Not Just a Pepperoni Pizza

So how are those resolutions treating ya? Well, if you’re doing the whole healthy thing then this post might make you consider a cheat day.

Who doesn’t love pizza? I’ve shared a few pizza variations on this blog (here), but generally I keep my pizzas simple. However, now that all these little pizza joints are popping up (PizzaRev, Pieology, Blaze, etc.) where you can create your own customized pizza, I feel silly (self conscious?) when I order a simple pepperoni pizza. Are they judging my bare pizza? Do they think my boring pizza means I’m a boring person? Probably not, but I also feel like I should be taking advantage of all the toppings…I mean…I’m paying for them and there is no limit…so I’ve started to expand my pizza palette.

Red Sauce? White Sauce? Olive Oil? Oooh, sometimes I even get really crazy and mix the red and white sauce. (For today’s recipe I went with just a light drizzle of olive oil). And why settle for one cheese when you can pile on a few (mozzarella & ricotta, please!). Duh, still sticking with pepperoni, but let’s make things exciting with a little bacon. Because everything’s better with bacon. Toss on some basil and garlic, and we’re ready to throw this pizza in the oven. Now, one of my new favorite toppings goes on after the pizza has cooked: a handful of arugula and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I have a strawberry balsamic in my pantry that I used and it gave the perfect hint of sweetness to the pizza.

Are you a boring pizza person or do you go crazy with toppings? I’d love to hear some of your favorite pizza toppings and combinations.

XO – Courtney
Not Just a Pepperoni Pizza
INGREDIENTS
· Pizza Dough (homemade or store bought)
· Olive Oil
· Mozzarella Cheese
· Ricotta Cheese
· Pepperoni
· Bacon
· Basil
· Minced Garlic
· Arugula
· Balsamic Vinegar
DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven according to pizza dough instructions.
2. Drizzle olive oil on dough and back for a few minutes before adding toppings.
3. Add toppings: mozzarella, ricotta, pepperoni, bacon, basil, & garlic.
4. Remove pizza from oven, top with fresh arugula & balsamic vinegar, and serve immediatley.
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