Candied Tomato and Candied Bacon Pizza and a Giveaway

This recipe is so over-the-top delicious it should be a sin. It’s homemade pizza dough with some spice thrown in for some extra kick. Then the pizza is topped with mounds of cheese, as any good pizza should be. The real kicker is in the toppings. I made candied tomatoes to put on top. Seriously, you can candy tomatoes. If that wasn’t enough pizazz for you, I also candied bacon for the final touch. This is one sinfully good pizza.

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I was thrilled when the California Tomato Farmers asked me if I’d like to work with them on a project. We use tons of tomatoes in our household. I’m such a pizza girl and a pasta girl so I knew coming up with a recipe for a sponsored post would be easy. If you are a regular reader, you know I am very picky when it comes to what companies I work with on my site. I have to completely believe in a product before I’m willing to commit to a contract. California Tomato Farmers is sponsoring this post and I quite honestly could not be happier to promote such a great quality product.

They sent me a truckload of tomatoes. I’m not going to lie, I had an initial moment of panic. I wondered what I would do with so many tomatoes. They were packaged to perfection in a huge cooler. The poor courier who delivered it could barely hold it long enough for me to sign. You do realize it wasn’t really a truckload, right? By now you must know I like to exaggerate. Could you imagine the courier trying to deliver an entire truck to my door? Is anyone else picturing a courier holding a truck over her head? No, just me then.

As I was unpacking the tomatoes, it hit me that I would need to be careful handling them. You see, I’m actually allergic to the plants, and for some reason touching raw tomatoes gives me hives. I tend to forget this fact until I actually break out in hives. You would think that would give me pause, but not at all. I love cooking with them so it’s a hurdle I overcome. I was very careful when handling them. I used all the tomatoes in various cooked forms as they don’t bother me at all once they are cooked. It makes absolutely no sense to me but let’s just say I’m seriously thankful I can include tomatoes in my diet. I could not survive without them. I use them in almost all my main course dishes in some way.

I have to tell you, I live in an area that is well-known for its tomatoes. So I have wicked high standards for them. The tomatoes from the California Tomato Farmers are exceptional. They not only met my standards, they surpassed them. I like a meaty tomato and California’s climate is perfect for developing that flavour. Warm days and cool nights are key to a meaty tomato, and a meaty tomato is key to a good dish.

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I knew I wanted to think outside the box for this post. If I’m working for a company like California Tomato Farmers, I want to make sure I go the extra mile. It’s important to me to make something a little different and push the dish from “great” to “off the hook.” I think any time you want a wow-factor in a dish, you need to do something a little over-the-top. My hubby wanted me to make pizza with tomatoes on top. I said, “dude, that’s boring.” In an effort to make him happy and still feed my need to blow the lid of the recipe, I decided candying the tomatoes was the right choice. Then it was an easy leap to include candied bacon as well. There’s nothing better than a candied topping on a pizza, except for a pizza with 2 candied toppings. Yup, I went there. You’re welcome!

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I cannot even begin to describe how good this pizza is. If you have never candied tomatoes before you need to try. Like immediately. The taste is incredible.

I would like to give a shout out to Jenni of Pastry Chef Online for suggesting candying the tomatoes. We were chatting via G+ Hangouts one day and I was telling her all about my Tomatogeddon (I dubbed my antics tomatogedden and posted photos on my FB wall while testing recipes) fun. I was having so much fun playing with recipes for this post. I knew I wanted to do a pizza with tomato and bacon. I had recently candied bacon so I knew I was going to include that on the pizza. Jenni told me you could candy tomatoes. I had no idea. So I took her advice and tried it out a few different ways. It’s amazing and for the first time in my life I can eat a slice of tomato without hives. Since they are cooked down so much I don’t get that weird reaction to the skins. Very cool indeed. Thanks to my amazing friend Jenni for the inspiration. You rock my world lady!

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To me, adding candied bacon as the accompaniment to the candied tomatoes was sheer perfection. They pair beautifully together and make an ideal topping solution for pizza. If you have never candied bacon before you really need to try it. It will change your life.

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Candied Tomato and Candied Bacon Pizza and a Giveaway
 
This recipe is so over-the-top delicious it should be a sin. It's homemade pizza dough with some spice thrown in for some extra kick. Then the pizza is topped with mounds of cheese, as any good pizza should be. The real kicker is in the toppings. I made candied tomatoes to put on top. Seriously, you can candy tomatoes. If that wasn't enough pizazz for you, I also candied bacon for the final touch. This is one sinfully good pizza.
Serves: 2 Pizzas
Ingredients
For the Candied Tomatoes:
  • 5 California Tomatoes, sliced into about 5 sections each
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
For the Candied Bacon:
  • ½ pound of bacon
  • ¼ cup sugar
For the Pizza:
  • 1 pizza dough, either store bought or homemade
  • ½ cup pizza sauce, either store bought or homemade
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, we prefer pizza mozzarella
Instructions
For the Candied Tomatoes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut tomatoes into slices. Each one should produce about 5 slices.
  4. Pour sugar into a medium sized bowl. Start with about ½ of what you need and add more as you go.
  5. Dunk the tomatoes in the sugar on both sides. Lay tomato on pan. Continue with all the tomatoes.
  6. Pop the cookie sheet in the oven and cook for about 45 to 60 minutes, then turn the tomatoes over. Continue to cook for about 15 to 30 minutes more. You want the tomatoes to start to caramelize and turn an amber colour.
  7. Remove and allow to cool a bit. Peel off the parchment and lay on a platter till you're ready for them.
For the Candied Bacon:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment.
  3. Pour sugar on a plate.
  4. Dunk both sides of the bacon in the sugar.
  5. Lay on the cookie sheet and continue till all the bacon is used. Try not to touch them on the cookie sheet. They are going to get sticky so a gap in between them would be good.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for about 8 to 12 minutes, or when the bacon is golden brown but still not completely crisp.
  7. Remove from oven. Allow to cool a bit then peel off the parchment and transfer to a plate.
For the pizza:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Spray 2 round pizza pans with non stick spray.
  3. Divide dough into two pieces.
  4. Roll one out on a flat surface with a little flour. Don't over-do the flour or you will end up with a cardboard type pizza. Not cool at all.
  5. Place the rolled out dough on the pizza pan. Now smooth out and press the dough into the edges. Prick the dough with a fork about 3 or 4 times.
  6. Spoon on half the pizza sauce and spread evenly.
  7. Toss on half the mozzarella.
  8. Top with tomatoes and bacon.
  9. Toss the pizza in the oven. Cook for about 8 to 12 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and bottom of pizza is crisp.
  10. Remove and slice
  11. Repeat all steps for the second pizza.
  12. Slice and serve while hot.
  13. Serve with a big old We Love Candied Tomatoes smile!
Notes
This recipe is a bit step heavy. You need to make the candied tomatoes and candied bacon ahead of time. So make sure you set aside at least 2½ hours if making this all in one day.

I make my own dough and you can find the recipe for my favourite dough on my Panzerotti Post. I also quite like my Killer Spicy Pizza Dough

I also make my own pizza sauce which you find on the site and it's called Sweetums Slow Cooker Pizza Sauce

It's totally okay to cheat on the dough and the sauce and buy it. This is a judge free zone. You can buy pizza dough just about any where nowadays. If you want a quick pizza sauce use pasta sauce and add a little sugar to it. That's what I do when I'm in a hurry.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: Depends how hungry you are!

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If you would like to learn more about the California Tomato Farmers, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter. They have so much information to share and you will learn so much more about tomatoes when you stop by to visit.

Today, I’m pleased to announce the California Tomato Farmers have offered to give away a serrated tomato knife and cutting board to one of my lucky readers. It could be you. All you need to do is leave a comment telling me the following: “What are some of your favourite recipes using tomatoes?”

Giveaway Rules:

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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents (excluding Quebec) age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 8/6/2013 – 8/31/2013

Be sure to visit the California Tomato Farmers Page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Easy peasy, people.

I hope you try this recipe for Candied Tomato and Bacon Pizza for yourselves. It’s a seriously over-the-top, decadent pizza. Just the way we like them here at the B household.

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Thank you to the California Tomato Farmers for this amazing opportunity. I had so much fun making recipes with all my tomatoes. There will be more tomato recipes hitting the blog soon using the rest of my California Tomatoes. I went a little crazy and Tomatogedden ensued. I did Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Marinara, Slow Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Penne with Vodka Blush Sauce, Tomato Tarts and Tomato Stacks. I’ve been a busy little bee lately.

Make sure you enter a comment to win. Thanks for reading.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post. The opinions in it are my own. I would never promote something I do not fully believe in, or use on a regular basis. 

Toodles and smoochies! xx

 

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Comments

  1. kesha says

    I love tomato pie, tomato sandwiches, tomatoes in vinegar, in salads ! I love to drink homemade tomato juice and I also love homemade salsa!

  2. says

    That pizza looks delicious! Hmmm my favourite way to use tomatoes is in a salad. Tomato and garlic salad is my favourite! Honestly, I’ll eat cherry tomatoes like candy, so good!

  3. says

    I candy bacon all the time (in fact I’m going to be writing about it soon) but I’ve never candied tomatoes – I gotta try that sometime. This is such a great looking pizza – very creative. And congrats on the California Tomato Farmers gig (thought I’d throw in another plug for them for you. 😉 That’s exciting new!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I got a tad carried away during tomatogeddon. So much fun. Ha, I look forward to seeing candied shoe on your site. xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, I know right. I really had so much fun with all my tomatoes. This was such a blast.

      I blame Jenni for putting the idea in my brain. She’s always inspiring me to think outside the box.

  4. Sandy says

    I make my own tomato sauce and sun dried tomatoes in olive oil when tomatoes are at their peak. It comes in handy during the winter months.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Good call on the sauce. That’s my fave thing to do with tomatoes too. And you’re most welcome. It’s my pleasure.

  5. says

    This is one beautiful pizza!! I’ve made candied bacon and I’m so addicted but I’ve never made or eaten candied tomatoes. I can’t wait to try them now! Genius. This pizza just looks crazy good and we make homemade pizza usually once a week. I now know what I’ll be making this week. Yum!!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Kate. I have to make sure I limit my candying as I tend to go nuts and eat way too much. I had so much fun with this. And we’re the same way, we eat pizza probably 2 or 3 days a week. It’s a bit crazy actually.

  6. Rita Reedy says

    I love fresh and cooked tomatoes, but the fresh usually win. I do a tomato, cucumber, onion salad that is more like dessert in my mind due to using Balsamic vinegar, basil and whatever else strikes my fancy on a given day. I use tons of tomatoes and tomato products, since I love pasta and spanish rice and all sorts of tomatoey goodness.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      That all sounds seriously yummy Rita. I like the idea of the dessert-ish salad. My hubs eats way more tomatoes than I do. I can barely keep up.

  7. WendyJ says

    It sounds simple, but some rustic bread, a smear of mayo, thick slices of tomato with a bit of s & p, and if I’m decadant a slice of cheddar, and I’m in tomato heaven.

  8. says

    CANDIED tomatoes??!?! I am the biggest tomato fiend (I literally just ate a carton of cherry tomatoes for dinner the other night…whoops) and I had NO IDEA you could candy them! You just revolutionized my life.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, I know right. I felt the same way when I found out. What’s cool about it is I can actually eat a tomato slice now. It’s a cool thing.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, I think they are getting sick of seeing me lately. Pretty bad when you know your delivery guys/gals by name. Your fave sounds awesome.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Oh dude you are such a tease. Way to make me hungry at 1:30 at night. Crazy girl. I want to hear more about this blt when you make it.

  9. says

    I love slicing tomatoes and just sprinkling them with salt and going to town. Also oven roasting for hours and turning them into sauce. Or or or tomato soup too. Oh, I just love tomatoes and will not turn down anything with them in it. Now I need to try your recipe!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      My mom love them sprinkled like that too. I hope you get to try this Susan. The candied tomatoes are amazing.

  10. Mandy Shannon says

    Love a giant juicy tomato with nothing more than a little sea salt and black pepper, eat it like an apple!

  11. says

    Thank you, thank you and thank you!! Candied bacon.. tomatoes and I also adore how you put that pizza on a cake stand. Duh… I am so doing that!! :) Looks amazing!!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, thanks lady. Mini-me picked up that stand for me in the states. She’s such a good little prop shopper. I love it for pizza. It’s a great stand for it. I’m now trying to find a pink one. And a blue one. And a…

      I’ll stop now. lol

  12. Susan Broughton says

    One of my favorite recipes is one my grandmother use to make me. It is simple if you like tomatoes. You cook a large can of tomatoes, put some cooked elbow macaroni in there then sweeten to taste thats it. delicious! elaineb1@ymail.com

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I know right. It was so cool to have them delivered. I wish I could just get truckloads of fruits and veggies trucked in all the time.

      I have wicked sensitive skin. One wrong rub against the wrong thing, or one touch of juice from a certain ingredient and it’s hiveapalooza here. My brother is worse, his skin actually puffs up huge even from small scratches and whatnot. Whole family has wicked weird skin issues.

  13. sarah k says

    Wow that looks delicious I’m definitely going to make that pizza. I never thought of candied tomatoes, they look like something that would taste good in salads and sandwiches also.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      It is so good. I hope you get a chance to try it. I bet they would be lovely in sandwiches. That sweet hit against a savoury meat would be amazing.

  14. Andrea Amy says

    Some of my favourite recipes using tomatoes…this is hard, because I love tomatoes. Stuffed tomatoes, omelettes, and of course bacon tomato sandwiches…i actually prefer tomatoes raw though and love them in with a pasta salad.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      My mom used to eat them like they were going out of style. She put them on everything. I have such great memories of her love of tomatoes. Her fave was the bacon tomato sandwich. Thanks for prompting that memory. I love how food can do that.

  15. Carrie H says

    Candied tomatoes! Brilliant! I LOOOOVE tomatoes and use them on just about everything I make (and I make lots of stuff!). Pizzas, sammies/burgers, casseroles, lettuce wraps, quesadillas, pasta sauces, sauces, apps, etc, etc, etc. Its my favorite fruit AND veggie. :)

    • Carrie H says

      I had to try this ASAP, but only had grape tomatoes on hand (too lazy to go to the store)…so…I cut them in half and they are candying in my table top oven. I also added some vanilla turbinado sugar to them to see what it would do…

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I think that’s what’s so cool about tomatoes, they are so versatile right. And you can feel like you’re getting both your fruit and veggie servings for the day, lol. I love that.

  16. Jeffrey says

    I love making spaghetti using tomatoes fresh off the vine with a small bit of herbs as to not mask the robust flavor of the red fruit.

  17. Mari says

    I like to make tomato watermelon sorbet, it sounds odd, but it’s a refreshing treat in the summer.
    runningmatey at Hotmail dot com

  18. Sheri B. says

    I’m not a huge tomato lover but I do love Indian food so my favorite way to use tomatoes is in butter chicken, nothing like it made from scratch at home!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I’m really hoping that was a typo and you meant okra. Cuz someone eating orka would make me very sad. xx

        • Kim Beaulieu says

          Ha, I figured as much. I tend to type so fast I make typos all the time. But that one made me spit out my pop. Thanks for the giggle. And kudos to you for liking okra, I can’t quite seem to cook it right. So I’ve never had good okra.

  19. Pauline Gudas says

    I love fresh tomatoes and what is better with tomatoes than bacon Yum Thanks for hosting this giveaway

  20. Angela Ash says

    One of my favorite things to do with fresh tomatoes is to top pizza with them but I wait until the pizza is cooked & then put them on.

  21. Lorrie Rodgers (pinklady705) says

    I like tomatoes in BLT’s and Taco Salad. Tomatoes seem to pair well with bacon and avocado.

    I have never heard of candied tomatoes or bacon…I may have to give it a whirl.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      They really do pair well with those. Love classic combos like that.

      You must. I’m a sugar girl, any chance to make something sweeter I’m going to take it.

  22. Rod says

    From throwing tomatoes as a kid to making sauces as an old man I have always generally like the things. Fun to grow in the garden right side up or upside down it’s seems I have delighted myself with tomatoes my whole life!

    That is until now that I have seen the recipe for the “Candied Tomato and Candied Bacon Pizza”! WOW! This opens a whole new world of delight for me!

    Thanks for sharing the great recipe!!!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I love that Rod. It’s so cool when food is connected to great memories.

      Thank you so much. It’s so indulgent but I just had to do it. I am a sucker for sweets.

      Thanks for visiting.

  23. Lisa V. says

    My favorite dish to make with tomatoes has to be one that goes with one of my favorite foods….bacon. A good old bacon and tomato sandwich…easy and tasty.

  24. Linda G. says

    I like to use fresh tomato in our tacos, in a toss salad, BLT’s, salsa, I love it in the summer when we get them fresh!

  25. Cathy Truman says

    I like fresh tomatoes from my garden in homemade salsa. I like to sliced a tomato put some sea salt
    on it and just eat it the best.

  26. Katherine Newton says

    I love roasted tomatoes in any pasta dish! I love regular spaghetti noodles with the roasted tomatoes the best..the textures compliment each other well.

  27. Lorena Keech says

    First, I love them raw with just a dusting of salt and pepper. And I can make a meal of tomatoes and cottage cheese. My favorite recipe is Mexican Chicken Soup, and even my hubby who doesn’t like chicken, will eat two bowls of this soup.

  28. says

    There’s really nothing better than a tomato sandwich – just fresh, ripe tomato and a little mayo on good white bread. But maybe I’d give it a try with candied tomatoes. Just for the fun of it.

  29. Tabathia B says

    I love tomatoes in a BLTwith mayo and I get my kids to eat them by adding them to salads

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  30. Betty C says

    Oh my, this looks so good! I have to try it. I love tomatoes just about any way you can prepare them. I especially love fresh tomatoes stuffed with tuna or chicken salad and BLT’s.

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