When it comes to finger food then it is hard to beat a pizza, this rocket pesto pizza is very much a change form the norm. It is gloriously savoury and indulgent with a thick and voluminous crust!
Rocket Pesto Pizza with Goats Cheese and Bacon.
Like the second this pizza is not so classic, featuring a pesto base and topped with goats cheese and bacon. Again like the second I also favour cooking this on a BBQ.
Unlike both of my former pizzas this is a thick crust pizza.
You will note that there is no added salt in the toppings for this recipe.
Avoid adding any, we have plenty of salt between the parmesan cheese, bacon and goats cheese.
What’s The Difference Between Thick and Thin Crust Pizza?
Absolutely nothing other than the thickness of the crust.
However, that is not where the story ends. Typically pizza dough is allowed to rise then it is punched back.
Then it is formed into balls and then allowed to sit for a short while, this prevents the pizza form shrinking back when flattened.
This rocket pesto pizza has an additional proving after it has been flattened. It is only another 15 minutes or so but that is the secret to the fluffy crust you can see.
That and of course being cooked on a fierce heat.
Cooking Pizza on a BBQ.
I have added two cooking instructions for this recipe. One for cooking in the oven and the second for cooking on a BBQ.
However, Pizza is the real revelation, my guide to grilled pizza will tell you why in more detail.
But in short it is the searing heat, most domestic ovens will top out at 25o°C or 480°F.
With a good run, I can get my BBQ up to 350°C or 650°F, this means it behaves much more like a pizza oven or even tandoori oven!
- 50 g Rocket
- 25 g Pine Nuts
- 25 g Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 75 ml Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- 100 g Bacon
- 200 g Goats Cheese
For the Pizza Dough
- 300 g Plain Flour
- 75 g Semolina Flour
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
- 7 g Fast Acting Yeast
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 225 ml Water
- If you are making my pizza dough then the night before cooking bring together all of the ingredients and knead for 10 minutes.
- You can also do this in a stand mixer with a dough hook, just let it go until it is soft and elastic.
- Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth.
- Allow to rise over night.
- About 35 minutes before you are ready to cook knock back the pizza dough, divide into two balls.
- Cover with a cloth and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
- Throw the rocket, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and pine nuts into blender and roughly blend to form a pesto,
- Cut the bacon in to 2.5cm squares.
- Now form the pizza dough balls into pizza bases on a floured work top, use your hands for this.
- This is a thick crust pizza so you want something around 1cm thick.
- Cover and allow to sit for another 15 minutes.
- Top the two pizzas with the rocket, then goats cheese and finally the bacon.
- I like to transfer my pizza to some baking parchment.
To Cook on a BBQ:
- Fire up your BBQ and put in pizza steel or pizza stone.
- Open your vents and get the heat up to 300°-350°C or 575-650°F.
- Add the pizza close the lid and cook until it is puffed up and the bacon crisped.
- This should take around 5-6 minutes.
To Cook in an Oven:
- Heat your oven as hot as you can get it with a pizza steel or pizza stone. At a push you can use an upturned heavy based pan. This is typically around 250°C or 480°F.
- Add the pizza and cook until it is puffed up and the bacon crisped.
- This should take around 10-12 minutes.
Feel free to use any pizza dough recipe that you like, mine is an over night dough for flavour.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1743 Total Fat: 97g Saturated Fat: 30g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 62g Cholesterol: 106mg Sodium: 2126mg Carbohydrates: 153g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 5g Protein: 63g