Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from #recipe

Kale, meet bacon. Bacon, meet kale.

Now that everyone has been introduced, I can let you in on a little secret. Those crispy kale chips piled on the pizza dough up above are tossed in bacon fat. I repeat: bacon fat.

It all happened so quickly. There was kale. And there was leftover bacon grease. And there was no question in my mind what was happening next. I straight up Les Miserables’d this pizza. I dreamed a dream and that dream was bacon fat kale chips and that dream just came true.

This pizza is many things, but saucy it is not. This is a sauce-free zone. No one misses marinara when you’re feasting on the trifecta of bacon, mozzarella and garlic. And bonus points to anyone who can guess what the crust is brushed with…

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from #recipe

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from #recipe

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from #recipe

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from #recipe

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Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza

Yield: 1 (12-inch) pizza

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min


1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough
Cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 1/2 cups curly kale leaves, torn into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces mozzarella, thinly sliced
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions
Shredded Parmesan cheese, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 500ºF.

Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface until it is roughly 12 inches wide and 1/4-inch thick. (See Kelly's Notes.)

Invert a baking sheet and sprinkle it liberally with cornmeal. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet.

Cook the diced bacon in a medium sauté pan set over medium-low heat until a majority of the fat has rendered. Remove the bacon pieces with a slotted spoon to a large bowl, along with 2 teaspoons of the bacon drippings. Add the kale, olive oil and garlic to the bowl, tossing to combine.

Arrange the mozzarella slices in a single layer on the pizza dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges. Evenly scatter the kale-bacon mixture on top of the cheese then top the kale with the sliced red onions. Brush the border of the pizza dough with the reserved bacon drippings.

Bake the pizza for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating it half-way through, until the crust is fully baked and golden brown. Remove the pizza from the oven to a cutting board, sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese, and slice and serve.

Kelly's Notes:
The pizza dough can be rolled into any desired shape, including round, rectangular or free-form, for a more rustic look.

You can use a pizza stone in place of the inverted baking sheet.

Oven temperatures and positions may vary, so make sure you are baking your pizza on the middle rack and check it frequently.

The kale leaves must be well coated in the bacon drippings and olive oil or they will burn before the dough is fully baked. And it may seem like a large amount of kale, but pile it high atop the dough, as it'll cook down significantly once baked.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.


26 Responses to “Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza”

  1. #
    Miss Kim @ behgopa — January 15, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Looks really yummy! But personally, I love sauce. If not adding sauce on the pizza before baking, I can imagine myself dipping it in sauce as I eat it lol.

  2. #
    Samantha — January 15, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I’m so glad you introduced kale and bacon! :) This looks amazing!

  3. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — January 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

    OMG, this is such a perfect pizza pairing I can’t even take it. I totally want to roast some garlic and throw it on there. Perfection. Need to make this (and proceed to devour the entire thing by myself). Pinned!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — January 15th, 2014 @ 10:33 am

      Love the idea for the roasted garlic, Rachel!

  4. #
    Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer — January 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

    My favorite!

  5. #
    JulieD — January 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Okay, I was trying to see how you got the crust to look so shiny…brush the border with bacon drippings…OMgeeee! This looks so good!

  6. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    okay – I would not be able to stop myself from dunking this into some spicy arrabiata sauce (sorrrry!), but seriously this looks AMAZE.

  7. #
    Happy Valley Chow — January 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Dannggg that looks incredible, fantastic job!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  8. #
    Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love — January 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This looks amazing! I can even try it on a gluten-free crust.

  9. #
    Jenny Flake — January 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    This is one gorgeous pizza! Always love your beautiful photos!!

  10. #
    Joel A. — January 15, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    When I make pizza I just buy ready-made crust at the store. I would love to try making homemade dough, this would probably taste a lot better.

  11. #
    Tieghan — January 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    This is TOO good looking!! Love these flavors and the gorgeous colors!

  12. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    ohmygosh. This pizza sounds perfect! Plus its so pretty. But ahh garlic and bacon. on pizza. It’s a trifecta of my favorites!

  13. #
    Melanie — January 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing – a must try for this week’s pizza night!

  14. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Most beautiful pizza ever!!! Seriously, I saw this on Pinterest before I even knew whose it was, and was in awe of the gorgeous colors (and bacon). Sounds and looks amazing!

  15. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 17, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I definitely won’t miss the red sauce here! This looks incredible, especially with all that garlic!

  16. #
    Jamie — January 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it turned out amazing! It was also very quick and easy to make. I used a store bought (locally made) gluten free pizza crust and added just a sprinkle of olive tapenade on top. Will definitely be making this often!!!! Thanks!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — January 26th, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

      Love the addition of the tapenade, Jamie!

  17. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

    GIRL. yes yes yes.

  18. #
    Sylvie — February 6, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    This pizza was amazing!! My husband and I just adored it!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

      Awesome! So glad you guys enjoyed it, Sylvie!


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