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The McJagger

When trying to title this post, I was having some difficulty. I didn't want to call it what it actually is, because what it actually is a Granny Smith Apple, Gorgonzola Cheese, Bacon Lardons, Toasted Walnut Pizza topped with honey...That name just wasn't going to work. Since I cooked the pizza in a cast iron and in my previous post about cast iron care I featured the Rolling Stone song "Satisfaction." I thought BINGO! I'll call it The McJagger! Because this pizza brought me satisfaction on so many levels. Enjoy :)

  • 8 oz. pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and herb infused EVOO*
  • 1/2 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup bacon lardons**
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Honey, for drizzling

Set oven rack to the highest position and turn broiler on.

Roll out pizza dough into a circle the same diameter as a 12" cast iron pan. Heat your cast iron pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and herb infused EVOO (or just use regular EVOO) to the pan, should shimmer if the pan is hot enough. Add the pizza dough to the pan and cook until gold brown on one side, about 5 min. 

Flip the crust over, while the other side is browning add the toppings. First the apple, then gorgonzola, walnuts and bacon lardons. Transfer pizza to oven and broil until the cheese has melted. If you feel like pizza dough needs to cook a little longer, remove pizza from cast iron, place it directly on the oven rack and turn the oven down to 350℉. Bake until cooked to desired doneness. Remove from oven, slice and drizzle with honey. 

*Garlic and Herb Infused EVOO can be substituted for regular EVOO
**Bacon Lardons can be substituted with regular crumbled bacon

Note: This recipe is just enough for a small 12" pizza (enough for 2 people). You can of course make this into a larger pizza on a regular pizza pan. 

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