Chicken Pesto Pizza with Bacon & Fire Roasted Veggies

A waft of inspiration washed over us like the smoke from a newly lit Egg when the boys over at Patrons of the Pit posted this blog post here about pit cooked veggies. That gave me a great idea for way to try cooking the pepper and onion… right on the coals!!!

Fire Roasted Veggie Pizza is what that inspiration turned into!

You will need:

  • Pizza Dough (your own recipe or ours)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 chicken breasts (or 3-4 thighs if you prefer dark meat)
  • Pesto Sauce (store bought or home made… home made is better!)
    • 2 cups fresh basil
    • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
    • 1-2 cloves of garlic
    • a squeeze of lemon juice
    • about 2/3 cup of Olive Oil
    • 1/2 cup of your favorite hard Italian cheese (Asiago, Parm, Pecorino, Grana Padana ect…)
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • Mix it all up in a blender or food processor

I lit up both the Mini and the Large… the Large would take about an hour to heat the pizza stone to about 580-600F and the mini would be my prep Egg.

I tossed a pepper and an onion directly onto the coals to char the outer skins and cook the insides.

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Once good and charred, I took them off and covered them in plastic in a bowl to stew in their own juices. These would get chopped up later.

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Next up came 4 slices of bacon, made by my butcher in house and chopped up. I cooked these on a small 8 inch cast iron skillet.

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Finally, I tossed on a couple chicken breasts that I had lightly dusted with simply Salt and Pepper. I didn’t want to add any fancy spice rubs since we have the pesto sauce.

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After chopping everything up we built the pizza.

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We topped it with Monterey Jack cheese from our local Manitoba cheesery… New Bothwell Cheese and put it on the Egg to cook for about 4 minutes with the plate setter and pizza stone setup we always use at about 600F

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After 4 minutes… voila!!! Pizza!!!

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It turned out really good, only thing I would do different next time is cook the onion a little longer, but the fire roasted veggies direct on the coals worked great!!!

Happy Egging!!!
Brian

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