In Julie Powell’s book Julie and Julia, there are a couple of references to Domino’s bacon-jalapeño pizza. This must have been a special, because it’s no longer on the Domino’s web site, although I did find the Bacon Cheeseburger Feast pizza and the Steak Fanatic Pizza:
The Steak Fanatic Pizza combines guys’ ultimate food cravings — steak and pizza — into one delicious arrangement. The new Steak Fanatic Pizza is crafted with Domino’s signature hand-stretched dough piled with Angus steak — on top of more steak — and smothered in American and provolone cheeses.
This pie is also described as “man-fuel,” and you can add extra steak for $2. In conjunction with the Steak Fanatic pizza, Domino’s also introduced the Domino’s Pizza Steak Fanatic Pizza Couch. I’m still not joking. The couch is not made out of steak, which is total bullshit.
Anyway, Iris loves pizza, bacon, and chiles of all kinds, and I sure liked the idea of bacon-jalapeño pizza, so I decided to make some. Everything you need to make this pie is at Trader Joe’s. Get their new cornmeal pizza dough, a jar of pickled jalapeños, a package of low-moisture whole-milk mozzarella, some Niman Ranch bacon, and the tomato sauce of your choice. This isn’t exactly what I did, because I already had some bacon and spaghetti sauce in the fridge, and I forgot the mozzarella.
Preheat the oven to 500°F with a pizza stone or tiles on the bottom rack. Slice three rashers of bacon crosswise into half-inch pieces. Cook it in a pan until just starting to crisp, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
The cornmeal dough tears easily, so you can’t fling it in the air, but it’s a snap to roll out with a rolling pin. Roll it out thin on a sheet of parchment and then cut off the excess. Top the pizza with sauce, shredded mozzarella, and a liberal dose of bacon and jalapeños (I didn’t use enough of either). Bake for seven minutes or until the cheese is browning and bubbly. Iris loved it, though not as much as Laurie did.
I considered taking this in a more Southwestern direction by putting chili powder in the sauce or something, but decided that would be veering into Domino’s Taco Fiend Pizza territory. Probably a crumble of Mexican hard cheese over the top wouldn’t hurt, though. I did try fresh jalapeños against pickled, and pickled won hands-down.
Now, I’m going to collapse on my Steak Lover’s Couch and take a nap.