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.
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!
It is like a sea of melted cheese with tiny islands of spicy jalapeno heat!
Jalapeno Popper Pizza
A jalapeno popper inspired pizza with plenty of jalapenos, bacon and cheese on a jalapeno ranch sauce.
- 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
- Mix the cream cheese into the jalapeno ranch dressing.
- Roll the dough out into a circle roughly 12 inches across and spread the creamy jalapeno ranch dressing over it.
- Sprinkle the jalapeno peppers, bacon, and cheeses onto the pizza.
- Bake in a preheated 500F/260C oven until golden brown on top, about 5-10 minutes.
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