Monday, August 20, 2012

Pesto Pizza with Red Grapes and Bacon Recipe

Grapes on pizza. Have you tried it yet?

I love fruit on pizza - pineapple, even mango - but I have to admit I wasn't sure about grapes. Aside from picking a bunch off the vine, warm from the summer sun, I'd never had hot grapes before.

Although, after seeing it on several food blogs, I figured there had to be something I was missing. And there was. I'm sold! I love the burst of sweet, juicy flavor from the grapes.

For this pizza, I used pesto as the sauce and cooked up some pastured pork bacon for a little extra smoky, salty flavor. Red onions worked great, both in flavor and color. I can see all kinds of cheeses working for this, but I used a basic whole milk mozzarella.

Pesto Pizza with Red Grapes and Bacon

Dough for a 14 inch pizza
1/4 cup basil pesto
1/2 red onion, sliced into rings
3 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
1 cup red grapes, halved
1/2 cup whole milk mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Roll the pizza dough out to 14 inches and place on a pizza pan. Spread the dough with pesto.

Top the dough with the onion, bacon and grapes. Top the pizza evenly with the cheese.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and browned. Serves 3-4.

Okay, I want to know - what's the most unique pizza topping you've had before? For me, it would be canned tuna. It was a pizza topping when we dined on rodizio pizza (kind of like a buffet brought to you) in Brazil. 



Emily in Chile said...

I surprised myself by really liking peaches on a pizza once. I think it worked for me because all of the toppings and sauce were different rather than it being a "normal" pizza with some fruit - Hawaiian pizza is SO not my thing!

Lori said...

Emily - Peaches, but no pineapple?! Ha! I get it thought. Fruit really does have to be done right. Now if it's dessert pizza, that's a whole different story.

TasteHongKong said...

I have to admit I was a bit hesitated when reading grapes on pizza, but it sounds nice to pair with with onion and bacon.

Joanne said...

I've heard good things about roasted grapes but have never tried them before...what better way than on pizza!

Andrea said...

Love the idea of grapes on pizza! Did they cook down at all and get chewy? Or did they stay soft and juicy?

Cathleen said...

I have never tried grapes on anything savory. I am very intrigued, I would love to try this!

lisa is cooking said...

The pesto and grapes sound great together! I've been wanting to make a grape focaccia but haven't done it yet. One of my favorite pizzas I've ever had was a very spicy seafood pizza with lots of crushed red pepper and no cheese.

Lori said...

TasteHongKong - I was as well. I was surprised at how good it tastes.

Joanne - I'm seeing them pop up everywhere it seems. I saw a sweet potato with them on Pinterest the other day!

Andrea - They stay firm and juice. They kind of pop in your mouth. Big fan now.

Cathleen - It seemed strange to me and I'm pretty adventurous. Ha, ha! It turned out great!

Lisa - Grape focaccia sounds so good! And so does that pizza you described!