There have been a few evenings over the last couple of months that I've gotten completely insatiable cravings for pizza, but we haven't had any of the typical ingredients, nor the desire to order a greasy heap of pepperoni from any of the 375289 chains in the area. No, I'm not actually a complete pizza snob... yet. Sometimes I still eat that giant pool of grease with reckless abandon and enjoy every second of it. But on the nights in question, I distinctly wanted something homemade.
Several years ago I went to this pizzaria in Wisconsin. I've also been to Japan. Somewhere in the amalgamation of those 2 places in my brain, I've grown pretty convinced that you can put anything on a pizza.
So, we rifled through our pantry and fridge and found the following:
pink lady apples
Pretty good for a kitchen devoid of tomato sauce. We also had enough staples to make a basic pizza dough, so we went for it.
I should stop here and admit that I have a bit of a crush on pancetta. Seriously. It's not quite as salty as proscuitto, but not as heavy as bacon. It has a big flavor for a small quantity. And it has a very high-class-culinary sounding name. Pancetta is all win, all the time.
But I digress. Here's the pizza pre-oven:
Just looking at it makes me want to make it all over again. Good thing I live in a state with lots of Apples.
Here's the finished product (which is a bit messier looking due to some user error involving the pizza peel):
And of course, the concise recipe since I know you're all going to want to make this yourselves tonight.
Seriously. Do it.
Apple - Pancetta Pizza
1 recipe of your favorite pizza crust
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh, chopped rosemary or to taste
1 cup goat cheese (feta also works well)
1/2 apple (pink lady is our preferred, but anything somewhat tart will do)
3-4 slices pancetta
Preheat your oven as high as it will go. Ours only gets to 525 degrees, which is pretty standard, but if you can get hotter, go for it. If you have a pizza stone, make sure that it's in the oven while it preheats.
Prep the pizza dough. Layer the ingredients beginning with the olive oil.
Once your oven is preheated, place the pizza directly on the pizza stone if you have one, or you may use a baking sheet. Cook until the crust is just beginning to be golden brown and/or until the pancetta starts to brown at the edges.
Cut and serve!