When I was in college, I ate a lot of shit. Who didn’t, right? One of my favorite things was bacon cheeseburger pizza. I haven’t seen this anywhere since then and obviously we snooty vegetarians have no use for regular bacon cheeseburger pizza. We do, however, make a serviceable vegetarian version.
Vegetarian “Bacon” “Cheeseburger” pizza
- Pizza crust of your choice (The type of crust is not important for this pizza; it serves only as a delivery system for the toppings. Ben usually makes his own and doesn’t use a recipe. Use whatever you like, even a Boboli. It’s all good. Our pizzas vary in size from 12 inches to 16 inches, and we use approximately the same amount of toppings, except the cheese.)
- Pizza sauce of your choice (I’ll post a recipe for this sometime, but, like the crust, the sauce isn’t super important for this pizza. The one thing to know is that it’s better to use crushed tomatoes than tomato sauce, which I stupidly used to do all the time before I knew better. Don’t go overboard on the sauce with this pizza.)
- Note: You can use the crust and sauce from this recipe.
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 Morningstar Farms Grillers Prime (microwaved for approximately 1:11 — just to thaw), chopped
- 4-5 Morningstar Farms bacon strips (microwaved for approximately 2:22 — this makes them nice and crispy), broken into chunks
- Grated parmesan cheese (the cheap stuff in the canister is good here)
- 1 to 2+ cups grated cheese (1 cup is okay for a 12-incher, use more for a bigger pizza) as follows: 1/2 mozzarella or “pizza cheese” mixture and 1/2 cheddar
- Dill pickles (we currently have Claussen dill halves), sliced or chopped (this is the best part)
Make your dough if you’re doing that and do a 5-minute parbake at 450. (I guess this is a thing? You just put the dough on your pizza pan and bake it for 5 minutes before putting anything on it. As you can see, I don’t make the pizza crust in this family.) If you’re using prepared dough or a Boboli, just put it on a pizza pan. Add as much sauce as you like (less is better than more here). Distribute the onion, burgers, bacon, grated parmesan, mozzarella, and cheddar evenly over the pizza. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes or until the pizza is as done as you like (or follow the directions for packaged dough or Boboli). After removing the pizza from the oven, distribute the pickles over the top.
Sorry for the lame recipe (Make your own crust! Use whatever sauce!), but the toppings are the focus of this pizza and it’s kind of poor college student food, so it’s not worth getting all fancy.
Here’s what it looks like (and as always, sorry about the terrible photo; the lighting in our kitchen is not good and using a flash makes everything look weird — I need to find our little tripod):