The front room of my house has nothing in it. Absolutely positively nothing…other than a broken IKEA couch that Mr. Prevention refuses to part with, that is. I’ve requested that we 1) get rid of the broken couch and 2) shop for living room furniture. #uphillbattle
But, some bad excuse always comes up when I ask him if we can go furniture shopping. And then we argue about whether or not a couch that nearly touches the ground is really and truly “broken”. As if this is actually a debate.
The real issue? The man is cheap.
(And his rear rarely leaves the Lay-Z Boy in the family room.)
Mr. Prevention is the guy who gets his hair cut at the discount hair salon in grocery store for $8, after his $2 off coupon. He offers up our date night options by informing me of where we have coupons or Groupons. I recently got yelled at for buying Hefty trash bags because “those are so expensive, Nicole!”!!
Imagine my pleasant surprise when I suggested we spend our tax return sprucing up our landscaping…and he agreed. By sprucing up, I really mean tearing it all out and replanting bushes, perennials, etc. When we got a rather steep quote last night, he didn’t really bat an eye. I’m thinking that’s because our neighbor not-so-bashfully asked if we would be doing anything to our landscaping this year…
I get on Mr. Prevention about his “good deals gone wrong”, from time-to-time. Yes, fresh mozzarella is incredibly cheap at CostCo…but we have 2 pounds of it that expires tomorrow. His solution: “Why don’t you make us pizza?” Hmm…why don’t you make us pizza?
Needless to say, I came home from work yesterday to find a pizza crust, pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, and a green bell pepper. And a request to use the jalapeno in the fridge. At least he asked first?
I don’t know that his pizza will be able to hold a candle to this pizza with brussels sprouts, bacon, and goat cheese. Though, I’m sure he’d argue otherwise
1 lb whole wheat pizza dough
4 pieces of bacon, chopped
10 brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
pinch of red pepper flakes
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
3 oz fontina, shredded
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
Place a pizza stone or sheet pan in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees for ~30 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet, stirring often, until just crispy and lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. To the bacon drippings, add the brussels sprouts, shallots, garlic, oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes; saute 2-3 minutes or until brussels sprouts are slightly softened. Remove from heat.
On a piece of parchment paper lightly dusted with cornmeal, stretch the pizza dough into a 14-inch circle. Brush the perimeter with olive oil. Sprinkle the dough with the cheesea, leaving a thin border around the edge. Evenly distribute the brussels sprouts mixture, then top with the bacon.
Transfer the pizza and parchment to the stone in the oven, and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is browned and the toppings are cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 2-3 minutes before slicing and serving.
Yield: 8 slices
Nutrition Information (per slice): 210 calories; 10.9 g. fat; 21 mg. cholesterol; 492 mg. sodium; 19.3 g. carbohydrate; 2.0 g. fiber; 7.6 g. protein; 0.5 g. sugar
Result: Such a savory pizza! While the brussels sprouts don’t make this pizza for me (more of a texture preference – the taste was great!). I love the bacon with balsamic concept and the fontina added a richness balanced by the creaminess of the goat cheese and crunch of bacon to finish. Mmm!