Brussel sprouts get a bad rap. If you ask a panel of kids (or even adults) what vegetable they dislike the most it most likely will be the lowly brussel sprout. I am here to change your mind with an delicious, crispy, savory, cast iron roasted brussel sprout.
Paired with delicious bacon, creamy crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar for a touch of sweetness, this pizza is heaven on a plate. I even converted my brussel sprout hating husband!
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Roasted Brussel Sprout and Bacon Pizza
Serves 6 easily
adapted from Ina Garten Parties
2 packages yeast
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. honey
4 c. bread flour ( Ina uses all-purpose but I like the texture bread flour gives)
2 tsp. kosher salt
24 brussel sprouts
1 lb. good quality bacon
8 oz. crumbled goat cheese
aged balsamic vinegar
For crust: Place warm water, yeast, honey and olive oil in mixer with dough hook attachment. Mix until combined. Add flour and salt to mixture, mix on low until combined and then on medium -high for 15 minutes until dough is soft and pliable. Remove from dough hook, drizzle a small amount of olive oil in bowl and set dough in bowl to rise. Cover with kitchen towel and set to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Once risen, flour counter top and knead 15-20 times. Divide into 4 pieces and set aside.
Cut the stem off the bottom of the brussel sprouts, then cut in half lengthwise. Thinly slice each half. Place all sliced brussel sprout into a cast iron pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Place on a preheated 400 degree grill. Cook until caramelized on edges and soft. Once done remove from cast iron pan or it will burn from the residual heat.
While waiting for the brussel sprouts to cook place bacon a baking sheet into a preheated 375 degree oven, cook 12-14 minutes. Be careful bacon goes from cooked to burnt very easily!
Preheat oven to 500 degrees
Take one of the pizza dough pieces you set aside and gently stretch the dough edges in a circle until you reach the desired thickness.
Place on a baking sheet with a sprinkling of cornmeal ( this will keep the dough from sticking), drizzle with olive oil then top with roasted brussel sprouts, bacon and crumbled goat cheese. 2 pizzas will fit on a standard baking sheet. Rotate sheet pans 1/2 way through cooking for even browning. Bake 10-12 minutes until crust is a light golden brown.
Drizzle with an aged balsamic vinegar and serve!