It Begins with a Celebration!

15 Aug

What better way to start a new blog, then with a party? We are celebrating Jasper’s 4th birthday with a dinosaur theme, third year in a row!

This year we made a dinosaur dig cake for Jasper using the help from Family Fun.

For the food I decided to make this Brussels sprout bacon pizza for his party as well as the more kid friendly cheese and pepperoni pizzas.

The Brussels sprout bacon pizza is one of those combinations that may sound odd for pizza but it totally works, just as it does on its own or in a pasta. I think the secret is the balsamic vinegar. It mellows out the flavor of the Brussels sprouts. Oh, and the bacon! Don’t skimp on the bacon. I suppose turkey bacon would work, but, let’s face it, turkey bacon is just sad. And this is a party!

The pizzas come together rather easily. The hardest part was getting the dough to stretch in the pan without shrinking back. The best way to overcome this is to have patience, patience, patience! Just let the dough rest in the pan and try again. Since my dough was still a bit cold from the fridge, it wanted to shrink back. Once it warmed up it was much easier to get it to fill the pan.

Sliced shallots, brussel sprouts, and garlic get a coating of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Once the pizza dough is ready with a bit of Colby jack cheese layered on top, add the veggies and cooked crisped bacon pieces, slide in the oven and bake!

Brussel Sprout Bacon Pizza

slightly adapted from Shutterbean.com

dough from this cookbook by Pam Anderson

Makes 2 pizzas

One recipe pizza dough (use your favorite or try it with a premade pizza shell)

1 lb. brussel sprouts, shredded or sliced

3-4 shallots, sliced thin

2 garlic cloves, sliced

2 TBS balsamic vinegar and olive oil

salt and pepper

8 oz center cut bacon, crisp and cut into pieces

1-2 cups Colby jack cheese (use as much or as little as you like)

Preheat oven to 400*. Place sprouts, shallots, garlic in bowl with vinegar and oil, salt and pepper; toss so all veggies are coated evenly. Prepare pizza dough and stretch into a lightly greased pan. Sprinkle cheese on top of dough. Evenly distribute veggies between two pizzas, add bacon on top. Slide into oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
Sprouts and shallots will begin to look caramelized and crust will turn golden.

(Kanto)

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2 Responses to “It Begins with a Celebration!”

  1. Julie August 16, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    We were so blessed to be able to make it to the big 4th birthday celebration! Jasper was so much fun and the food was delicious! Thanks for having us. Love Nova Julie and Dave.

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