The last two weeks I've featured chicken pizzas, and, while yummy and not overly fru-fru, Hubs was hankerin' for something a bit more manly and with a totally different taste. I have no idea if this has been done before, so I certainly don't claim any rights to this recipe, but I haven't seen it on any menus and it's not in my CPK Cookbook. So, for now, I'll just say that jalapeno poppers inspired me to try out this classic combo for our weekly Pizza Night.
Pizza crust of your choosing (I'm sorry to say I still haven't made my own; I found a recipe to try, but I haven't invested in the equipment yet)
8 oz cream cheese (try 1/3 fat to lighten things up)
1 packet Hidden Valley spicy ranch salad dressing
1/2 - 3/4 cup sliced jalapenos (more or less, depending on your tolerance for heat)
6 slices bacon, fried, drained, and crumbled
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
Preheat oven to 425. If using your own pizza dough, pre-bake crust according to your recipe.
Mix cream cheese and ranch dressing until well combined. Spread evenly on pizza crust. Make extra for a fabulous dip to enjoy on veggies or chips!
Top cream cheese with jalapenos and crumbled bacon. Sprinkle shredded cheese over all.
Bake for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice and enjoy! This would also make a fabulous appetizer if sliced into bite-sized pieces!