You lucky things! Neil Jewell has agreed to share his recipe for his utterly delectable BLT pizza – bacon purée included! Of course, you’ll need the best bacon in the universe to make it – don’t worry, it’s easy to get, here you go: www.baconofthemonth.co.za
Bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza
500 gram white bread flour
5 gram salt
5 gram fresh yeast
Water as needed
Dissolve the yeast in 125ml water; add a generous splash of olive oil. Then combine the salt & flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast, mixing well to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
Turn onto table and work well till the dough starts to pull away from table, stretching, twisting and turning.
Cover with cling film and allow to rest for 30-60 minutes. Once this time period is up portion into 120 gram balls. You can leave the balls to rest in the fridge till needed, or roll out to desired size.
300 gram bacon off-cuts
300 gram mirepoix (leek, celery, onion, garlic & carrot)
Cook the bacon, allowing to colour slightly, add the mirepiox and continue cooking allowing to colour. Cook down over a low heat, for about 60 minutes.
Remove from heat, cool slightly then puree in blender adding a small amount of iced water to emulsify.
1.2 kg water
1 kg peeled baby tomatoes
100 gram untreated salt
Large handful fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic
Bring the water and salt to the boil, dissolving the salt. Add the dill and garlic. Pour over the peeled baby tomatoes, cover bowl and allow to cool.
Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Allow to dry overnight in a low oven.
Heat your oven to 200 ºC. Then roll out your pizza base, to desired size, par bake in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. While this is happening, pre-cook half a packet of the best quality streaky bacon in a pan, till just slightly coloured.
Remove the base from the oven and smear with the bacon purée. Then top with a mixture of the prepared tomatoes, torn buffalo mozzarella, and streaky bacon, and return to oven to bake for further 4-6 minutes.
Once sizzling and bubbly, take the pizza out of the oven and top with shredded cos lettuce leaves tossed in a mustard dressing.