Turn store-bought pizza crust into a dine-in treat. I find it helpful to pre-cook the crust before topping it with sauce, cheese and extras. Even on a pizza stone, it doesn’t get hot enough in a regular home oven for a crispy crust without that step.

4 slices of bacon, cut into 1/4” slices

1 store-bought pizza crust

1 t. canola oil

3/4 C. tomato sauce

8-12 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced

1 T. plus 1 t. maple syrup

1/8 t. crushed red pepper flakes

4-6 fresh basil leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread bacon out on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Cook in oven until lightly crisp.  Remove from oven and place on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside

Turn oven heat up to 500 degrees.

Using floured hands, with extra flour on a work surface, stretch the dough around the periphery rotating it as you go until it takes on a thin circular shape. Place on a lightly oiled pizza stone.  Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the crust just begins to lightly crisp. Remove from oven and ladle on tomato sauce, evenly spreading it out with the back of the ladle in a circular motion. Add slices of mozzarella cheese and bacon spread evenly over top. Place back in oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and drizzle on maple syrup and sprinkle with crushed pepper. Add fresh basil leaves over top and enjoy!

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