Thursday, May 7, 2015

BLT Puff Pastry Pizza

We all have those days-weeks-months that are complete and total whirlwinds.  During those times meals that are quick and easy are the name of the game.  Elaborate, time consuming meals are out of the question, and well, sometimes even trips to the grocery store aren't possibly.

Which is exactly what has happened in our lives the past few weeks.  The past month, specifically the past two weeks have been a whirlwind.  I was given the opportunity to cater an event.  My first event actually!

I was shocked, beyond flattered and a little nervous and oh, so very excited!

That event took place this past Tuesday.  So the past few weeks have been spent finalizing the menu, several trips to the store, chopping more tomatoes than I want to think about, and planning the time line.  And everything else (even the blog) has taken a back seat.

I'm sorry, I tried to get it together and share some recipes with y'all, but to be honest, my brain was shot and if I did share something with you I'm not sure if it would make sense or if the recipe would be complete.  So, instead, the blog took a back seat and for that I'm sorry.  But, I'm back now and here with a quick and easy recipe that made an appearance during all the chaos!

Oh, I guess you probably want to know how the event went.  Well, it was amazing.  It was a lot of work, a lot of preparation and well, I did stress a bit about how much to make.  But, in the end it turned out amazing.  All the food was made, it all made it to the serving trays, there was plenty of it, and most importantly everyone was pleased.
So, that's what I've been up to recently and that's why I've been MIA.  So, I'm here now to share a super easy and very tasty meal with you.  One that comes together quickly and requires just a few simple ingredients.

Buttery, flaky puff pastry topped with chive and onion cream cheese spread, followed by bacon, peppery arugula and ripe, juicy tomatoes.
Since this pizza utilizes puff pastry instead of a traditional pizza dough it comes together in a matter of minutes, no rising time or kneading required.  While the puff pastry is baking the rest of the ingredients can be prepped.  Once the dough is finished baking all that needs to be done is add the spread, bacon, tomatoes and arugula.  Slice and enjoy!

BLT Puff Pastry Pizza

1 Sheet Pepperidge Farm puff pastry
4 Oz (1/2 container) Chive and onion Philadelphia cream cheese spread
5 Strips, thick cut bacon cooked and crumbled
1 Cup loosely packed arugula
1/2 Cup grape tomatoes, halved


Preheat oven to 400.  Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

Remove one sheet of puff pastry from the package and unfold.  If the "seems" pull apart while unfolding, gently pinch them back together.  Place on the prepared baking sheet.  Place in the preheated oven and cook for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly, about 5-7 minutes.

Spread the cream cheese over the slightly cooled puff pastry.  Sprinkle bacon, arugula and tomatoes evenly over the cream cheese.  Cut and enjoy.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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