Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pizza

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The front room of my house has nothing in it. Absolutely positively nothing…other than a broken IKEA couch that Mr. Prevention refuses to part with, that is. I’ve requested that we 1) get rid of the broken couch and 2) shop for living room furniture. #uphillbattle

But, some bad excuse always comes up when I ask him if we can go furniture shopping. And then we argue about whether or not a couch that nearly touches the ground is really and truly “broken”. As if this is actually a debate.

The real issue? The man is cheap.

(And his rear rarely leaves the Lay-Z Boy in the family room.)

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Mr. Prevention is the guy who gets his hair cut at the discount hair salon in grocery store for $8, after his $2 off coupon. He offers up our date night options by informing me of where we have coupons or Groupons. I recently got yelled at for buying Hefty trash bags because “those are so expensive, Nicole!”!!

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I suggested we spend our tax return sprucing up our landscaping…and he agreed. By sprucing up, I really mean tearing it all out and replanting bushes, perennials, etc. When we got a rather steep quote last night, he didn’t really bat an eye. I’m thinking that’s because our neighbor not-so-bashfully asked if we would be doing anything to our landscaping this year…

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I get on Mr. Prevention about his “good deals gone wrong”, from time-to-time. Yes, fresh mozzarella is incredibly cheap at CostCo…but we have 2 pounds of it that expires tomorrow. His solution: “Why don’t you make us pizza?” Hmm…why don’t you make us pizza?

Needless to say, I came home from work yesterday to find a pizza crust, pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, and a green bell pepper. And a request to use the jalapeno in the fridge. At least he asked first?

I don’t know that his pizza will be able to hold a candle to this pizza with brussels sprouts, bacon, and goat cheese. Though, I’m sure he’d argue otherwise 😉

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Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pizza adapted from Shutterbean and Pink Parsley via Cook Like a Champion

1 lb whole wheat pizza dough
4 pieces of bacon, chopped
10 brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
pinch of red pepper flakes
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
3 oz fontina, shredded
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Place a pizza stone or sheet pan in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees for ~30 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet, stirring often, until just crispy and lightly browned, 4-5 minutes.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.  To the bacon drippings, add the brussels sprouts, shallots, garlic, oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes; saute 2-3 minutes or until brussels sprouts are slightly softened. Remove from heat.

On a piece of parchment paper lightly dusted with cornmeal, stretch the pizza dough into a 14-inch circle.  Brush the perimeter with olive oil. Sprinkle the dough with the cheesea, leaving a thin border around the edge.  Evenly distribute the brussels sprouts mixture, then top with the bacon.

Transfer the pizza and parchment to the stone in the oven, and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is browned and the toppings are cooked through.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool 2-3 minutes before slicing and serving.

Yield: 8 slices

Nutrition Information (per slice): 210 calories; 10.9 g. fat; 21 mg. cholesterol; 492 mg. sodium; 19.3 g. carbohydrate; 2.0 g. fiber; 7.6 g. protein; 0.5 g. sugar

Result: Such a savory pizza! While the brussels sprouts don’t make this pizza for me (more of a texture preference – the taste was great!). I love the bacon with balsamic concept and the fontina added a richness balanced by the creaminess of the goat cheese and crunch of bacon to finish. Mmm!

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12 Comments

  1. March 29, 2013 / 6:27 am

    I cannot tell you how delicious that pizza sounds. It’s like everything good piled onto one whole wheat crust. I want it NOW… There may be a pizza night very soon at my house.

  2. March 29, 2013 / 7:14 am

    This is seriously eerie. My bf ordered this exact pizza (it’s the new seasonal combo) at Cali PIzza Kitchen on Wednesday. He luckily let me have a piece (we don’t share food- it’s a rule) and I fell in love. My coworker and I spent yesterday strategizing how to make it. And here it is… lol

  3. March 29, 2013 / 7:34 am

    I’d be grabbing the mozz since I can’t do goat cheese but otherwise sounds AWESOME! (Ooh maybe with some caramelized onions too! Can you tell I haven’t eaten breakfast yet? LOL)

    Replace the couch. Ask him what’s next, putting it up on concrete blocks?? 😉

  4. Lizzie
    March 29, 2013 / 9:41 am

    Oh my GOSH this looks wonderful!
    I have never tried a brussel sprout, but now seems like as good a time as ever!
    Happy Friday Nicole 🙂

  5. March 29, 2013 / 10:37 am

    I’ve tried brussel sprouts several ways, I may have to try them on a pizza! Hooray you made it to Friday! And yes, now that I think of it, I did see on your blog how to find the right light to take photos – thanks for the tip! It’s only taken me 4 1/2 years to get there!

  6. March 29, 2013 / 10:38 am

    Oh yum! I’ve stuffed the crust with goat cheese before but definitely need to try it on the pizza itself!

  7. April 1, 2013 / 9:37 am

    Mr. P and I would get along famously. I’m a cheapskate too.

    …although if my neighbours complained about my landscaping I’d probably not fix it, solely out of spite. Mr. P’s a better person than I am that way.

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