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I have spoken before of my woes with pizza crust. Sometimes I’m good at it, other times, not so much. So when I was at Baking with Betty a few weeks back and I saw a pizza crust make from Bisquick, I was definitely intrigued.

I didn’t try this recipe while I was there. This station was actually the last station I was at, and my that time, I had eaten so much that I didn’t want to eat another bite. But this pizza intrigued me and looked so tasty, I knew it would be one that I would make when I got home. And now is the perfect time, because the tomatoes are so perfectly ripe and delicious right now. I know this is one recipe that won’t be very good a few months from now when all you can find are tasteless grocery store tomatoes.

The Bisquick crust was interesting. It’s definitely not your typical pizza crust, but it was still delicious. I wasn’t able to pick up the slice like a normal slice of pizza, but I had to eat it with a fork. Regardless of the fact that it was different from “normal” pizza, this is definitely something I would try again. It’s super easy, and much faster than making pizza dough. And the combination of the pesto, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella – pure deliciousness!

Caprese Pizza with Crispy Bacon
from Betty Crocker

serves 8

total time: 40 minutes

1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/3 cup hot water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup basil pesto (store bought, or make your own. I use this recipe.)
3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 oz. sliced bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled, or 2 oz. diced pancetta, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Heat oven to 350F. Spray a round pizza pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with the cornmeal.

In a medium bowl, combine the Bisquick, Italian seasonings, hot water and oil and mix until a soft dough forms. Place on a surface lightly sprinkled with more Bisquick mix and knead until smooth. Press the dough into the pizza pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Spread the pesto over the warm dough. Arrange the tomatoes and mozzarella in a circle on top of the pesto, overlapping tomato and cheese slices. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from oven.

Sprinkle with additional basil and the bacon. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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13 Responses to Caprese Pizza with Crispy Bacon

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I've been wanting to make a pesto pizza!!! This looks great!

  2. Jennifurla says:

    I love the idea of the crust, this is a must try

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A lovely pizza! I love pesto anywhere and that crust is interesting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. Joanne says:

    I'm intrigued! I have a box of bisquick sitting here that I bought for a mass pancake cooking school event and that I never intended to use again. But now this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Cassie says:

    This looks SO good!

  6. Abby says:

    I've had something similar, maybe with cornmeal in the crust? Like you say it's interesting and good, just different!

  7. Monet says:

    What an interesting idea! I love making homemade pizza crust…but I've surely had my share of challenges with finding that perfect crust. This looks like a simple and delicious way to make pizza magic happen!

  8. Barbara says:

    I'm so glad you tried the bisquick crust, Deborah. And that it was better than you expected. You've used some great toppings; after my experience with crunchy proscuitto with my gnudi, I might try that instead of bacon.

  9. Celeste says:

    Great idea using Bisquick! I was planning on a BBQ chicken pizza this week and I may just abandon my pizza crust recipe to give this a try!

  10. kat says:

    It took us forever to find a pizza crust we liked but once we did there was no changing. Bisquick must give the crust an really different flavor.

  11. grace says:

    bisquick crust, eh? it looks nice and crispy, which is how i like my crust (and my bacon–bravo!). great post, deborah.

  12. Sophia says:

    I've seen so many recipes lately for pizzas! So far, I think yours must be the best! The other one I really like is Mexican Pizza. What do you think? Thanks again for sharing this delicious pizza recipe!

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