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Friday, June 8, 2012

Bacon Sausage Pizza and Underdogs

The Dish: Bacon, Sausage, Jalapeno, Tomato and Spinach Pizza
The Tunes: Matthew Good Band - Underdogs
The Drink: Kokanee Glacier Fresh Beer

What started from a thought that I hadn't had pizza in a while turned into a good ol' Canadian themed night.  What better way to get into the Canadian spirit than a bacon pizza, kick-ass 90's Canadian alternative rock and then washing it all down with a delicious, yet generic and mass produced Canadian Lager!

Get this Album!
For those that know me, its likely you've heard my shameless promotion of Canadian music. For a country of this size, we have a remarkable quantity of great musicians and bands, putting out tons of great music.  Sometimes this gets discarded by nay-sayers and people that don't know any better and they blame the can-con rules for promoting crappy bands.  Well yes, cancon does promote crappy bands.  There is crappy music everywhere... But it helps a lot of really good ones too.  It would be all too easy for the Canadian media to take the American steam of music and just crank it out incurring no costs and just making mad CA$H.  Well we did this for decades and our poor Canadian artists had to move to the states or the UK to get noticed before making money and returning to the homeland.

So back to the topic; Matt Good and my pizza.  Underdogs is one of my favourite albums from back in the day.  It is one of those albums that is good from start to finish.  I hear Matt Good is a real asshole, but maybe that helps put out good music.  It's a throw back that reminds of my days in high school when Canadian Alt rock was almost all that came out of my stereo.

Dough Ingredients
Dough Roll to be cut into thirds
2 1/4 Tsp Dry Active Yeast
1 Cup Water
1 Tsp Sugar
2 Tlbs Salt
2 Tlbs Olive Oil
Fresh Rosemary
3 Cups Flour

This is a slightly modified recipe I grabbed from Tyler Florence from the Food network.  Mix the yeast, sugar and water together and let it sit for a few minutes until the yeast activates. Add salt and olive oil and chopped up Rosemary and then slowly mix in flour until the mixture comes together.  If after a few minutes its crumbly, add a little water.  If its too sticky, add a little flour. Once a good consistency is reached, cover on the counter and let rise for 1 hour.
During this hour it is a great time to get your toppings prepared, including cooking the sausage and bacon. 

Toppings, begging to be turned into a delicious Pizza!
4 strips Cooked Bacon
1 Cooked Sausage (I used Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage)
1 Tomato
1 Jalapeno
Every bit as tasty as it looks!

Cut the dough into three equal pieces and roll out each one in your pan until its the desired size.  Cover with tomato sauce, spinach, tomato and then the cheese.  Top with the Jalapenos, cut up bacon strips and sliced sausage.

Toss in the oven at 500F for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven.

Serve while wearing flannel, watching hockey and drinking beer greater than 4.5% alc./vol..
Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow, this might be a good idea!

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