My husband LOVES making pizza – he grills it in the summer, bakes it in the winter, and comes up with a new flavor combo each time. In this monthly “guest post,” I’m going to sit back, relax, and maybe take the occasional photo while Jeff makes me a pizza and tells you about it. Here he is:
Ever had a movie you’ve memorized, scene-for-scene, word-for-word? Trust me when I say, for Lori, that movie is “Home Alone.” It came out when we were seven years old, so Kevin McAllister was almost exactly the same age. This left her, me, and probably all of our friends, with the same dream of being man (or woman) of the house. Everything about the movie is completely ridiculous and implausible, which is why it’s so great. Lori loved, and still does love, everything about it – the Wet Bandits, the 12 cheese pizzas, the grocery shopping trip where the bags break, Buzz’s tarantula, the mom’s van ride with the Kenosha Kickers (Yes, that’s the polka band. Yes, she knows their name.)
When Lori asked me to make a “filthy animal” pizza, I was like Kevin screaming in shock after splashing his father’s aftershave on his face. I had an idea to make a pizza that revolved around everything PIG. I knew I wanted a combination of pork sausage, bacon, and pulled pork. The first two pig items were easy to find at any local grocery store, but the pulled pork was a challenge. Our options were make some (this takes hours in a crock pot), buying a plastic container of the microwaveable stuff, or go to one of the great local BBQ restaurants in the Detroit area and order some take-out. We went with something similar to option three – our grocery store has added a smoked meat counter where they do briskets, pulled pork, ribs, etc.
The pizza was just a simple combo of the take-out pulled pork, chopped sausage, cooked bacon, and simple homemade pizza sauce (post on that coming soon, but feel free to use your favorite recipe or buy a jar of sauce). For spice, there is some pepper jack cheese. For sweetness, there is some caramelized onions. And finally, some chopped parsley for color. I hope you enjoy!
“Home Alone”-Inspired Filthy Animal Pizza
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 links spicy Italian sausage, thinly sliced
- 4 slices hardwood smoked bacon
- 1 ball of pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
- Nonstick cooking spray and/or cornmeal (optional)
- 3/4 cup pizza sauce
- 6 ounces prepared pulled pork
- 4 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until onion is deeply caramelized, stirring occasionally. Transfer onion to small bowl; return skillet to heat. Add sausage to skillet; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On rimmed baking pan lined with parchment paper, arrange bacon slices in single layer. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper-towel lined plate. Let cool; then crumble bacon.
- Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Press pizza dough into large circle on pizza stone or pan (spray with cooking spray or sprinkle with cornmeal first if you’re worried about dough sticking). Bake 10 minutes or until light golden brown and almost cooked through.
- Remove crust from oven. Spread with pizza sauce, then top with pulled pork, cheese, caramelized onion, sausage and bacon. Bake 5 to 7 minutes longer, or until crust is cooked through and toppings are hot. Remove from oven; sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
For more pizza creations by Jeff, check out our pizza archive!