A Tale of Two Pizzas

On our last trip to Trader Joe’s, we noticed a new product featured just inside the entrance; flatbread-like pizza crust, made, baked, and ready to be topped, popped into an oven or on the grill, and served.

So… as one does at Trader Joe’s, we bought a two pack, along with some of their jarred pizza sauce, and decided to give it a try.

I am now officially hooked! These were terrific on the grill, topped with basil from the garden (my front porch) and stuff…

Which gets us to the whole “two pizzas” bit.

See, one of the pizza pieces made more than enough for dinner; but the size and shape kinda made it hard for me to stash the second in the freezer for later use, so we had pizza two nights in a row.

I just switched things up a bit.

The first night, I kept things traditional, with pizza sauce, shredded cheese (Trader Joe’s blend of Parmesan, Asiago, Fontina, and Provolone – nice!), pepperoni, black olives, and some chopped fresh basil from the garden (my front porch).

Brush a bit of oil (I used avocado oil, but olive oil works a treat here, too) on both sides of the crust, then top and bake or grill according to the instructions on the back of the bag.

Note: Rich grilled ours, and we thought the grilling times given were off, so plan accordingly. Still a wicked tasty pizza!

The next night, that second piece of dough was nagging at me, and, much as we do love a pepperoni and black olive pizza, I thought I would try a little sumpin’ sumpin’ different; like…

A BBLT pizza!

Yeppers; bacon, basil, lettuce and tomato; with Medianoche Mayonnaise in place of tomato sauce.

Brush both sides of the dough with oil, then brush the top with the Medianoche Mayonnaise.

Note: Medianoche Mayonnaise is my take on a zippy Cuban-style spread. To make your own, combine one cup of mayonnaise with 1/4 cup of Italian dressing (try this blend) and one tablespoon of your fave hot sauce until well blended. Stash in a covered jar in the fridge until needed.

You’re gonna need it a lot, just saying.

OK, so, crust brushed will oil and Cuban mayonnaise, top with cooked and crumbled bacon, thinly sliced sweet onion, chopped fresh basil leaves, quartered grape tomatoes, and cheese – I used more of that tasty Trader Joe’s blend.

Pop into the oven or onto the grill and cook until done.

“Wait!” you say.

“Where’s the lettuce?” you ask.

Yeh. You do not want to go grilling shredded lettuce – though grilled Romaine is quite nice – just cut it in half, rub the cut side with olive oil and lemon juice, and grill.

So… Bacon, basil, and tomato pizza nicely grilled (or baked, baking works too), slice your pizza and serve with freshly shredded lettuce on top.

Mebbe my new favorite.

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