Recipe: Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Flatbread

Nov 19, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Appetizer Recipes, Main Course Recipes, Recipes
Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Flatbread with Sage Garnish

Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Flatbread with Sage Garnish

Good Heavens! Every now and then I create a dish that blows me away a little. It is with great pleasure that I share this amazing flat bread recipe with you. Please make it for someone you love.

I got the idea for this from a couple different food magazines. Theirs were completely different, but both called for apples. I decided to toss my apples with fresh sage and olive oil, and then grill them to caramelized perfection; add some whole wheat dough, some spicy candied bacon, more sage, some fontina and Gruyere cheese, and call the whole thing done. These are bold Fall flavors at their finest. This, my friends, is a keeper and in my top list.

Ingredients Needed to Make Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Flat Bread

  • 16 ounces (1 pound) prepared whole wheat pizza dough
  • 2 large Fuji apples
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped sage, plus whole leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 5-6 tablespoons
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 6 slices thick cut peppered bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt

How to Make Candied Bacon

Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of kosher salt in a large ramekin or small bowl to make a rub. Stir with fork until evenly mixed.

Candied Bacon Rub

Candied Bacon Rub

Place bacon slices on a broiler pan or baking sheet with a wire rack.

Thick Sliced Bacon on Broiling Rack

Thick Sliced Bacon on Broiling Rack

Sprinkle all the rub over the bacon slices, spreading with fingers to evenly coat.

Sprinkle Rub on Bacon

Sprinkle Rub on Bacon

Bacon with Rub

Bacon with Rub

Spread Rub Evenly Across Bacon

Spread Rub Evenly Across Bacon

Place bacon in a 350° oven and bake for 25 minutes. I cooked mine in my toaster oven.

Remove from oven and allow to cool to warm. Cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.

How to Prepare Ingredients for Making Grilled Fall Flavored Flatbread

While bacon is cooking, prepare all the other ingredients so you can quickly assemble flatbreads on the grill. Start by grating the cheeses, placing in a bowl, and tossing with fingers to combine the two.

Fontina and Gruyere Cheese

Fontina and Gruyere Cheese

Mix Shredded Cheeses by Hand

Mix Shredded Cheeses by Hand

Cut the whole wheat dough in half, and roll out on a floured surface into two long thin strips. I used whole wheat dough instead of white for the added chew and flavor it provides. Please use whole wheat dough if possible, as it just won’t be the same made with white.

Roll out Dough for Flatbreads

Roll out Dough for Flatbreads

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How to Grill Apples on the BBQ Grill

Slice apples into quarters, core, then slice each quarter into fourths lengthwise. Place in a bowl and drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add 2 teaspoons of chopped sage, 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, and black pepper to taste, then toss to evenly coat apple slices with olive oil.

Toss Apples with Oil and Sage

Toss Apples with Oil and Sage

Place apple slices on a hot grill, with burners on high. Grill for about 5 minutes, then turn with tongs to grill the other side of the slices. You should probably check them about half way through to make sure that they are not burning.

Place Apples on Hot Grill

Place Apples on Hot Grill

Cook for another 5 minutes once flipped, then remove with tongs and place in the same bowl you tossed with oil in. Set aside. Note: as they cook, the grilled apples will get soft, and develop beautiful caramelized grill lines on them.

Grilled Apples on the BBQ

Grilled Apples on the BBQ

Caramelized Grill Lines on Cooked Apples

Caramelized Grill Lines on Cooked Apples

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How to Assemble Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Flatbread on the BBQ Grill

Now for the fun stuff. Drizzle a couple tablespoons of olive oil on the rolled out flatbread dough, and spread to coat.

Drizzle Olive Oil on Rolled Flatbread

Drizzle Olive Oil on Rolled Flatbread

Place the dough, oiled side down, on a hot grill with burners on high.

Place Flatbread Dough on Hot Grill

Place Flatbread Dough on Hot Grill

Grill for a few minutes until grill lines appear and dough is solid and somewhat crispy on the bottom.

Grill Lines on Flatbread

Grill Lines on Flatbread

Flip the flatbreads over with tongs and reduce the burners to low. Spread cheese evenly across the two flatbreads, then top with grilled apples, chopped candied bacon, and remaining teaspoon of chopped sage. Close grill lid, and cook for about 5 minutes or so, or until the cheese has melted and the dough is crunchy with good grill lines on it.

Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Cooking on the Grill

Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Cooking on the Grill

Slide flatbreads off the grill and onto a cutting board. Add the reserved sage leaves across the flatbreads as garnish. Slice and serve hot. So bloody delicious!!!

Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Cooking Sliced and Plated

Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Cooking Sliced and Plated

 

Recipe by Jothan Yeager, November 2012

 

The Bald Gourmet makes an amazing Fall flavored grilled flatbread, using the bounties of the recent apple harvest for inspiration.

 

Recipe: Grilled Apple and Candied Bacon Flatbread
 
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It is with great pleasure that I share this amazing flat bread recipe with you. I toss my apples with fresh sage and olive oil, and then grill them to caramelized perfection; add some whole wheat dough, some spicy candied bacon, more sage, some fontina and Gruyere cheese, and call the whole thing done. These are bold Fall flavors at their finest. This, my friends, is a keeper and in my top list.
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Recipe type: Appetizer; Main Course
Servings: 4

Ingredients
  • 16 ounces (1 pound) prepared whole wheat pizza dough
  • 2 large Fuji apples
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped sage, plus whole leaves for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 5-6 tablespoons
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 6 slices thick cut peppered bacon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of kosher salt in a large ramekin or small bowl to make a rub. Stir with fork until evenly mixed.
  2. Place bacon slices on a broiler pan or baking sheet with a wire rack.
  3. Sprinkle all the rub over the bacon slices, spreading with fingers to evenly coat.
  4. Place bacon in a 350° oven and bake for 25 minutes. (a toaster oven works as well)
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool to warm. Cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.
  6. While bacon is cooking, prepare all the other ingredients so you can quickly assemble flatbreads on the grill. Start by grating the cheeses, placing in a bowl, and tossing with fingers to combine the two.
  7. Cut the whole wheat dough in half, and roll out on a floured surface into two long thin strips. I use whole wheat dough instead of white for the added chew and flavor it provides. Please use whole wheat dough if possible, as it just won’t be the same made with white.
  8. Slice apples into quarters, core, then slice each quarter into fourths lengthwise.
  9. Place apples in a bowl and drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add 2 teaspoons of chopped sage, ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, and black pepper to taste, then toss to evenly coat apple slices with olive oil.
  10. Place apple slices on a hot grill, with burners on high. Grill for about 5 minutes, then turn with tongs to grill the other side of the slices. You should probably check them about half way through to make sure that they are not burning.
  11. Cook for another 5 minutes once flipped, then remove with tongs and place in the same bowl you tossed with oil in. Set aside. Note: as they cook, the grilled apples will get soft, and develop beautiful caramelized grill lines on them.
  12. Now for the fun stuff. Drizzle a couple tablespoons of olive oil on the rolled out flatbread dough, and spread to coat.
  13. Place the dough, oiled side down, on a hot grill with burners on high.
  14. Grill for a few minutes until grill lines appear and dough is solid and somewhat crispy on the bottom.
  15. Flip the flatbreads over with tongs and reduce the burners to low. Spread cheese evenly across the two flatbreads, then top with grilled apples, chopped candied bacon, and remaining teaspoon of chopped sage. Close grill lid, and cook for about 5 minutes or so, or until the cheese has melted and the dough is crunchy with good grill lines on it.
  16. Slide flatbreads off the grill and onto a cutting board. Add the reserved sage leaves across the flatbreads as garnish.
  17. Slice and serve hot. So bloody delicious!!!

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