Pancetta, Italian cured bacon, tops this tomato-mozzarella pizza but you can substitute regular bacon, if you wish. Round out the meal with a tossed green salad.
1 (11-ounce) can refrigerated French bread dough
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 ounces pancetta
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Place dough on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal; press dough into a 12-inch circle. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Lightly spray surface of dough with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
Arrange tomato slices on paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle garlic evenly over surface of dough; sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese evenly over dough. Arrange tomato slices on top of cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes.
Chop pancetta. Cook pancetta in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain. Sprinkle pancetta over pizza; bake an additional 1 minute or until crust is golden. Sprinkle basil over pizza; let stand 2 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges.
I made my own version of this. I used Pillsbury pizza crust. I only used 3/4 of the can of dough. I used 1tbsp olive oil and brushed the dough all over instead of spraying. Then I did everything else the same except used prosciutto instead of pancetta. The prosciutto came shaved thin from the deli and I thinly sliced about 1-2oz and added to the pizza during the last minute. I also used fresh cracked pepper and sesame seeds instead of the cornmeal. This was delicious but I'm thinking about how to add more flavor next time without the calories. My estimate was 189 calories per slice (6 slices total only using 3/4 of pizza dough)
I made a version of this last night using a (about 8 inch) whole wheat tortilla for the crust. I sprayed the crust with cooking spray and then put into a 400º oven to crisp up for about 8 minutes. I used ingredients that I had on hand - sliced cherry tomatoes and prosciutto. I layered the crust with minced garlic (go easy), about 1 1/2 ounces of mozzarella, the tomatoes, and about 1/2 ounce more cheese. Put the pizza in the oven to melt the cheese then when it came out I layered it with prosciutto and basil - REALLY good.