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Shew! What a long name for such a great recipe. But how to shorten it?!? If you remove any of the title, you would remove such a key ingredient the reader would no longer have any idea of the true flavor palate or the recipe. So here it is… the whole long title….


Kale, Caramelized Red Onion, Bacon, Mushroom, and Blue Pizza 

The Crust:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups beer heated to 110 degrees F (I used my candy thermometer to make sure it wasn’t too hot)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Dashes of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

The Toppings:

  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 bunch of kale, ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 5 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 8 oz grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a glass measuring cup, warm in the microwave your favorite beer to 105 to 110 degrees. Pour in yeast, and let stand for 10 minutes to activate. In a greased large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, garlic, and hot pepper flakes. When proofed, add the liquid to the flour mix. Slowly work it in until it forms a ball. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Add more flour if the mix is too wet. Form into a ball and rub olive oil over the dough ball’s outer skin. Place back in the bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour.DSC_0172

Preheat the oven to 450 F and place a pizza stone (if you have one) inside.

In a skillet, saute the onions in the olive oil until softened and brown, about 20 minutes. Set aside and cool.

In the same skillet, fry the bacon until crispy. Drain and set aside to cool.

In the same skillet, saute the kale until slightly wilty. Add a few tablespoons of water and cover, if necessary.

In the same skillet, saute the mushrooms until the moisture has been rendered.DSC_0171

Sprinkle cornmeal on the heated stone. Carefully spread the dough onto the stone. Spoon pesto on to the dough and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the bacon, onions, mushrooms, and kale over the dough. Top with blue cheese and mozzarella. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly browning. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe loosely based on this recipe from Melting Pot.