Pizza. It always comes back to homemade pizza. A meteor could be racing towards earth, everyone could be in panicked crisis Armageddon mode, and my youngest son, Michael, and I will be in the kitchen thinking of the next great variation on our homemade pizza. This week’s variation is Greek pizza and it was a huge hit with the rest of the family.
This new recipe was a happy accident that involved, as it so often does, leftovers. We had a huge bowl of leftover Greek Salad. Greek Salad almost never holds up very well as leftovers so we knew we needed extra creativity. This pizza was actually Michael’s idea.
We started by turning the leftover Greek Salad into the pizza sauce. We put the following into a blender:
- about 4 c. leftover Greek Salad
- 1/2 c. toasted pine nuts
- 1/2 c. sundried tomatoes
We blended this until it was smooth and the texture of pizza sauce.
We made a batch of sourdough pizza crust and spread it out very, very thin.
We topped this amazing pizza with the following ingredients:
- 2/3 c. Greek Salad sauce, spread on the crust at about the thickness of regular pizza sauce
- 1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
- six slices of bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
- 1/3 – 1/2 c. crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/4 c. sundried tomatoes, chopped coarsely
Bake pizza on a preheated pizza stone in a preheated 450° oven until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crispy and golden brown.
We topped this pizza with very thinly sliced fresh tomatoes after it came out of the oven and this was just delicious. The thinner you can get the crust on this pizza, the better. I also think that adding artichoke hearts might be tasty. You can also keep this pizza vegetarian by eliminating the bacon. I will say, though, that the bacon adds just the right flavor to this pizza.
Now, if I didn’t have leftover Greek Salad on hand, I would make a sauce out of the ingredients IN that Greek Salad because it was THAT good. And now I’m thinking about leftover Caesar salad and what kind of sauce THAT might make…..
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