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Candied Tomato and Candied Bacon Pizza

This recipe is so over the top delicious it should be a sin. It's a 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 the toppings. I 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.
Servings: 1 pizza

Ingredients

For the Pizza:

  • You can use store bought dough or make your own dough. I used my Killer Spicy Pizza Dough for this one.
  • You can use store bought pizza sauce or make your own. I used my Sweetums Slow Cooker Pizza Sauce for this one.
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese we like the pizza mozzarella and use it exclusively
  • Candied tomatoes instructions below
  • Candied Bacon instructions below

For the Candied Tomatoes:

For the Candied Bacon:

  • 1/2 pound of thick sliced bacon
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

For the Candied Tomatoes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  • Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Slice tomatoes and set aside.
  • Pour olive oil into a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle some of the brown sugar onto a plate, you want to add a little at a time and work in stages.
  • Now take your first slice of tomato and dunk it into the olive oil, get both sides coated.
  • Now take that same tomato and press both sides of it onto the place with brown sugar so it evenly coats the tomato.
  • Place the tomato on the cookie sheet and continue until all the tomatoes are coated. You should end up with about 20 slices which fits nicely onto a large cookie sheet.
  • Place in the oven and cook for about 1 hour, checking occasionally to make sure they don't over brown. How fast they cook will vary slightly on the thickness of your slices.
  • After 1 hour you can flip them over and cook them for another 30 minutes. I would suggest you start to check after the 15 minute mark to be sure you don't over brown them.
  • Once they are caramelized nicely take them out and allow them to cool.
  • If you are not using them that day you can refrigerate them till you need them.

For the Candied Bacon:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle sugar onto a plate, work in batches, adding more sugar as you go.
  • Take your bacon and put it directly onto the sugar on the plate. The moisture from the bacon will make the sugar stick. If your bacon is wicked dry you can add maple syrup. I usually don't need to.
  • Make sure you get both sides of the bacon coated then lay the strips on the parchment lined sheet.
  • Repeat with all the other strips of bacon.
  • Place in oven and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. Check often, bacon is one of those things that can cook differently depending on the brand.
  • Flip it over and continue to cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. You want it light golden brown as it's going on top of pizza and will cook more when it goes back in the oven on top of the pizza.
  • Remove and allow to cool, then remove from the parchment.
  • You can use right away or refrigerate till you need it.

Putting it all together:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Hand stretch your dough if you're able to do that. I prefer that over the flour method. If you can't hand stretch then roll out your dough on the counter.
  • Place it on a non stick sprayed pizza pan or you can use a pizza stone.
  • Prick the dough with a fork a few times.
  • Pour on your sauce. We like ours very saucy here.
  • Add your grated mozzarella. We use tons, you could half the amount if you like less cheese.
  • Top with candied tomatoes and candied bacon.
  • Place in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on how you like your pizza. If you like a crisp bottom you can put it on a lower rung in your oven. I use the middle and then sometime move mine down to the bottom for the last 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Remove and slice.
  • Serve with a big old I Love Candied Tomatoes and Bacon smile!

Notes

I used white sugar to candy this particular bacon. You can also use brown sugar. There's a recipe for Candied Bacon on my site using brown sugar.