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Pretzel Crust Pizza with Potato, Bacon, and Parmesan

Total Time 2 hours
Servings 1 9" pizza, see note for crust servings

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or half whole wheat if you prefer
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or 1 envelope instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water approx. 110-115°F
  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus additional for coating bowl
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda

For the toppings:

  • 1 potato peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil approx.
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese or to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

  • Add flour, sugar, yeast, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. You may also use a stand mixer. Pour in 3/4 cup warm water and 1 tbsp olive oil while stirring (or while the stand mixer is running), until dough becomes cohesive. If dough is too crumbly and dry, add additional warm water about 1 tbsp at a time until dough reaches the desired consistency. If dough is too wet, add extra flour a small amount at a time.
  • Work dough into a ball and turn out onto a work surface that has been dusted with flour. Lightly knead the dough, then add to a clean bowl that has been coated with olive oil. Cover, and let dough rise in a warm area for about one hour.
  • Once dough has doubled in size, turn out dough and divide into two equally-sized, round portions.
  • In a large saucepan, add 5 cups of water and 1/3 cup baking soda and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil. Dunk one dough section in boiling water mixture , flipping after 15-20 seconds and allowing the other side to boil for another 15-20 seconds. Remove dough from water and allow to drain and cool on a wire rack for a minute or two.
  • Grease a 9" round baking pan with olive oil or cooking spray and add the dough portion to it, pressing dough evenly along bottom of baking pan.
  • Peel and thinly slice potato, sprinkle 1 tsp of salt over slices, and let slices sit while you prepare the rest of the toppings.
  • Preheat oven to 475°F. Over top of the pizza dough, brush about 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil. Add minced garlic and spread evenly over dough surface. Sprinkle bacon crumbles and basil, then arrange potato slices in as close to a single layer as you can over the pizza surface, then drizzle some olive oil over potato slices. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top of potatoes.
  • Bake pizza for approx. 15-20 minutes, until the Parmesan and potato edges brown, and the crust has firmed.

Notes

Crust recipe yields enough dough for two pizzas cooked in a 9" round baking pan. If only cooking one, you can wrap one in plastic wrap and freeze.