When you have kids, you have many “events” to attend. Most of these functions include a serving of pizza along with a cake or some cupcakes. Most of the pizza served at these functions is delivered and the parents running the event don’t really have a lot of options to choose from. After 8+ years of this, I can honestly say I am tired of pizza and I am really picky about it should I choose to eat it. Thus, if and when you happen to see a pizza here you will notice it’s not your typical pepperoni or cheese pie –– it’s a little more grown-up and includes some fresh farmers market produce.
This week I was inspired by Kala’s Kuisine Award-Winning Spinach Pesto –– if you are short on time and in the area –– I highly recommend picking some up. In a pinch, you could certainly use that on this pizza but since we ate ours before we could walk in the door (it’s THAT good!) and I had some fresh spinach from Johnson’s Backyard Garden on hand, I made some of my own for this Spinach Pesto & Bacon Pizza. My five year old can be difficult to please at times and if he had his way, he’d want to live off pizza so when serving this to him I was apprehensive. Remember he used to have a “thing” about green things? And he is a pepperoni-only kind of kid. He put on his apron to help me make the pizza and talked about not wanting green stuff to touch his slice. Acting like I didn’t hear him –– we moms are good at tuning out –– I quickly spread the spinach pesto out onto the dough, topped it off with mozzarella cheese and B-A-C-O-N and threw it in the oven before he could repeat himself. He waited, watched through the oven window, and ooh-ed and ahh-ed. Once it was ready, I simply sliced it, let him pick “his” piece, and served it up. He ate it while continuing his ooh’s and ahh’s and then wait for it … asked for a second slice.