Last week I was browsing around on Pinterest and saw a post for Pesto Bacon Pizza Bites.
“Ohhh…that sounds good!”
My daughter heard me and asked what I was looking at. When I told her, she immediately said, “You HAVE to make those!”
So it was that easy to decide what snack I was going to make for Superbowl Sunday.
Yesterday morning, I broke out the bread machine to make dough for the crust. I have a tried and true recipe for pizza dough, but since I wanted to make a thin crust I decided to try a different one. It was the recipe in the book that came with the machine and I didn’t remember trying it before, so I thought I’d give it a shot. (You can buy premade dough for pizza if you don’t want to make your own from scratch.)
It was enough to make two crusts, so I decided that I would ALSO make breadsticks.
I rolled out the first crust on a baking stone. Well, I guess you could call it rolling. Mostly I was pushing the rolling pin with one hand and holding on to the stone with the other. The dough was a little harder to roll out than I thought. Maybe rolling it out directly on the stone wasn’t the best idea. . .
Anyway, I got it rolled out and spread some pesto on it. It was premade pesto and had been in the fridge for a while, so I probably should have added a little more olive oil to it. Unfortunately, making the dough used the last of my olive oil. Sigh. So I spread it around as best I could.
Then I added bacon. I crumbled up about 6 or 7 strips on it. I cooked them really crisp (I did NOT burn them . . . the sections with a little black on them were just a little crisper than the other sections.) so they crumbled easily.
That’s it. I popped it in the oven on 400 and started the breadsticks.
Once again, I fought with the baking stone. (Sometimes it takes me a little bit of time to learn.) I cut it into sticks with a sharp knife, brushed them with melted butter, and then sprinkled on some garlic and herb seasoning and topped that with parmesan cheese. Then into the oven with that one.
And I waited. And I waited.
After about 15 minutes, I started checking the pesto crust. No brown at all, but starting to crisp up. And they smelled amazing!!
I waited some more. And some more.
Finally, after about another 10-15 minutes, I went ahead and took the pesto bacon squares out of the oven. I cut them into squares with a pizza cutter and put them in the basket.
About 5 minutes later, I took out the breadsticks and added them to the basket.
None of the crust was terribly brown, but it was done and I was ready to go to the party!
Turned out okay, but the crust was a little bland, according to my daughter. (I don’t think I’ll try that crust recipe again!)
The verdict: Disappointing — they smelled and looked better than they tasted.
Sort of like the Superbowl this year.
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