Today’s recipe feature is Flatbread with Bacon and Scallion Pesto. Pizza dough is baked until golden brown and then topped with seasoned crème fraiche, onions, crispy bacon and a delicious scallion pesto. Omit the bacon and you’ll have a great vegetarian appetizer.
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Flatbread with Bacon and Scallion Pesto (Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli)
- 4 thick strips bacon, thinly sliced
- 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
- Pinch of sugar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 6 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon capers
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
- 1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring from time to time, until browned and crispy. Transfer to paper towels to drain; keep warm. Add the onion slices to the drippings in the skillet; sprinkle with the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cook until light brown and tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
Combine the scallions, capers and parsley in a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste and half of the lemon zest; pulse gently to chop and blend. Turn the processor on and add the olive oil through the top in a steady stream. Transfer the scallion pesto to a bowl; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the crème fraiche and the remaining lemon zest until smooth. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
Roll the pizza dough into an 8-by-14-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough around the rolling pin and unroll it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the center of the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Spread the crème fraiche mixture on the crust. Dot with the onions and some of the bacon drippings from the pan; sprinkle with the bacon. Slice into pieces and drizzle with scallion pesto. Serving yield – 4 servings.