After making all that kimchi, my mom joked that we would be eating kimchi for days and days on end. I decided that I should make kimchi pizza again, but this time, with more flavor. This version blows the old version out of the water- it might be one of my favorite recipes EVER. For starters, this kimchi is stir fried with a hint of bacon fat.
For extra flavor in each bite, I added large chunks of garlic, along with a sauce that I concocted using everything in my fridge. I used Yvo’s suggestion of heating the back of a cookie sheet on high heat in place of a pizza stone. This pizza is seriously one of the most delicious things I’ve ever made, and would love for you to give it a try!
You can make your own dough if desired. For this recipe, I used pizza dough from my local pizzeria. One serving of dough was enough for two 10″ pizzas.
Recipe: Bacon Kimchi Pizza
Makes one 10″ pizza
About 1/2 pound of pizza dough
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 cup of aged kimchi, cut into strips
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
2 on the vine tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
3 strips of bacon (and fat!)
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon of mayonnaise
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 stalks of scallion
2 teaspoons of olive oil
Equipment: Cookie sheet, frying pan, rolling pin, pizza cutter (optional), colander, kitchen scissors
1. In a pan over high heat. Place bacon on the pan and cook until crispy on both sides, about 6-7 minutes. Transfer bacon pieces to a plate. With the fat that is already on the pan, turn the heat to high. Add kimchi, with garlic and cook. Continue to stir and cook until there is no more moisture left in the pan. Once the kimchi and garlic both turn slightly brown, remove from heat.
2. Place cookie sheet upside down on the top rack of an oven set at 500 degrees.
3. Slice tomatoes into 1″ pieces. Sprinkle kosher salt all over the tomatoes to draw out the moisture. Place it over a bowl and set aside.
4. Place flour on your surface and rolling pin. Roll out the dough slowly into a circle. Take the dough in your hands and stretch them out as evenly as possible. Continue rolling until the dough forms a circle.
5. In a small bowl, mix Worcestershire sauce, Hoisin sauce, Sriracha sauce (optional), and mayonnaise. Adjust seasonings to your liking. Set aside.
6. Remove cookie sheet from the oven. Let the pan cool for about 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the sheet (so that the pizza doesn’t stick to the pan later.)
7. Place pizza dough directly on the cookie sheet. Spread 1 teaspoon of olive oil on the dough. Add sauce. leaving a little bit of space on the edges. Add tomatoes. Add kimchi. Use kitchen scissors to cut scallions and bacon right onto the pizza. Finish with cheese.
8. Place pizza in the middle rack of the oven and cook for 7 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the dough has a crispy brown color.