Thursday, February 22

The Jack Falcone Pizza

One of my loyal readers is Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, the man behind the book The Making of Jack Falcone.  We have been interacting through Facebook, mostly about bacon, and a few other food related topics.  He sent me a signed copy of his book.  After reading it, I decided to name a glorious pizza after his undercover identity. The identity to which the book is named, “Jack Falcone”.  The Jack Falcone Pizza is nothing but excess.  Garlic oil, bacon, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and fresh goat cheese.  The pizza screams excess!  So I invited Jack over to try it out.  Needless to say there was nothing left.  This was quite possibly one of the best pizzas I have ever made.

The Jack Falcone Pizza

It all starts with the dough.  Check out one of my dough recipes below.  If you don’t want to make your own dough, you can buy it from a pizzeria, the store or even use a store bought flat bread.

The Ultimate Pizza Dough 

New Pizza Crust

Basic Pizza Dough

Dough Balls

The Caramelized Onions

The caramelized onions take the longest time.  However, they are pretty simple.  Add 3tbs of vegetable oil and 3 tbs of butter to a large pan over medium/high heat.

The Onions

Slice a large onion into half rings and place into the pan with a touch of salt and pepper.

Caramelized Goodness

Stir the onions and allow to caramelize.  Cook until the onions turn a golden to dark brown, roughly 25 minutes.

Perfectly Caramelized

If the onions start to stick while you are caramelizing them, add a tbs of water to deglaze.  You may have to do this multiple times during the cooking process.

The Sauteed Mushrooms

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

Add the mushrooms.

The shrooms

Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender and just start to brown, about 12 minutes.

Add the broth bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, roughly 12 minutes.

Sauteed Shrooms

Set aside and keep warm.

Garlic Oil

In a small pan heat 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 5-6 cloves of garlic.

Garlic Oil

Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer.  When the garlic is slightly browned remove it and you have a tasty garlic oil.

Boiled and browned

Roughly 5 minutes.

Making the pizza

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees or use a kettle pizza.  I am using the kettle pizza as I can heat it up to 750 degrees plus and have pizzas ready in about 4 minutes.  However, if you are using your oven at 450 degrees it will take roughly 15 minutes per pie.

Dust a pizza peel or pizza pan with fine cornmeal.  Then toss your pizza dough to a size that fits your pizza pan/pizza stone.

Coat with garlic oil

Coat lightly with the garlic oil.

The ultimate pizza

Then sprinkle the crust with the mozzarella cheese.  Then top with the caramelized onions, mushrooms and bacon.  Finally drop the crumbled goat cheese over the top.

Top with goat cheese

Bake in a standard oven at 450 degrees for roughly 15 minutes.

Perfectly Cooked

Remove and slice.

Tasty Goodness

This pizza was out of this world.  It was rich and delicious.  Totally fitting for Jack Falcone!

 

The Jack Falcone Pizza
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Recipe type: Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
The ultimate pizza for any undercover agent.
Ingredients
  • 1 pizza dough
  • ½ cup caramelized onions (see recipe and ingredients below)
  • ½ cup sauteed mushrooms (see recipe and ingredients below)
  • 3 oz bacon, crispy and cut into bits
  • Garlic oil (see recipe and ingredients below)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
Caramelized Onions
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 tbs butter
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
Sauteed Mushrooms
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 2 tbs butter
  • salt and pepper
Garlic Oil
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
Instructions
The Pizza
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees or use a kettle pizza. I am using the kettle pizza as I can heat it up to 750 degrees plus and have pizzas ready in about 4 minutes. However, if you are using your oven at 450 degrees it will take roughly 15 minutes per pie.
  2. Dust a pizza peel or pizza pan with fine cornmeal. Then toss your pizza dough to a size that fits your pizza pan/pizza stone.
  3. Coat lightly with the garlic oil.
  4. Then sprinkle the crust with the mozzarella cheese. Then top with the caramelized onions, mushrooms and bacon. Finally drop the crumbled goat cheese over the top.
  5. Bake in a standard oven at 450 degrees for roughly 15 minutes.
  6. Remove and slice.
  7. This pizza was out of this world. It was rich and delicious. Totally fitting for Jack Falcone!
Caramelized Onions
  1. The caramelized onions take the longest time. However, they are pretty simple. Add 3tbs of vegetable oil and 3 tbs of butter to a large pan over medium/high heat.
  2. Slice a large onion into half rings and place into the pan with a touch of salt and pepper.
  3. Stir the onions and allow to caramelize. Cook until the onions turn a golden to dark brown, roughly 25 minutes.
  4. If the onions start to stick while you are caramelizing them, add a tbs of water to deglaze. You may have to do this multiple times during the cooking process.
  5. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
Sauteed Mushrooms
  1. Add the mushrooms.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender and just start to brown, about 12 minutes.
  3. Add the broth bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, roughly 12 minutes.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.
Garlic Oil
  1. In a small pan heat 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 5-6 cloves of garlic.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer. When the garlic is slightly browned remove it and you have a tasty garlic oil.
  3. Roughly 5 minutes.
 

 

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Rex

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

4 Comments

  1. What, no sauce? That's kooky talk!
    It really does look delicious, though. And I'm a sucker for caramelized onions. Nice recipe.

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