Jalapeno and Cream Cheese Pizza with Bacon

This Jalapeno and Cream Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Red Onion is hands down my favorite pizza and there is not one bit of red sauce to be found…a must try!

Bacon, Jalapeno, and Cream Cheese Pizza

I think this Jalapeno and Cream Cheese Pizza with Bacon is my current favorite of all time. I’m not kidding. I’m not a pizza aficionado by any means either so I would agree that I’ve not done a thorough study or comparison but this pizza won me over big.

My daughter Emily and I were actually going somewhere else when we happened to drive by  a new, local place that is a pizza-centric brewpub called Dads and Dudes Breweria.

We had been doing another day of heavy lifting before I put my house on the market a couple of years ago and as often happened during those weeks getting food on the table wasn’t happening and we were hungry girls. We saw their place, nixed our plans for more Mexican and the rest is history. It fueled us a couple of more times during the move; always a favorite we looked forward to.

Plans to meet a friend for dinner during that same time period saw me persuading begging her to try it out with me. I was not adventurous at all; I wanted THIS pie again and thankfully Jane not only was amenable but was also in agreement; it really is a great combination of ingredients.

Jane is something of a beer fan though so it didn’t take much persuasion; Dads and Dudes also makes their own beer. I would have to get Jane’s take on that part of it; I’m just coming around to enjoying beer and that’s because I’ve taken to some that are dark. But don’t ask me what I had; I was there for this pie and this pie only!

Bacon, Jalapeno, and Cream Cheese Pizza

I loved it enough that I had to re-create it so set about doing that. While I do love the mix of ingredients, it’s those little dollops of cream cheese that are scattered over the other ingredients that provide something I can only describe as an occasional (and wonderful) surprise.

When I decided to make it again last week after a long lapse, I was reminded of how fantastic this dish is, how much my photos needed an upgrade and how I thought lots of new readers might appreciate it if I posted it again.

I’ve learned a few things too; for instance I add the cream cheese dollops midway through baking to ward against melting too much because I like them as is. Emily preferred smearing the dollops over her slices when we were at the restaurant. To each their own right? I guess that’s a component you can play with to get your perfect result!

Bacon, Jalapeno, and Cream Cheese Pizza

One of the things that Dads and Dudes is most proud of, and rightly so, is their pizza dough. It was pretty perfect with some remnants of their beer making included in the process but for those of us making it at home, use whatever is your favorite recipe or packaged product.

I like a pizza dough that I get at the local Tony’s Market; it’s made by the Il Fornaio Restaurant group and available as either white or wheat dough. Some pizza shops will also sell balls of their dough to consumers…hmm, now wondering if the dudes do that; I’ll have to do some more homework won’t I?

Still my personal favorite dough is this Fifteen Minute Pizza Dough; fashioned a bit after beer bread; the combination of beer and yeast makes for a very fast rise and a dough ready to go in fifteen minutes. Yes, that works for me!

I can’t wait to try another of the pizzas at Dads and Dudes; thinking the Besto Pesto is next in line. Want to come with me?

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Bacon, Jalapeno, and Cream Cheese Pizza
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Jalapeno and Cream Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Red Onion

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6 -8 Slices
Calories:
Author: Creative Culinary

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough for one crust
  • Garlic Olive Oil or just smush a garlic clove in some olive oil and let it sit for a bit; drain and use the oil
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese
  • ¼ to ½ red onion sliced thin
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper membrane and seeds removed
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon cooked til not quite crisp and drained
  • 4 ozs cream cheese cut into cubes and rolled into balls about 3/4" diameter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Work your pizza dough into a greased pan.
  • Brush the surface of the pizza with the garlic olive oil.
  • Scatter the shredded cheese all over.
  • Scatter the red onion, jalapeno pepper and bacon on top of the cheese.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  • Dot the surface with the cream cheese balls and return the pizza to the oven.
  • Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until crust is lightly brown.

Notes

Cream cheese and ovens vary; if your cheese has not browned enough, just pass it under the broiler for a minute although I've found that even if not perfectly browned the time in the oven is enough for it to get warmed; that's what really matters!

Nutrition

Serving: 1grams

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38 Comments

  1. I made this pizza tonight for dinner – it’s delicious! I think the next time I make it I’ll use the same amount of cream cheese – but make the cream cheese balls much smaller – I really did enjoy this pizza though – yummm…… thanks for recreating it so those of us who don’t live nearby can enjoy something pretty darn similar to the pizza the brewpub serves.

  2. Bacon makes a superb pizza topping! I’ve never had it combined with cream cheese, though – the idea sounds totally tasty. And since you say it is, I know it is! Pizza is one of those things I rarely make because we have so many great pizza joints within a 5 minute drive of us, so we usually do take out. But none of them offer this combo of flavors, so it looks like I’ll have to finally make my own! Thanks for this.

    1. Maybe mascarpone would be better for Eric then, it melts onto the pizza; the warm little balls of cream cheese that I loved might not be loved as much. Seriously my new favorite…bet even great if you pick off the bacon!

    1. Good analogy Abbe…just enough but not too much either. My guests were amazed at how subtle the jalapeno were but removing the seeds and a bit of baking made them perfect!

  3. I will be making this pizza very soon – hopefully this week … yum! I’ve never thought to add cream cheese or jalapenos to a pizza – but why not ?? your pizza looks scrumptious…

    1. It was amazing and I’m so happy you carry that dough I love. I can make my own of course, but sometimes? Nice to have some in the fridge! Did you notice the post for a short rib sandwich I did last week. Now wonder where I got those short ribs huh? They were perfect!

  4. Now I’ve got to try this… I’ve NEVER had cream cheese on a pizza before and I am now thinking “well, duh.. that would be awesome!!” Wish I could join you for pizza and beer – will have to remember this place for the next time I’m in Denver!!

    1. For a bacon lover I would miss it but even if vegetarian it’s great. How do I know? Two leftover slices had nary a slice of the pig and they were still a great lunch.

  5. Yup, I AM coming with you! Sign me up for this pizza! I am curious about the cream cheese as I haven’t thought to add that to pizza. With this combination it looks like a winner. Can’t believe there is another hidden gem serving pizza and beer nearby that I haven’t tried. Let me know the next time you head in that direction and I’ll join you.

    1. I’m hoping we’re invited to do a food blogger review of some of their favorites; Emily, Jane and I were all impressed.

  6. That Pizza is calling me and I might just drive in snow and blizzards for that one! I won’t care if you would call me worse than those California drivers.. I WILL drive for that pizza.

  7. It was a great pizza!! The combination of flavors were perfect, the sweetness of the cream cheese marries beautifully with the heat of the jalapeno. I only wish the restaurant was closer to my house!
    Barb, the recipe and picture looks exactly like what we enjoyed.
    Not sure if you remember but Dads and Dudes Brewery use the spent grains from the brewing process in their pizza dough. I usually don’t eat the end of crust on pizza (trying to cut calories) but the dough was exceptional.
    I’ve got several very easy dough recipes I’ll share with you…quicker than running to Tony’s for dough:)
    Thank you for developing the recipe. We’ll have to go back and try some other pies…and have you develop the recipes for all of your readers to enjoy.

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