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Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Bacon Pizza

Yields1 Serving

Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Bacon Pizza

 1 pizza crust
 6 bacon slices, chopped
 10 oz fresh spinach
 2 cups onion, sliced
 1 pinch salt
 2 tsp honey
 1 tbsp butter
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 3 tbsp wheat flour
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 cup whole milk
 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1

To prepare toppings, cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Add spinach leaves to bacon fat in pan and sauté 2 minutes or until wilted. Remove spinach from pan and try to remove any excess liquid by pressing in a strainer or squeezing in a towel, if necessary. Add onions, a pinch of salt, and honey to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and caramelized, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cool.

2

To make sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add flour and pepper and cook, stirring with a whisk, for about 30 seconds. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly with the whisk. Cook for 5 minutes more or until thick and bubbly, still stirring constantly with the whisk.

3

Place pizza stone in oven (I highly recommend a pizza stone!) and preheat to 425°F about a half hour before you are ready to bake the pizza.

4

If using pizza dough instead of a prepared crust, roll dough out on a floured surface to desired shape. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to make a crust, if desired. (Optional: I like to prebake my crust for 3 minutes before adding the toppings.)

5

Spread milk mixture evenly over dough and top with cooked spinach and caramelized onion. Sprinkle evenly with bacon and cheese. Bake an additional 7 minutes (or 10 minutes total), until golden brown.

Notes:
6

If you are not using a pizza stone, you will want to heat the oven to 475°F, spread the dough onto an oiled baking sheet, and bake for much longer, probably around 20 minutes. But seriously, the pizza stone is well worth the investment!