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Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizzas

This is one of those recipes that has been in my “must-try” folder for years.  YEARS!  The recipe caught my eye because when I was mall-shopping way back in my college days, I stopped into a restaurant and ordered a salad that was served on top of pizza dough.  It was amazing.  I’ve never been able to get that pizza salad out of my head.  Then I happened upon this recipe the other day… tucked away in my files, and I decided it was time to try it.  We all had it for lunch last Saturday:  Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizzas

Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizza

This version is a little different than the one I remember: it’s griddle-cooked dough topped with mashed avocado and a marinated tomato- arugula salad.  Oh, and topped with BACON.  A little goat or feta cheese would be good sprinkled on top too.

Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizza 1

The pizza dough is quick fried in a pan until browned.  The recipe here calls for homemade dough, but you can just as easily pick up store-bought pizza dough and start with that.

Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizza 2

Mashed avocado is spread on top of the cooked dough…

Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizza - RecipeGirl.com

… and a balsamic-dressed tomato/arugula/shallot salad is spooned on top.  Bacon is added for a final touch.  We found that these were easiest to eat with a knife and fork.  I made my dough a little bit thick…next time I would stretch it slightly thinner.  We all enjoyed though- it was something different and fun to make.  I can imagine making it with all kinds of different salads served on top.  A caprese salad would be fabulous.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25min + rising time

Cook Time: 40 min

Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizzas

To speed things up, you can always use store-bought pizza dough and work with that instead.

Ingredients:

1 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour, divided
One 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, sliced thinly
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for brushing)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
One 12-ounce package bacon
3 medium avocados
4 handfuls arugula or watercress

Directions:

1. In a large glass, whisk together the water, 1 tablespoon flour, yeast and sugar; let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes). Using a food processor, combine the remaining flour and salt. With the machine running, pour in the yeast mixture and process until the dough forms a ball. Mix for another minute, then transfer the dough to a large greased bowl, turning the dough to coat. Cover with a clean dishtowel and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, shallot, olive oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature to marinate.

3. Preheat a large skillet; add the bacon and cook, turning once until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes Drain on paper towels, then chop into bite-sized pieces. Mash the avocado in a medium bowl.

4. Preheat a griddle or large skillet to medium heat. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 4 pieces, then flatten each one into a disk. Stretch each disk into a 10-inch round. Brush one side of each round with olive oil. Transfer to the heated pan and place oiled-side-down. Cook, lightly, brushing the tops with more oil and flipping once, until browned, about 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board (if making these one at a time, wrap them in foil to keep warm while you finish the rest).

5. Spread the avocado evenly on each crust, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Toss the arugula with the tomato mixture and divide the salad mixture between the four pizzas. Sprinkle bacon pieces on top.

Tips:

*Crumbled goat or feta cheese would be an excellent addition to these pizzas.

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine)

More pizza made in a frying pan that you might enjoy- from these fabulous blogs:
Frying Pan Pizza by The Perfect Pantry
Skillet Tortilla Pizza by Simply Recipes
Pizza Margherita by No Recipes

25 Responses to “Bacon- Avocado Griddle Pizzas”

  1. postedOct 3, 2013 4:06 AM

    I remember the same reaction when I first had a salad topped pizza at CPK a million years ago. Love that you use smashed avocado in place of sauce, I am completely trying this!

  2. postedOct 3, 2013 5:13 AM

    I LOVE this idea! A salad on a pizza is so much better than a plain old salad any day and with bacon too? Yeah, I am sold!

  3. postedOct 3, 2013 6:17 AM

    I want that right now, Lori!!!

  4. postedOct 3, 2013 6:38 AM

    Looks delicious!!!

  5. postedOct 3, 2013 7:01 AM

    CAAAAAAAN’T even take it. But I’ll take 48.

  6. postedOct 3, 2013 7:11 AM

    Love salad on pizza! And love making my own with amazing ingredients – like you did with this bacon and avocado!!! Gosh this looks awesome!!!

  7. postedOct 3, 2013 8:01 AM

    This is brilliant! Now you can have your salad and pizza all in one bite! :)

  8. postedOct 3, 2013 9:20 AM

    I love everything about this! Avocados, bacon, tomatoes all on grilled pizza – so good!

  9. postedOct 3, 2013 9:41 AM

    Yum! Awesome flavors – this looks SO good. I love doing pizzas topped with salad or greens, and the avocado is really unique and looks super tasty!

  10. postedOct 3, 2013 10:57 AM
    Kev

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! Looks soooo good!!!
    Can’t wait to try it!!! Thanks, Recipe Girl!!! :o)

  11. postedOct 3, 2013 11:17 AM

    I love this, can’t wait to try it for myself! :)

  12. postedOct 3, 2013 4:18 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. I cheated and used pillsbury pizza dough and it was delicious. This recipe is a keeper and I will be making again. Thanks for sharing.

  13. postedOct 3, 2013 11:15 PM

    Aha, my favorite pizza at CPK is their California Club and everyone says it`s a salad on a pizza. But, it`s just so darn delicious! I totally want to try this now.

  14. postedOct 4, 2013 9:37 AM
    Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Whoaaaa this looks so mouthwatering and brilliant recipe! Love love love it so much.

  15. postedOct 4, 2013 2:46 PM

    I love the use of Avocado on the pizza to give a creamy texture! Sounds great with goat cheese also. Thanks for sharing!

  16. postedOct 4, 2013 3:36 PM

    Oh, I need this griddle pizza for dinner tonight! (Don’t know how I missed this post in my feed yesterday?) Those toppings…all my faves. Thanks for sharing, Lori!

  17. postedOct 5, 2013 6:41 PM

    These look incredibly delicious!!

  18. postedOct 6, 2013 3:36 PM
    Rachel

    I’ve never had anything like this, but we do pizzas on the weekly so I’m definitely going to try it! Do you know if the dough recipe would work okay in a bread machine?

    • October 8th, 2013 @ 8:05 PM

      I’m not sure…

  19. postedOct 6, 2013 5:01 PM

    Mouth watering!!! Oh goodness, I need to get this in front of me right now :) definitely saving this recipe

  20. postedOct 9, 2013 8:32 AM

    I think I have all of the ingredients so I can have if for lunch!

    I’ll be using a “ready made” heat and eat crust like Bobboli just to cut down on the time…. now I’m starving….

  21. postedOct 9, 2013 11:04 AM

    Pizzas on the griddle, what will they think of next? Definitely a knife-and-fork endeavor by the looks of it.

  22. postedOct 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    I love this idea, Lori! And with bacon!! Can’t wait to try it!

  23. postedMar 15, 2014 3:24 PM
    Michele

    I have made these at least 6 times already and making them again tonight. AMAZING recipe!!! I do add some crumbled feta but the recipe is spot on perfect even without it.

    • March 17th, 2014 @ 7:49 AM

      Glad to hear!

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