Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Pizza

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Sometimes when I’m leaving town on a trip, I scatter little post-its around the house for Casey to find while I’m gone. I might also make something special as a little send off, so he can eat something and think of me while I’m away..

Last week I flew up to Seattle to join Joy on her Book Tour and an hour before I left for the airport, I pulled this Brussels Sprouts & Bacon pizza out of the oven. This is one of those special somethings.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

I figured I’d give him something delicious & hearty to eat while he was busy missing me. I think it worked.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

This pizza is ridiculously good. The Brussels sprouts get sweet, soft and semi crunchy while the bacon, cheddar, feta add a nice salty bite. You could totally put an egg on it and call it breakfast.  I should have used slices of this pizza as post-its.

And we’re off!

It all starts with DOUGH. There’s a little step by step in this post if you are looking for it.

And then we cook bacon.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

And then we gather our ingredients together.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Start slicing up the onions, b-sprouts & garlic.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Get your dough ready!

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Take the dough and stretch it out on your well oiled cookie sheet.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Have a 3 year old test the dough.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Cooper likes it. That means you will too.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Spread the cheeses on top.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Take the balsamic & vinegar and put it in a bowl. Add in your b-sprouts and toss evenly to coat.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Your pizza should look like this…filled with onions, garlic, sprouts & bacon.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Let’s look real close. You might wanna push some of the onions down. They could get burned.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

After some time in the oven it comes out like this!

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Take a little feta (as much as you’d like) and sprinkle on top.

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Make someone miss you with this pizza…

brussels sprouts bacon pizza

Or make them happy that you’re home.

Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Pizza

Makes enough for 4-6 servings

(recipe for dough from My Bread, by Jim Lahey & additions inspired by Bon Appetit)

  • homemade or store bought pizza dough (I used half of this recipe)
  • 3 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup aged white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 5-6 large Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 500F.

In a medium skillet, cook bacon over medium high heat for 2-4 minutes. Set aside on a paper towel to drain.

Oil a 13×18 inch rimmed baking sheet liberally with good extra virgin olive oil. Then gently plop the dough on the pan and stretch and press it out to the edges. If it springs back wait five minutes and then proceed. The dough is very thin. If it tears, piece it back together.

In a small bowl, add the tablespoon of olive oil with the balsamic vinegar and toss Brussels sprouts in to coat.

Evenly top the pizza dough with cheeses, bacon, garlic, red onion, and Brussels sprouts. Add a heavy pinch of red pepper flakes, salt & pepper. Put the pizza in the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes. To serve, top with crumbled feta cheese and slice up!

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  • March 21, 2012

    LURVE this idea!

  • March 21, 2012

    this looks like the best pizza ever

  • March 21, 2012

    Yum! Pizza is my favorite.

  • No tomato sauce pizza is my favorite!! Looks fantastic!! Very nice combination of ingredients!

  • March 21, 2012

    i’m seriously dying over here…this is the best looking pizza i’ve seen in a looooooong time!

  • March 21, 2012

    MOMMY.

    • March 21, 2012

      I’ll be in the corner huddled in the fetal position eating a slice if you need me…

  • March 21, 2012

    OMG OMG – so jealous – can’t eat this in our house – got confirmation of this news at the endocrinologist this morning as well. BOO HOO – because I could bake this like NOBODY’S BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kate
    March 21, 2012

    I know what we’ll be having for dinner tonight!

  • March 21, 2012

    weird. i made a bacon and ‘sprouts pizza last night! i was house-sitting in Redwood City (what I like to call a “suburban retreat”) and made it using whole foods dough, which i must say is pretty tasty when you can’t make your own!

    I used gruyere cheese since that’s what I brought with from home and it was mad-tasty.

    • March 21, 2012

      ahhh suburban retreat!!! That’s exactly what it is! We’re totally on the same wave length! I was at Whole Foods in RWC yesterday!

  • March 21, 2012

    Should these be followed with an oatmeal bacon cookie? :) Love when the little one is in the food photos. Cuuutie!

    • March 21, 2012

      Bacon party! You are a good thinker, you!

  • March 21, 2012

    I’ve been having a love-affair with brussels sprouts for about a year now—can’t wait to try this!

    • March 21, 2012

      I bet you’ll love them even more (if that’s even possible) after you eat this!

  • March 21, 2012

    I am crazy over brussels sprouts and pizza is a staple in our house, so there is only one thing left for me to do…make this recipe!

    Thanks for sharing Tracy! You always have the best recipes and photos.

    • March 21, 2012

      Wow! Thank you so much for that Kate. I hope you love it.

  • March 21, 2012

    Yep, totally want to eat this, make this, love this.

    • March 21, 2012

      It’s right up your alley! I bet the hubs would love it!

  • March 21, 2012

    Ohh ya! What a great combo!! I can’t wait to try this and the dough recipe! I made Jamie Oliver’s dough recipe last time and it didn’t turn out very well, probably because I suck at kneading! hahaha

    • March 21, 2012

      Then you will DEFINITELY love this one. No fuss whatsoever!

  • March 21, 2012

    It’s freaking me out a little that I just made a Brussels sprouts and bacon pizza last week for us. I thought I was SO original. haha – I must have seen it in bon appetite? Crazy how the brain works.

    • March 21, 2012

      yes! That’s where I got the nudge.

  • March 21, 2012

    I would never have thought of brussel sprouts on a pizza! Am wondering if I can trick the husband into thinking it is something else though and surprise him after he likes it…

    • March 21, 2012

      Try it! They aren’t TOOO dominant. If he likes bacon, I’m pretty sure he won’t notice ;)

  • March 21, 2012

    I am right there with Cooper and eating dough; BRING IT ON!!! I was just spying some Brussels in the fridge today, and thought they would be great on a pizza w/spicy peppers! Now I am intrigued to follow your lead. ;)

  • Oh my goodness. I think I need this pizza in my life ASAP. What a fun twist on a pizza!

  • March 21, 2012

    i LOVE brussels sprouts on pizza. The best I ever had was in Brooklyn at Motorino in Williamsburg. So freakin’ good – only to be slightly outdone by their broccoli raab pizza. You should try it if you haven’t! How could I not love your pizza? So good. And bacon. Good gosh yes.

  • PerBer
    March 21, 2012

    love this!!! looks delicous.. my husband loves brussel sprouts so I will have to make this soon ! thanks for the great recipe.

  • Sherlonya
    March 21, 2012

    Making this right now. *drool*

  • March 21, 2012

    This looks awesome. We are doing pizza for Easter this year, I will have to add this to the long list of flavor combos my daughter came up with, to be whittled down closer to Easter. I’m loving your love of bacon!

  • March 22, 2012

    I bough Brussel sprouts this week secrectly hoping you would post this recipe, shall totally make this weekend

  • March 22, 2012

    Oh, I love sprouts when they’re roasted but never thought of roasting them on top of a pizza!

  • March 22, 2012

    I fell in love with Brussels sprouts this winter and I’ve been dying to make Brussels sprouts pizza since I saw one in last month’s Bon Appetit! Mega yum!

  • PerBer
    March 22, 2012

    OK, so I made this pizza and it was delicious!!!! I tried to be a little healthy and used a cup of whole wheat flour as a sub for 1 of the cups of bread flour.. I had a little bit of a hard time spreading the dough to fit the entire pan.. but it still was a great success! Will be eating leftovers for breakfast maybe with an egg on top.

  • March 22, 2012

    This looks so yummy, and I’m not usually the biggest fan of Brussels sprouts!

  • March 22, 2012

    Pizza is not really bad for you because it has grain,cheese and tomato sauce. these are normal healthy things but depends what kind of pizza it is. I like pizza wandsworth

  • March 23, 2012

    Oh my goodness, you are a genious! Brussel Sprouts and bacon are a fabulous combination, add pizza dough and cheese and you could convert any brussel sprout hater into a lover. Bravo Tracy, Bravo. :0)

  • March 25, 2012

    Oh so good, i knew it would be a winner as bacon and brussel sprouts are a good coversation bur husband was a doubter but was converted on tasting.

  • Christine
    March 25, 2012

    Whoa! I just made this and it was fantastic!!! Thanks Tracy :)

  • March 26, 2012

    MAHALO NUI LOA!! for this recipe … specifically the dough recipe. i’ve always been hesitant to try to make my own pizza crust … okay, intimidated is more like it. but this pizza dough with a huge variety of toppings managed to satisfy 3 teenager, 1 6-year-old and 4 mamas last night before a major night of bowling (somehow, the kids beat the mamas. must have been the yummy pizza that fueled them up!). i’ve already had requests for more homemade pizza this week! YAY!! thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • March 26, 2012

      Fantastic!!!! Now you see why I only use this crust ;)

      • March 26, 2012

        i’m a convert! as is my family!! =) my wife is already planning what to put on the next round of pizzas … and it is perfect for 10 4-inch individual pizzas (per batch) as well!

  • March 27, 2012

    Oh yum. I thought I was being creative making a salad out of Brussels sprouts, but, pizza? I’m outdone…

  • OK, I am totally going to make this. I love brussels sprouts and bacon and pizza, so it’s a win-win-win. xo

  • April 5, 2012

    Totally made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! Let’s be real, I’ll probably make it again this weekend.

  • May 16, 2012

    This Pizza looks gorgeous! We love finding new ways to top our pies. Cheers :)

  • June 13, 2012

    Made this last week and absolutely loved it! Apparently adding bacon is a great way to try new vegetables. :) Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  • Deirdre
    August 20, 2012

    I made this pizza last night. I forgot some things… like the feta and cheddar! Oh well. I’m sure it’ll be better with them but it was amazing anyway. I don’t make pizza on a regular basis so I used Trader Joe’s dough. Everyone went crazy. I’m definitely making it again. Maybe tonight.

  • marjorie
    October 6, 2012

    Very delicious – thanks, but just a little note – the printable version doesn’t include the onion.

    • Tracy
      October 7, 2012

      oh no!!! thank you for catching that. i really appreciate it.

  • November 3, 2012

    Put this on our menu plan this week and had it last night for dinner. It was freaking amazing! It is totally going in the rotation!!

    Thanks for posting!

    • Tracy
      November 3, 2012

      HOORAY!!! It’s a good one for sure. I’m so glad you liked it.

  • Chris Floyd
    June 8, 2013

    If you like the unique concept of this pizza, I strongly encourage you to buy Jim Lahey’s book “My Pizza”. He includes his crust recipe which is super-easy (no-knead!) and is *incredible*. You’ll make the best tasting pizza you could imagine – and you’ll blow away any local pizza joints, even top notch neapolitan ones, as longs as you have a good pizza stone and pizza peel. The recipe here is lifted form his book. Book parts (1): The easy & magic dough and sauce (basically squish some san marzano tomatoes by hand) recipes; part (2) tomato sauce based recipes [traditional staples (neapolitan) and some very unique creations] part (3) white (béchamel) sauce based recipes [Leek and sausage pie, cauliflower pie, corn & cherry tomato pie, broccoli rabe pie]; part (4) NO SAUCE recipes: birds nest [shaved asparagus, quail egg, taleggio cheese], his ‘Popeye’ pie [gruyere, mozz, spinach, olive oil, ..], squash w/ pumpkin seeds pie, poached artichokes pie, etc.. ; part( 5) toppings to get more freaky with and even a ‘bonus’ section part (6) Toasts, soups, and salads that perfectly compliment this master baker/chef’s pie creations… A MUST HAVE for any creative pizza lover. The only hard part is deciding which to make – You will want to make EVERY ONE of these pies at once.

  • Sara
    August 22, 2013

    This was delicious! I used pre-shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s and diced pancetta. Easy and tasty. Thanks for the idea (found you via Pinterest).

  • November 17, 2013

    Made this tonight with some fresh parsley thrown on just before serving. LOVED IT!

  • February 10, 2014

    Wow, this was the best pizza ever, seriously. I added goat cheese instead of feta and it was amazing. I featured your recipe in my latest weekly meal plan on my blog, thank you! I look forward to trying out more of your recipes soon, they all look so good!

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