BLTizza

by Andie Mitchell on April 13, 2011

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Meet the BLTizza

Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and izza.

She’s awfully purdy.

 

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On Sunday when I asked Daniel what I should make for lunch, he kissed me sweetly, told me to choose, but reminded me that he “doesn’t love BLTs" like I do. I smiled and told him, “oh, thank you for reminding me!”

And made a BLT pizza instead.

I hear compromise is the foundation of a loving relationship. I absolutely intend to try that someday.

 

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Until then…

Applewood smoked bacon and crumbled feta cheese with greens, tomato, and red onion, all tossed in a sweet and salty maple-bacon vinaigrette. The play of flavors is just so lovable. Tangy tags salty and sweet catches smoky. Feel free to use pizza dough here, but I highly recommend using fresh flatbreads from the deli or bakery section of your local market. Just char them slightly under your broiler and pile them high with bacon salad.

 

BLTizza

makes 2

4 cups mixed baby greens

1 small tomato, diced

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

4 slices bacon, pan fried, drippings reserved for dressing

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup maple bacon vinaigrette (recipe below)

2, 8” flatbreads

Gently toss the greens, tomato, onion, crumbled bacon, and feta cheese with the vinaigrette in a large bowl. Set aside. Broil the flatbreads for about 2 minutes per side, just until charred and crispy. Divide the salad mixture among the two warm flatbreads, slice with a long chef’s knife, and serve immediately.

Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons bacon drippings

1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Whisk all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days. You will only use 1/4 cup of dressing for the BLTizza.

Nutrition info for 1 BLTizza: Calories: 489.3, Fat: 34.3g, Cholesterol: 25.8mg, Carb: 32.2g, Fiber: 1.8g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 14.2g

Nutrition info for 2 tablespoons vinaigrette: Calories: 115.6, Fat: 11.3g, Carb: 4.1g, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugars: 3.6g, Protein: 0.1g

{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellie April 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I’m not a huge fan of bacon but this looks delicious!!! a little bacon is pretty good. It’s so purdy too–you’re right! ;)

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snackgirlgoeshealthy April 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I LOVE pizza! I LOVE bacon! And I LOVE BLT’s!

Obviously I should start making this right about now!

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whatsaysyou April 14, 2011 at 1:26 am

This looks good to eat :)

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beyondbananas April 14, 2011 at 2:33 am

Wow.. that looks awesome! Aren’t dishes always so much better when they are pretty too!?

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Helena April 14, 2011 at 2:39 am

I’ve only been reading your blog for, like, a week, but I already love it so much. All the beautifully photographed and colourful vegetables and your funny writing… Awesome!

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Lisa @ I'm an Okie April 14, 2011 at 3:25 am

She IS awfully pretty :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 14, 2011 at 3:52 am

This looks delicious but that vinaigrette is genius!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 14, 2011 at 3:55 am

haha love the name!

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 14, 2011 at 4:00 am

I’ve actually made something similar to this. SO GOOD.

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johnny April 14, 2011 at 4:02 am

I love everything about it! I’m drooling all over my keyboard! :)

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haya April 14, 2011 at 4:30 am

ahhhhhh this looks delicious. though maybe i’d skip the onions.
you had me at maple bacon. i’ve been diligently filtering and saving my bacon drippings to use for something really tasty. i think this might be it.

on another note, a quick look at my google reader and i’m fairly certain you win for the most starred entries.

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 14, 2011 at 7:10 am

Thank you Haya!! Let’s meet for pizza again in Chicago someday :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 14, 2011 at 4:30 am

Okay I am totally going to make that with eggplant bacon. Looks delicious!

There is no such thing as compromise – just remember that. :)

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Riss April 14, 2011 at 4:31 am

Mmmm That looks so clean and fresh! I think you need to throw a few avocado slices on there, too!

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Stephanie @cookinfanatic April 14, 2011 at 4:55 am

Ummm did someone say “maple bacon vinaigrette”??? Mouth.Watering. This looks amazing!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 14, 2011 at 5:10 am

Oooh, such a great idea!! I love BLTs!! And compromise is overrated. lol

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 14, 2011 at 5:19 am

Wow, what a creative (and delicious) recipe!! I’d go for the fresh flatbreads as well instead of the crust. Great idea Andrea!

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Jessica April 14, 2011 at 5:32 am

get. in. my. belly.

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goodtastehealthyme April 14, 2011 at 5:40 am

I’m pretty sure I star every single one of your posts in my reader as recipes to try. :)

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Fervent Foodie April 14, 2011 at 6:07 am

Who doesn’t LOVE BLT’s? That’s just criminal!

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paul jennette April 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

This dish is perfect!! I love that you used flat bread, the extra crunch had to be divine! Maybe add a little avocado for the ride? I’m not sure if that would play well with the feta. Have a great weekend- Paulie

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MelissaNibbles April 14, 2011 at 6:49 am

She’s simply stunning.

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Claire @ Live & Love to Eat April 14, 2011 at 7:02 am

Beautiful!

Is it okay as a vegetarian to say that I miss bacon?

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brandi@BranAppetit April 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

this is such a great idea. I especially love the maple dressing. my mother in law makes one that is AMAZING. And anything with bacon drippings is a-okay in our household :)

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Beth April 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

You take such gorgeous photos on top of make delicious looking recipes. Daniel is a lucky guy!

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Clarissa @ Sober and the City April 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

Ummm THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! I love bacon in just about everything – a usual suspect in my salads these days. Daniel is a lucky man!

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kathy April 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

Ok this is a recipe I am making tomorrow.. I just showed my daughter and she gave it a big thumbs UP… I have to tell you since reading your blog,, I find myself excited each morning looking for another recipe. And I have tried many, many of them. Plus I have to share that each morning I am now looking forward to oatmeal, peanut butter, with a big old banana on top…. Way to go. I have the fluff in the house too.. I eat that by the spoonfuls, which is not to healthy, but does wonders for my sweet tooth… thanks again Andrea…. I really do love your site. :)

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

Kathy, your note made me smile, smile, smile. Thank you so very much :)

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thetwentyfifthyear April 14, 2011 at 7:47 am

Is there anything better than feta and tomato?

I’m going to go with no. Love the creativity!

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Kelly April 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

This is awesome!!

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Tina @My Life as a Mrs April 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

YUM. Daniel and my husband can go have lunch together next time… I’d totally come eat this with you! Looks positively delicious. :)

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

This reminds that I have not had a BLT nor a pizza in a long time – and that I should make this recipe soon!

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AndreaSomething April 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

anything with bacon is an automatic win! looks delicious!

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Kelli April 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

Uh, YUM!

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The Chocolate Covered Kitchen April 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

I think I’ll try this one on my newly-vegetarian daughter, subbing garbanzos for the bacon. Looks tasty, as always!

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Anna April 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

feta + tomato + IZZA!?!? The perfect threesome.

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Anne - Cooking through California April 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

A work of art, for sure! I’m bookmarking this for when tomatoes are at their peak…if I can last that long, anyway.

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nestra April 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I just started following so this comment is in response to something you said like 10 posts ago about hating cold sheets – The Vermont Company Store has this fantastic bed warmer that you put under your sheets and warms your bed up. Plus it has dual controls so your side can be a different temp from the other side.

Worth a million but probably much cheaper!

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Jesse April 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

delicious combination of flavors. this would be great as just a salad too:) i can’t wait to try that maple vinaigrette.

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fittingbackin April 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I LOVE the name of this – and it looks awesome. I’m completely going to try this – thanks for posting another great recipe!

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Claire April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Ahhhh this looks so so good. and also really easy to make!!
Acccttuallly, I was wondering. I’m heading off to university next year and I will be in a shared flat, so I will have access to a kitchen. I REALLY do not want to be spending money on food and eating out often… I know that if my meals start to get boring I will end up just buying already made food. Could you possibly do a post on meal planning while at college? I find that a lot of recipes are for at least two or four servings… and since I will have a shared kitchen I dont know how much room I will have for freezing extras. But I really want to have healthy, satisfying yummy meals.
anyway I’m not going until september… so if you do decide to do some sort of post dont worry about doing it anytime soon!!
thanks!!
Claire

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Lisa @ Thrive Style April 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

This is absolutely beautiful and looks delish!

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Nelly Rodriguez April 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

yum, maple bacon vinaigrette!? must make now!

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Autumn @ Good Eats Girl April 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

What a fantastic idea! And it’s such a pretty pizza!

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Alexa @ SimpleEats April 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

You had me at maple bacon vinaigrette. I’m dying over how good this looks!

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Bee April 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

When I was working at FamilyFun they were developing a BLT Pizza recipe. During recipe development, the test kitchen will send up the recipes to be sampled and rated. Then they’ll make a few for pictures, and we got to eat those too! I’m not sure what issue it ran in, maybe March?, but the pizza was one of my favorite things that came from that kitchen.

Also I like how you use your leftovers! As with the won ton wraps before and now the flatbread. I tend to let things go to waste far too often because I run out of original ways to use them.

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 15, 2011 at 7:05 am

I’m loving the flatbreads :) And yes, we can kindly call obsession “a good use of leftovers.” I like how you think :)

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I will eat anything with feta cheese on it :)

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Michelle Arndt April 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I can’t wait to try this! I had just decided to have a salad night once a week for dinner now that the weather is finally getting warmer. This would definitely count as a salad and this will be on next week’s menu! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Thanks Michelle! Enjoy!!

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Michelle Arndt April 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Just finished dinner and it was a huge hit! I can’t even tell you how much I loved it! Even better, ALL my kids ate it (folded theirs up like a sandwich with the salad inside). They are 7, 5 and 3 so that is huge! The only change was that 2 of them chose ranch dressing over the maple vinagrette and I didn’t put onions on theirs. I can’t wait to make this over the summer with lettuce and tomatoes from our garden! :)

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

YES! So glad to hear it, Michelle!

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Rachel Wilkerson April 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I love BLTs…and pizza…this is like a dream come true.

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Rachel :)

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pixelatedcrumb April 20, 2011 at 6:40 am

She is awfully purdy!

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 20, 2011 at 7:22 am

Thank you :)

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Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls April 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

This looks sooooooooooo good! I can’t wait to try it out!

Great blog!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

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fittingbackin May 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I’m making this tonight – can’t WAIT! Going to try it on naan – yum!

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Terin May 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Made it tonight…both myself and the BF loved it..thanks for sharing and keep’em coming :)

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