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Bacon is delicious! Enough said. Well not really — as a from scratch enthusiast and one who seeks real food ingredients without additives or preservatives I just really want to avoid processed meat. There is a big huge difference between plant based and animal based nitrates. This article on nitrates sorted it all out for me.
At the same time, I LOVE bacon. Nitrate free bacon in the good ole’ USA is thankfully now readily available. But I’m not living there anymore. So on our 1st day in this new place every bacon type product that I picked up stated clearly that it was preserved and flavored with nitrates and MSG and nasty stuff. So I reached for a package of pork belly. It appeared to be uncured and bacon-like.
*Note* It was quite fatty and I probably didn’t get the tasty crackling as intended but none the less it was preservative free baconish meat on our pizza.
SO here is my pork belly pizza recipe. Obviously you can add any ole’ toppings you prefer. The idea here is PIZZA must continue to be eaten no matter where you live in the great big world. My pizza dough recipe is just one of the few things that I never forget. And it comes together quite quickly. Especially in an incredibly warm and tropical climate – the rise is accomplished easily.
Please note that since that day it took less than an entire week for us to be introduced to the lovliest butchery who sells all locally raised, preservative free beef and pork and I nearly cried for joy when we walked in. AND they had bacon. The yummy kind I know and love. Wait till you hear about another local find which is music to my soul but that’s another post. OK, well let me give you just a hint. I met the friendliest South African lady who makes her own herbed feta from fresh milk (jersey cows !!)
And since we’re talking cheese – my preference is to always use fresh parmesan cheese – not that kind in the green can that you just shake on out. First of all the difference is in the real food flavor – but go ahead and check the ingredients list. I heart cheese. As always – what I use for organic dried pizza herbs , REAL salt and freshly ground pepper – must have’s in every one of my savory recipes.
Finally, will I use pork belly again? I’m intrigued to learn more and prepare better so stay tuned for future pork adventures. And again here’s the recipe – complete with avocado garnish – yum!
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Pork belly pizza
Delicoius home made pizza using pork belly and feta cheese as toppings - but you can substitute any ole' ingredients you like.
- 3 3/4 cups unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp active yeast
- 1 Tbsp REAL salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- tomatoe/pizza sauce **home made is best
- pan fried pork belly/ meat topping of choice **leave out for vegetarian
- herbed feta cheese **homemade -local market
- REAL salt & pepper - fresh herbs
- fresh parmesan cheese
- 1 fresh sliced avocado
- 1 onion diced
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced
Sprinkle the yeast onto the warm water and let it begin activating until bubbly. Add flour, salt and olive oil. Stir with wooden spoon until it starts to come together. Then roll up your sleeves and knead out all life's frustrations about 10 minutes or until it's a soft, pliable dough. Please in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place with a tea towel overtop.
Cut pork belly into chunks and pan fry. Our stove wasn't working so we used a handy gas camp cooker. Grease pan of choice. When dough has risen - place onto a pizza pan or sheet pan. Spread and knead to the edges of pan. Poke fork holes gently over dough. I prefer to bake the dough for about 10 mins at 425 F just to set the base.
Prepare feta by crumbling into glorious chunks with fork. Take partially baked dough base from oven and spread with tomatoe sauce, onions and garlic, pork belly pieces, feta cheese and sprinkle with shaved parmesan and add seasonings of REAL salt, pepper and fresh herbs.
Bake until crispy and browned at the edges and the cheeses are bubbly and melted. *Note feta doesn't really melt just sort of roasts. * Remove from oven and garnish with avocado slices. Pour glass of wine - enjoy !