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White Grilled Pizza with Sugar Pumpkin and Bacon

Posted in: Dinner, Lunch, Pizza,


The invitation is in the title: White Grilled Pizza with Sugar Pumpkin and Candied Bacon. How can you resist such an invitation to the table? Grilling pizza is quite simple at home, a small indoor grill and a cover out of a pan is all that you need. Make a white sauce out of ricotta cheese, add a little Gruyere cheese, top with sugar pumpkin and dress with candied bacon. 

This dish is a perfect blend of Summer and Fall, and works beautifully as wither a lunch or dinner dish. Nick Rabar, perfects this unique and simple pizza with his Rhode Island charm.


White Grilled Pizza with Sugar Pumpkin and Bacon


8 oz.       Raw pizza dough

2 Tbs.    Olive oil

¾ c.        Ricotta cheese

¼ c.        Heavy cream

1             Sugar pumpkin, peeled, sliced and roasted

2             Thick slices of bacon, cut into small pieces

1 oz.       Maple syrup

1 c.         Gruyere cheese

10 oz.     Sage leaves, chiffonade

                Pinch salt and pepper

                Parmesan cheese


In a small sauté pan over medium heat, render bacon until crispy.  Drain fat and add maple syrup.  Reserve.  In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and heavy cream.  Reserve.  On a well-oiled cutting board, stretch dough by hand until thin.  On a well-seasoned, preheated cast iron stove top grill, place dough over medium heat and cook until golden brown grill marks form (about 4 minutes).  Flip dough and lower heat.  Add ricotta spread, sugar pumpkin, candied bacon and Gruyere cheese.  Cover using an inverted sauté pan or tall pot cover.  Cook until cheese has melted. Remove and top with sage, Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.

About The Cook

Nick RabarWith an accomplished 20 year culinary career under his belt, Nick Rabar dove onto the television scene and never looked back. Emmy nominated for his hit show Nick Rabar: Chef 2 Go and Author of the ac

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