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Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Jalapeno Popper Pizza
It has been a while since I last made a pizza and the craving for one had been building up over the last while until finally I just had to make one. On top of my list of new pizzas to try was one inspired by the flavours of jalapeno poppers. Jalapeno poppers are jalapeno peppers that are stuffed with cheese, commonly cream cheese and cheddar, and either coated with bread crumbs and fried or wrapped in bacon and grilled. With those ingredients it is pretty easy to envision a pizza topped with cheddar, along with mozzarella, sliced jalapenos and bacon and that just left the cream cheese and the crispy bread crumb coating to work in.

Jalapeno Popper Pizza
As I often do when writing a recipe, I start out be searching the web for similar recipes and all of the recipes that I found for jalapeno popper pizza either called for spreading the cream cheese onto the pizza dough in place of a sauce or to simply sprinkle it on top along with the other cheese. Since I enjoy pizzas with sauces I was not really thrilled with either idea and I was thinking about something more along the lines of a mornay sauce with cream cheese or a ranch dressing with cream cheese mixed in. After thinking about it for a while I had an idea, why not take the opportunity to add even more flavour and jalapeno goodness to the sauce?, and with that the idea for a jalapeno ranch dressing was born!

With the cream cheese down that left only the crispy breadcrumb topping! Although I was thinking about simply topping the pizza with panko bread crumbs, I was a little worried that they would burn in the high temperatures before the pizza cooked so I left them out. In all honesty you will not miss the crispy bread crumb topping as this pizza is already really amazing without it! Serve with extra jalapeno ranch dressing for your dipping pleasure!

Jalapeno Popper Pizza
It is like a sea of melted cheese with tiny islands of spicy jalapeno heat!

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

A jalapeno popper inspired pizza with plenty of jalapenos, bacon and cheese on a jalapeno ranch sauce.

Servings: makes 1 large pizza

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
  • 5 tablespoon jalapeno ranch dressing
  • 1 pizza dough
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced **
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces and cooked
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar, shredded
Directions
  1. Mix the cream cheese into the jalapeno ranch dressing.
  2. Roll the dough out into a circle roughly 12 inches across and spread the creamy jalapeno ranch dressing over it.
  3. Sprinkle the jalapeno peppers, bacon, and cheeses onto the pizza.
  4. Bake in a preheated 500F oven until golden brown on top, about 5-10 minutes.

** Remove the seeds if you prefer less heat.

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27 comments:

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

GET. OUT.

This is genius.

Lea Ann (On the Ranch) said...

Love this idea! Pinned.

Sarah from 20something cupcakes said...

Well, well, well ... were we not JUST discussing the awesomeness that is your affection for jalapeno poppers? This looks incredible!

Lynda said...

This looks fantastic! I just had to comment.

monsterscircus said...

Wow, it sounds and looks hot! Very Nice idea! And spicy, I Can see that I don'tmhave enough jalapenos, going shopping s.a.p.! Have a wonderful day

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes said...

I love this idea! The jalapeno ranch dressing is genius :)

kathdedon said...

What a great idea for a pizza, Kevin! My husband, who finds pizza "boring", might like this one! ;)

Salvador Antonacci said...

I love Jalapeños,and with this idea wow I can imaging how good the pizza will taste,this week end it will be my afternoon dinner,wish me luck can't way. Tanks for this awesome Recipe.

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan said...

hells...YES!

Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

hhh I love poppers....the pizza looks great.

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

oh YUM! what a delicious looking pizza! gorgeous photos too!

Chen Lays said...

I like pizza

Joanne said...

I think all that time you spent not making pizza was actually a good thing because all those creative juices made this one uber amazing!

Kathleen Richardson said...

Kevin, this sounds like a winner. I'm sure my son-in-law and grandsons would love it!

Keep writing...

Rona said...

WHEN will they perfect food replicators?!!! I want a piece of this NOW!!!

mountain mama cooks said...

You can't go wrong when you add bacon and cream cheese. Ever. :)

Kate said...

LOVE IT....I have a similar recipe that we LOVE http://katiekateskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/10/jalapeno-popper-pizza.html

Sarah said...

Yum! I love jalapeno poppers. Now I can make a meal out of them without feeling quite as guilty. That jalapeno popper grilled cheese looks great too.

Jodi @garlicgirl said...

Oh, thanks for making me hungry again (I just ate lunch)! So delicious looking, and I love your photography.

Pizza Battersea said...

Just yummy !

anniebakes said...

This looks fanatastic as always, kevin, anne

Carole said...

Hey, great pizza. It would be great if you linked it in to Food on Friday Series which is all about pizza.

Sarah said...

Oh wow, that looks so good!!

love cooking said...

Wow…this is delicious. Thinking to add some tomatoes and mushroom for extra flavor and texture. :)

Olga M said...

I made this last night and it was delicious!

I couldn't find Jalapeno Ranch dressing- but I added chopped pickled Jalapenos to normal Ranch and it tasted great!

I'll be much braver with the amount of Jalapenos next time! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Steve @ the black peppercorn said...

now this is my kind of pizza. I could eat this whole one. Yep - I could and I would love every slice!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, awesome and awesome. We ALL loved it! I didn't use the seeds to keep the heat down for my family and it was not hot at all, just packed with flavor. I added pepperoni also and it was dynamo good. Can't wait until I make it again. This one goes in the regular recipe file. Thanks so much Kevin. YUM

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