November 4, 2014

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

Today on the internet, a bunch of us food bloggers are having a virtual Baby Shower for Jessica of How Sweet It Is.

So…. that means FOOD FOR DAYS or more like WEEKS.

The theme of this baby shower is foods that are “Trashed Up.”

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

I wanted to tip the scales of indulgence and make a pizza with


PESTO and….

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean


And here it is… The potatoes add a creamy element the pesto is EVERYTHING and the bacon pushes the pizza to the edge! It’s kinda like a pesto-y scalloped potato pizza situation.  I also added a few walnuts for good crunchy twist.

Congratulations, Jessica! I can’t wait to see you become a mother! Your baby is going to be the best fed child EVER.  And if you have a picky eater child like I do…. I AM HERE TO CONSOLE YOU.

And we’re off!

I used some leftover bacon (from breakfast!) for this dream pizza.


Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

We’re going to slice our potatoes with a Mandoline.

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

I’m using the no-knead pizza recipe for this one. It makes a gigantic pie!

You can see I put the potatoes in water so they wouldn’t brown being exposed to air.

My dough was a little too springy so it took a little while for it to spread to the edges of the baking sheet.


Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

You’re going to spread half of the pesto on the prepared pizza dough.

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

Top pesto with mozzarella. Layer the sliced potatoes on top.

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

You want to add the cheddar on top…then sprinkle the bacon, onions, garlic & walnuts to finish…

We’re going to top the pizza with more pesto.

But I want to drizzle it on top so we thin it out with a little more oil.

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean


Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean


Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

The walnuts are toasty…the bacon is crisp…the potatoes are soft and the pesto creates FLAVOR NATION.

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

It’s a savory hearty pizza.  I’d totally put an egg on it. Because MORE IS MORE.

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

And I think you’ll love that walnut addition. TOASTY CRUNCH!

To follow along with How Sweet Eats Virtual Baby Shower, here are some other FABULOUS contributions:

 trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

  2. The Lemon Bowl – Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini

  3. With Style & Grace – Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon


trashed up cocktails

  1. Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

  2. Food For My Family – Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail

  3. Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes

  4. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy

  5. A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail

  6. Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

  7. Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour

  8. Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

  9. A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail

  10. A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer

  11. The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider

  12. Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats


trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective – Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy

  2. The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie

  3. Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese

  4. Cookies & Cups – Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

  5. Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy

  6. Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries

  7. Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini

  8. Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup

  9. Lady and Pups – Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs

  10. Two Peas & Their Pod – Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

  11. Bake Your Day – Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich


trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon – Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos

  2. The Fauxmartha – Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos

  3. With Food + Love – Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos

  4. Mountain Mama Cooks – Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon

  5. Heather Christo – Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce

  6. A Couple Cooks – Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos

  7. Fitnessista – San Diego Lobster Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two – Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles

  2. My Name is Yeh – Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up

  3. Picky Palate – Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes

  4. Sprinkle Bakes – Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes

  5. Averie Cooks – Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

  6. Sweet Phi – Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars

  7. Love & Olive Oil – Loaded Junk Food Brownies

  8. Lauren’s Latest – Bakery Sugar Cookies

  9. Cookie + Kate – Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  10. Flourishing Foodie – Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  11. The Sugar Hit – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake

  12. Hummingbird High – Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts

  13. Top With Cinnamon – Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake

  14. Bake at 350 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes

  15. Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake

  16. Bakerella – Baby Block Cake Pops

  17. She Wears Many Hats –  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit


trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks – Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza

  2. Rachel Cooks – Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust

  3. Foodie With Family – Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza

  4. Shutterbean – Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza

  5. i am a food blog – Grilled Cheese Pizza

  6. My Life as a Mrs – Chili Cheese Dog Pizza

  7. Simply Scratch – Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle

  8. The Beeroness – Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza

  9. Yes I Want Cake – Roasted Pumpkin Pizza

  10. Two Red Bowls – Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza

  11. Dula Notes – Pork Bahn Mi Pizza

  12. Weelicious – Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets

  13. Take a Megabite – Roasted Beet Pizza

  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida – Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta

  15. Bakers Royale – Trash’d Street Tacos


Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza

serves 4-5

  • 1 batch no knead pizza dough
  • 4 strips uncooked bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 medium yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded extra sharp white cheddar
  • 1/3 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil


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.

With a spatula, evenly spread 1/2 cup pesto on the prepared pizza dough. Layer with mozzarella and place sliced potatoes in neat rows on top of the pizza dough. Evenly sprinkle potatoes with shredded sharp cheddar, red onion, cooked bacon and dot the entire pizza with chopped garlic and chopped walnuts. To thin out the pesto, add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Drizzle remaining pesto on top of the pizza. Put the pizza in the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes. Serve warm.

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