Friday is pizza night. I’m not talking about the pizza you call and get delivered or, going out to eat with the kids pizza (not that there is anything wrong with that). Friday night we do pizza night at our house! This week, I am thrilled to bring you a new fun twist on pizza: Cobb Salad Pizza.
I eat a lot of carbs thanks to all the recipe testing that I do. Going to the gym is not only a necessity for my back but also the waistline. I feel guilty every time I eat them too. Good thing I mostly keep carbs at bay during lunch. By looking at my Instagram feed, you’d think all we eat is carbs! Not really… but I do test a lot of carb heavy recipes and baking items. I also test recipes on Thursday nights during our breakfast night! Back to the pizza. The pizza came from this salad I ate… 4 months ago! Seriously. I hold ideas in my head for that long… and much longer. I loved the toppings on it so much that I barely touched the lettuce!
I know there are many ways to make a Cobb Salad. This is my ideal version. Swap out the lettuce…. put it on a pizza…and it’s Cobb Salad Pizza!
You can switch up the ingredients for your favorite ones, use butter lettuce instead of hearts of romaine, even put arugula on it. Whatever you do, do not omit the hard boiled egg and bacon… they are staples!
Take a load of this bite. The pizza is secondary… but the dough… oh.the.dough. Delicious. And the crust you say? Worth fighting for.
Cobb Salad Pizza
- 1 ⅛ cups warm water, about 120F
- 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup favorite pizza sauce
- 1 ½ cups mozzarella
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
- 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- ½ cup frozen corn
- ⅓ cup black olives, sliced
- ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
- 2-3 romaine lettuce leaves, shredded
- In a small bowl, combine warm water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Give it a mix with a spoon and let it sit for about 10 minutes for the yeast to activate. Once you see about 1-2 inches of “froth” the yeast is ready.
- In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, add the flour and salt. Mix it well. Slowly add the frothy water and mix it, either with your hands or the paddle attachment, until you can form a “dough” ball.
- Dust your countertop with flour and transfer the dough out of the bowl. With your hands, give it a thorough quick knead. The dough shouldn’t be super sticky or rock hard. Good pizza dough should have a “brand new play-dough” consistency.
- If the dough is “sticky” dust more flour and fold it in.
- Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, give it a turn or two so it’s also coated with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm spot to rise for about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
- After dough has risen, punch it down. Transfer it to a floured surface and knead it a couple of times to form a large ball of dough. Divide dough in two even portions.
- If using a baking sheet, preheat oven to 375F. If you have a pizza stone, preheat oven to 475F with the pizza stone inside.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out one of the balls of dough on to a floured surface. Transfer it to a floured baking sheet or pizza paddle if using a stone.
- Spread pizza sauce on the dough base, leaving a ½-inch border all the way around. Layer cheese over the sauce and begin to distribute your toppings.
- On a baking pan: bake for about 25 minutes, until edges are golden and have risen.
- On a pizza stone: bake for 12 minutes, until the edges are golden and have risen.
- Repeat this process with the second pizza.