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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
- 5 California Tomatoes, sliced into about 5 sections each
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ pound of bacon
- ¼ cup sugar
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut tomatoes into slices. Each one should produce about 5 slices.
- Pour sugar into a medium sized bowl. Start with about ½ of what you need and add more as you go.
- Dunk the tomatoes in the sugar on both sides. Lay tomato on pan. Continue with all the tomatoes.
- 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.
- Remove and allow to cool a bit. Peel off the parchment and lay on a platter till you're ready for them.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment.
- Pour sugar on a plate.
- Dunk both sides of the bacon in the sugar.
- 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.
- Place in the oven and cook for about 8 to 12 minutes, or when the bacon is golden brown but still not completely crisp.
- Remove from oven. Allow to cool a bit then peel off the parchment and transfer to a plate.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Spray 2 round pizza pans with non stick spray.
- Divide dough into two pieces.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spoon on half the pizza sauce and spread evenly.
- Toss on half the mozzarella.
- Top with tomatoes and bacon.
- Toss the pizza in the oven. Cook for about 8 to 12 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and bottom of pizza is crisp.
- Remove and slice
- Repeat all steps for the second pizza.
- Slice and serve while hot.
- Serve with a big old We Love Candied Tomatoes smile!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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