Rachel Ray is one of my most significant cooking influences. She seems down to earth, she makes mistakes and laughs about them, and most importantly, she makes really good food. I am most often impressed with how Rachel takes one meal and turns it into another. For example, one time she took a Sloppy Joe recipe and created a Manicotti Bake! Rachel has inspired me to turn a number of traditional recipes into pizza during my 52 Pizzas project. This week I took Rachael Ray’s Bacon, Lettuce and Fried Green Tomato Sliders (BLFGT Sliders) recipe and made it into a delicious pizza.
I varied Rachael’s recipe some, but kept the bacon, burger and fried green tomatoes consistent. Green tomatoes were in our food collective contents this week and I was excited to make fried green tomatoes. Following Rachael’s instructions for frying the tomatoes was pretty easy as were the instructions for the burger part. However, I cooked the meaty mixture in a pan rather than molding it into burger shapes. I mixed salsa with my favorite store bought marinara and spread it on the dough. Then I sprinkled on mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, loaded on the burger mix, fried green tomatoes and lastly the bacon. This pizza was definitely a success! The fried green tomatoes were delicious and Andrew and I have decided that bacon is one of our favorite toppings on pizza. All of the flavors together tasted fantastic, thanks Rachael!