Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

I cannot believe it is already May! My school year is coming to an end, and with that, our second year of the Entrepreneurial Adventures program. My students have spent the last 6 months learning about what it takes to run and market a business and the importance of supporting local charities in the process.

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Last week we counted up our greeting card orders, and I am proud to say that we have made almost $750 to split between the Humane Society and the Alberta Cancer Society. Needless to say my students are over the moon about it all.

Our accounting group is preparing for our last sales push at the Bank of Montreal on Monday. They have been practicing their pitch and are planning to wow the employees with their professional dress. I am sure that it will be an experience they will remember for a long time.

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

A few weeks ago I bought some bacon for a recipe I never really got around to making. So last week, while I was meal planning, I was looking for a main dish that could star this delicious pork product so it wouldn’t go to waste. That is when I came across this intriguing pizza recipe. I love bacon and caramelized onions so I figured this was probably a safe bet. Really, I had no idea…

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

I started by making my dough. It is the same dough recipe that I use for my pizza rolls and calzones. I got it from my good friend Heather and it is a 5 minute, no fail dough recipe.

 

I rolled it out and put it on a greased cookie sheet and baked it for 10 minutes just to get the crust started.

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

You kind of have to make this pizza in stages. It’s not hard or even THAT time consuming…just lots of parts that need to be done before you can put the whole thing together.

I started with the bacon.

I cooked my 7 pieces of bacon in the microwave on a plate with paper towel. I know you can bake it in the oven and it turns out wonderful, but my oven was busy and I wanted the bacon cooked fast.

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Then I wilted my spinach (8 oz) in a pan with some olive oil (1 tbsp) and then removed that to a paper towel lined plate to let it drain off a bit.

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Next I moved on to the onions.

I cut up a whole red onion into slices and cooked them in the same pan I did my spinach with another tablespoon of olive oil and some salt and pepper. After about 10 minutes I added a teaspoon of sugar and kept cooking until they were nice and caramelized (about 5-10 minutes more). The original recipe says you can add some water to the pan to make sure they don’t burn, and I found I needed to add about 2 tablespoons of water during the cooking process. Finally I stirred in 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and cooked it just a minute or two longer.

Then I made the sauce. This is what makes this pizza…seriously I could eat this sauce on everything…it is so good.

I a small saucepan I added 2 tablespoons of butter and some garlic and let it melt together. Next I stirred in 2 tablespoons of flour and let that cook another minute or two. Then I whisked in 3/4 of a cup of milk and let it just come up to a boil (it will get a thick, sauce-like consistency at this point). I seasoned with salt and pepper before I spread it on the pizza.

After all those steps, it was finally time to assemble the actual pizza!

Sauce on the bottom.

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

A little cheese (it calls for mozza, but frankly, I just use whatever I have on hand)

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Bacon, onions and spinach

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

And a little more cheese.

I baked the whole thing for about 12 minutes and gave it a little broil at the end to brown up the cheese on top.

Spinach, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

The verdict- this is one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten! The garlic cream sauce is the star of this dish, so I am dreaming up ways I can use it in other things because of how good it is. I will make this again…often.

 

 

 

Kielbasa, Peppers and Onion Hash

My students are in fine form and we are only a week and a half into the school year. I have one boy who has bonded with me over food (we talk about cinnamon buns, cupcakes and ice cream flavors on a daily basis), I have many students who remind me how important it is to work first and play later (so responsible!) and I already have a bulletin board full of pictures. There was one particular one I wanted to share with you.

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Can you tell it’s me?

Uncanny isn’t it? Boy, I hope my hair does not really look like that…

I love my job.

Tonight’s dinner caught my eye as I was scrolling through Pinterest (as do most of the recipes I try out) and it just looked so good!

Kielbasa. Peppers and Onion Hash

I started by cutting up a small bag of baby red potatoes and throwing them into my cast iron skillet with some canola oil. rosemary salt and pepper. I let them cook and get nice and brown and crispy on the outside (in total it took about 15 minutes)

Kielbasa. Peppers and Onion Hash

In another deep dish frying pan I browned a whole ring of ham sausage (I decided on jalapeno ham sausage, but you could use garlic or even turkey sausage if you want) cut into small slices. When it was crispy on the outside I removed it from the pan.

Kielbasa. Peppers and Onion Hash

Next I added in a diced green pepper, orange pepper and half an onion. I let that cook down until it was soft and seasoned it with rosemary salt (just because) and pepper.

Kielbasa. Peppers and Onion Hash

I added the sausage and potatoes to the softened veggies and gave it a good stir.

Kielbasa. Peppers and Onion Hash

I drizzled mine with sriracha mayo (my new favorite condiment) and Andrew doused his with BBQ sauce.

Kielbasa. Peppers and Onion Hash

The Verdict- Delicious! Anything that gets crispy and caramelized always tastes good…this is no exception!