We just recently started shopping at Trader Joe’s and yes, we know we’re about 10 years behind the times. Better late than never we say. We also say that their beef bacon may be one of the best things to happen to our ingredient arsenal. Paired with some good stilton and a little HP sauce and you’ve got the makings of a British-style steakhouse pizza. Yes, we totally made that up.
Equipment Needed: Baking Sheet or Pizza Pan or Pizza Stone, Frying Pan, Wooden Spoon, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Serving Spoon
Serving Suggestion: Family Style
Servings: We can take down half a pizza each, but this could serve up to 4 people that aren’t pigs.
Suggested Wine Pairing: Chianti, Montepuciano D’Abruzzo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
Suggested Beer Pairing: Stouts, Porters, Brown Ales
- 1 pre-made ball of pizza dough (about $1.99/package)
- 1 package of beef bacon (if you’re not near a Trader Joe’s, use regular bacon or roast beef (about $3/8 oz package)
- 4-6 oz stilton cheese (you can use blue or gorgonzola if you can’t find stilton) ($12.99/lb)
- 1 large onion ($0.99/lb)
- 1/4 C flour ($1.89/2 lb)
- 1/3 – 1/2 C HP Sauce (you can use A1 or your favorite steak sauce if you can’t find HP) (about $4/9 oz bottle)
- 1 TBSP unsalted butter ($4.99/lb)
- 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar (about $6/17 oz bottle)
- 2 TBSP grade A honey ($4.19/12 oz)
- Preheat your oven to 425°F.
- Peel and halve the onion then cut it into thin slices. Put your frying pan over medium heat and add the butter. Once it’s melted throw the onion in and give it a healthy dash of salt and pepper. Stir once every few minutes until they’re cooked down a decent amount (about 8 minutes)
- Pour in the honey and balsamic vinegar. Continue cooking everything down, stirring occasionally until you’re ready to top your pizza.
- On your baking sheet toss some flour down and spread out the pizza dough out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick (roughly as thick as a book of matches) (yes, that’s a random comparison).
- Pour the HP sauce on the dough and spread it out evenly with a spoon.
- Layer the beef bacon across the top, take your onions off the stove and spread them evenly too. (if you’re using beef bacon or roast beef there’s no need to cook it first. If you’re using regular bacon, you’ll need to fry it up before topping your pizza.)
- Crumble the stilton over the whole lot and pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the crust is crispy. Cut into quarters and serve.