Bacon & Pimento Cheese Pizza
What happens when you take King Arthur Flour’s 2020 Recipe of the Year (Crispy, Cheesy Pan Pizza) and add a Southern twist of flavor? This pizza is what happens. Topped with homemade pimento cheese and crumbled bacon, each bite melts in your mouth for a satisfying combination we didn’t know could be oh-so-good. (Bonus: Get a satisfying cheese pull.)
Prep Time16 hours, 20 minutes
Cook Time24 minutes
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- 2 cups King Author Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- ¾ cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1½ tablespoons for the pan
- 6 ounces mozzarella, grated (about 1¼ cups, loosely packed)
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- ½ cup pimento cheese
- ½ cup crumbled bacon
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup mayonnaise (we love Duke's mayo in the South)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 roasted jalapeño, seeded and diced
- 3 tablespoons diced pimentos
- salt and pepper
- Place flour, salt, yeast, water, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium bowl. Stir everything together, approximately 1 minute, to make a shaggy, sticky mass of dough with no dry patches of flour.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and gather dough into a ball. Cover for 5 minutes.
- Uncover the bowl and reach down between the side of the bowl and the dough, as though you were going to lift the dough out. Instead of lifting, stretch the bottom of the dough up and over its top. Repeat this three more times, turning the bowl 90 degrees each time.
- Cover the bowl, and after 5 minutes do another fold. Wait 5 minutes and repeat, then another 5 minutes for the fourth—and final—fold. Cover the bowl and let rest for 40 minutes. Then refrigerate for 12 to 72 hours.
- Prepare your skillet 3 hours before you want to serve your pizza. Pour remaining 1½ tablespoons olive oil into a 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Coat the cooking surface and sidewalls with oil.
- Transfer the dough to the pan and turn it once to coat with olive oil. Press the dough to the edges of the pan, dimpling it with the tips of your fingers.*
- Cover and let rise for 2 hours at room temperature.
- Thirty minutes before baking, place one rack at the bottom of the oven and one towards the top. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When you’re ready to bake, sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella evenly over the entire crust. Dollop small spoonfuls of the sauce over the cheese. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
- Add small spoonfuls of pimento cheese over the pizza and sprinkle with bacon.
- Bake the pizza on the bottom rack for 18-20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the bottom and edges of the crust are golden brown.**
- Remove the pizza from the oven. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pizza and the side of the skillet to prevent sticking. Transfer to a cooling rack or cutting board. Serve and enjoy!
*Pro Tip: The dough may start to shrink back; that’s OK. Just cover it and let it rest for about 15 minutes, then repeat the dimpling until the dough reaches the edges of the pan.
**Pro Tip: If the top of the pizza isn’t ready, move it to the top rack for 2- 4 minutes. If the top is fine, but the crust needs more browning, leave the pizza on the bottom rack for 2 to 4 minutes.
- Combine cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, jalapeño, and pimentos. Mix well.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!