grilled apple gorgonzola bacon pizza with fried sage leaves & bianca sauce

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Here’s another yummy, unique grilled pizza recipe that I made up. It’s so delicious! This would be perfect for a little party appetizer, served with a cold, yummy glass of riesling.

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For the Bianca Sauce:

We had a sauce similar to this creamy, rich, garlic ambrosia at Pizza Luce a couple weeks ago while on vacation! Pure Heaven!

1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Mix in the cheese, cream, salt and pepper and heat through, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. The sauce can be used immediately or kept warm over very low heat until ready to use.

For the toppings:

1/2 lb. thick-cut bacon, fried until crispy, cooled and crumbled

about 15 fried sage leaves (see recipe below)

1/2 of a large, firm tart-sweet apple, cut into little chunks (we love honey crisp)

1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

a drizzle of clover honey

coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

how to fry fresh sage leaves:

Pick fresh sage leaves from your herb garden. Wash them gently under cold water and gently pat them dry with a paper towel. Place them on a plate on your counter and allow them to “wilt” for 2 hours. (Or purchase fresh sage leaves and skip the wilting step.)

Heat an inch or two of canola or peanut oil in a skillet (don’t use olive oil for this… it will smoke and burn.)

When the oil is ready, a sage leaf will immediately start to sizzle when dropped into the oil. If your oil is too cool, your sage leaves will become soggy.

Gently drop about 6 sage leaves at a time into the hot oil. Working carefully and quickly, flip the leaves until fragrant and crispy (about 30 seconds per side, if that.) Remove from oil and place on a paper-towel lined plate. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Repeat with the rest of the sage leaves.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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