Bacon, Tomato, & Rosemary Pizza & Austin, TX

Bacon Tomato Rosemary Pizza

A few weeks ago, I was driving down the blistering hot Texas highways to Austin. It seems like for the past month all I’ve been doing is traveling. I’m not complaining though, as I’ve seen great things (like drunk Elvis at 10 in the morning), tasted bites that made my mind explode, and I’ve been places lately that I never thought I’d ever go. Even though headed to Austin is like visiting an aunt for this Dallas girl, I knew I’d leave with some adventures and I’d come back too exhausted to cook. Thankfully, when I did return, I was saved by a quick 15 minute Bacon, Tomato, and Rosemary Pizza on Naan Bread that was too delicious and simple not to share with you.

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I was in Austin for BlogHer Food ’13, a food conference for bloggers; and one of my favorite food producers, Applegate, was kind enough to send me. As a whole food/clean eating food blogger, I wasn’t sure if I’d find bloggers who appreciate or have the same values I have about food. So, I thought if I put this awesome “I love meat” pin on my badge it would act as a beacon to find those just like me — because if you’re a fan of Applegate, chances are you care about what you’re eating (plus I thought it was hilarious). It was a success, as I met some amazing people! It also did one of three things: 1. It instantly brought up the “why should I care how my food is processed” conversation, 2. “MY KID EATS THOSE HOT DOGS LIKE CANDY!,” and last but not least and my personal favorite 3. The weird “Does she know she’s wearing a button that says she loves meat?” look.

The conference itself was great. I got to meet so many new bloggers and hear their stories and aspirations. Plus, it’s always great to reconnect with amazing friends. But I think my favorite part about BlogHer Food was what went on behind the scenes.

If you’ve ever been to BlogHer Food then you know it’s all about the luncheons, dinners, and parties and there were a lot this year. I found myself having to set reminders to where I was supposed to be and when on my phone so I wouldn’t forget. After the third day of non-stop events, everything began to merge together but there was one event that stuck with me and that was the Applegate luncheon.

4I’ve been working with Applegate sparsely the past few years on their community page of their website. I’ve enjoyed working with them and being connected to a company that I can be proud of but I’ve never completely understood Applegate until the hosted luncheon at BlogHer Food.

Seated at a table at one of Austin’s premier farm-to-table restaurants, Olivia, a selected group of bloggers listened intently to Applegate’s co-founder Chris Ely tell the inspiring story of Applegate’s history. Chris is a fascinating person and I was enthralled to hear the path he took from being a chef to working in the wine business to eventually finding his way back to his family’s farm and smokehouse that produced nitrate-free meats. It just proves that–ugh–Mom was right, you can learn from your experiences and in Chris’ case that was to produce specialty meat products inspired by his time in Europe with local quality meats. It was this passion combined with co-owner Stephen McDonnell’s desire to provide the world with sustainable healthy food that gave birth to Applegate. Over amazing dishes of porkbelly, fresh watermelon, bacon (did you doubt there would be bacon?) and Willie Nelson Chicken Fried Steak (yes, that’s a real thing) we heard a story steeped in a desire to provide a product that we can feel good about eating – without additives and nitrates and that preserves farming that is free of antibiotics and hormones. Maybe I was food-drunk from the glorious bacon and porkbelly, but I left feeling inspired and even more aware of how important it is that we know what we are really eating. Read this flip-book about the history of Applegate. I kinda love it.

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mia_jack_markera literal “throw together” dinner

When I got home, I was ambushed at the door by one curly head girl and her 70 pound labradork of a dog that insisted we make pizza. Let me tell you; after nearly five days on the road the last thing I wanted to do was cook, but who could say no these two? Thankfully, there was a pack of Applegate Sunday Bacon (no joke–it’s always in my fridge), fresh Naan bread, and cheese. Fifteen minutes later pizza was on the table and I was still awesome in the eyes of a 4-year-old, something I am sure will end when she turns 16.

Simple to prep with just a few ingredients, this meal is a delicious crowd-pleaser. The combination of crisp salty bacon, fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and savory rosemary, makes this simple “pizza” a delectable meal.

 

Bacon, Tomato, and Rosemary Pizza serves 4

  •  4 slices Naan 
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes thinly sliced, organic if possible
  • 5 slices Applegate Sunday Bacon
  • salt and pepper

*note: This recipe can be made with pizza dough. Create the pizza as instructed, omitting the bacon. Bake in a preheated 500°F oven until the crust is golden, about 12 to 15 minutes. Add bacon to the pizza when finished.

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Preheat oven to 425°F. Place the naan on a baking sheet or pizza stone. Lightly brush the naan with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil per slice and sprinkle evenly with rosemary.

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Prep all toppings and crumble the bacon.

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Place cheese, tomatoes, and bacon on the naan and sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the cheese is melted.

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Slice and serve. Cheers!

 

 

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    Comments

  • Leighm


    Making this tomorrow!

  • Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig


    How..how…how did I not see you in Austin..wah!!! You are a super star Mom to walk in the door after that trip and make pizza…I was like, “Hey..watermelon anyone?”

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      I know! I can’t believed we missed each other, Cathy! Busy Busy!and don’t call me super star just yet, It’s not like I made my own dough like I usually do. More like hey let’s throw this on bread and eat it;) lol.

  • Mark


    Gorgeous! We’re making this tonight! I’ve never tried the Sunday bacon but found some this morning at the store. Ant wait. Thanks!

  • Kelly Roland


    These photos make me want to kiss you! Or just eat the pizza. I’ll do that;) yum!!!!

  • Ryleigh


    Never had their bacon before only hot dogs. Going to try it with this recipe. Thanks!

  • debbie


    You are hilarious! Love your writing, love that you are supporting Applegate, love your food, and love your photography! Hope we get to meet someday! Making this recipe as we speak!

  • Sophie jung


    i am salivating right now
    i should try this.. thanks for sharing recipe!

    xx

  • Megan


    You had me at bacon.

  • debbie


    I want this now! Never thought to add rosemary to pizza.

  • Diane Contini


    I love your site, your recipes which look great, and your humor. I will be stopping by frequently to see what you are up to. Diane

  • Pamela


    These little pizzas look perfect.. I need them in my life! Thanks!

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