and bubbly.

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It takes some time and planning, but with a little prep, you will make the best pizza your garlic loving heart has had in a long while.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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