Ciao's Market Day Pizza: Yummy Bacon, Onion and Tomatoes
I should really call this easy peasy "day-before market day" pizza or "kitchen sink" pizza. When you're down to the last day before grocery shopping, dig out some goodies from your fridge. I always have some kind of cheeses, tomatoes, onions or veggies and deli meats. I keep the pizza dough in the freezer for these days when I need it...
In the morning, I roughly sliced up one onion (I used yellow) and two fresh tomatoes. Put in a gallon plastic bag. Drizzle some olive oil in the bag and sprinkle with herbs of your choice--basil, Italian seasonings, fresh cracked pepper, hot pepper flakes, etc. Add any veggies you'd like to use. Place the bag in the fridge.
Next, peel four or five garlic cloves and leave them whole. Add these to about 1/2 cup olive oil, cover and leave out on counter the entire morning.
When you're ready to cook the pizza do the following:
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Slightly cook any meats you'd like to use. I had bacon on hand so I cooked it until almost crispy but it will continue to cook in the oven. Chop the bacon into pieces when done. You can add "light" deli meats to the pizza at the very end if you choose.
Note: keep pre-made pizza dough (WinCo for $1.50.) on hand in the freezer!
Take out the onions and stir fry them in some of the bacon drippings. As they cook, roll out the dough and spread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (optional). Brush on the olive oil infused with the garlic that you made earlier. Save some of the oil for later also. Remove the garlic and save it in the fridge for another dish.
Cook the dough brushed with olive oil for 5 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove it from the oven and add toppings: more garlic oil, cheeses (I like mozzarella and parm but any will do), bacon or meats, the tomatoes and sprinkle with herbs. Add any spices or additional items such as veggies or olives as you like. Return the pizza with toppings to the oven for about 20 minutes. Be sure its cooked well on the bottom and add more olive oil as needed so it's not dry. Slice and enjoy, mangia!