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Bacon, Date, and Arugula Pizza (GF)

Bacon, Date, and Arugula Pizza with Natural Delights Medjool Dates Build your own pizza night has become a Friday Night family fave! Paired with our go-to games (Yahtzee or 21, usually) homemade pizza hits the spot! We’ve been experimenting with different crusts and toppings lately and I wanted to share our favorites with you…

Can’t go wrong with mozzarella, tomato, and pepperoni toppings, but we also like to create unique combos!

Since we love bacon wrapped dates I wanted to bring that flavor profile to pizza night. I’ve partnered with Natural Delights Medjool Dates to include a touch of sweetness! Crispy bacon, goat cheese, arugula, and caramelized onions and dates make this pizza burst with flavor. Sweet + savory mingle deliciously in this pie, you’ll definitely want to give it a try!

It was fantastic paired with The Resident Zinfandel, one of my favorite organic, clean crafted red wines! It’s medium bodied, bold, and fruity (with just 0.5 g/L residual sugar). Another one to try with pizza is Gallivant Zinfandel (full bodied, bold, fruity also 0.5 g/L residual sugar). Click here to learn more about Clean Crafted Wine shipped to your door (!)…

Bacon, Date, and Arugula Pizza

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Natural Delights Medjool pitted dates chopped
  • 1 yellow onion sliced into 1/4 in rings
  • 4-5 slices bacon cut into small strips
  • 1/4 cup pepitas pumpkin seeds
  • I large or 2 small frozen pizza crusts I used Cappello’s Gluten Free Crust
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Goat Cheese crumbles feta works well too
  • 1 cup Arugula

Instructions
 

Instructions

    Make the Crispy Oven Bacon

    • Cut strips of bacon into strips and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
    • Set oven to 350 and place baking sheet with bacon in the oven (you don’t have to wait for it to preheat)
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy.
    • Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain/cool.

    Make the Caramelized Onion + Date Topping (while bacon is cooking)

    • Heat butter and oil in a saucepan
    • Add onions and toss with oil and butter over medium heat for several minutes.
    • Once the onions soften add the chopped dates to mixture and stir until coated. Keep heat on low/medium.
    • After a couple of minutes, stir the onion/date mixture and add the balsamic vinegar.
    • Keep an eye on the mixture, stirring often to incorporate for about 4-5 minutes. You want the mixture to continue to soften, but not get sticky.
    • Turn off heat and set aside.

    Make the Pizza!

    • Place your crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone.
    • Spread the onion/date mixture on the crust
    • Add goat cheese, bacon, and pepitas
    • Bake for the amount of time specified for your pizza crust
    • Remove the pizza from oven and top with a generous handful of arugula
    • Allow the arugula to wilt a couple of minutes and then slice/serve.
    • Enjoy!

    Bacon, Date, and Arugula Pizza with Natural Delights Medjool Dates

    Pizza Night Family Favorites!

    Crust Matters: A few of our favorite frozen finds are: Cappello’s Gluten Free Naked Crust, Earthbound Farm Organic Mini Cauliflower Pizza Crusts, Trader Joe’s Organic Whole Wheat Crust, Caulipower Cauliflower Crust

    Get Saucy: For the base, we like Rao’s Pizza Sauce, Seggiano Fresh Basil Pesto Genovese (dairy free!), and Trader Joes Vegan Cashew Pesto

    So Cheesy: Organic Mozzarella, Goat Cheese crumbles, Feta cheese, and parmesan to top are all great options, as is a totally cheese free pie!

    Tasty Toppings: Anything goes here but a few of our favorites are green chile, bacon, caramelized onions/dates, mushrooms, black or kalamata olives, pepitas, pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes, grilled chicken, walnuts, spinach, arugula, artichoke hearts…

    Bacon, Date, and Arugula Pizza with Natural Delights Medjool Dates

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    This post is sponsored by Natural Delights. Recipe and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Loubies and Lulu!

    Welcome! Loubies and Lulu is a Dallas-based fitness, fashion, and healthy lifestyle blog by Andrea Overturf.

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