For a fun twist on pizza night, try our recipe for BLT pizza. All the classic elements are here: smoky bacon, crisp lettuce and sweet tomato. And since every BLT needs mayo, the base of this BLT pizza is a creamy white sauce made with Miracle Whip.
Yes, we know using Miracle Whip vs. mayo on a BLT is up for debate. The two condiments are different beasts. Miracle Whip is sweeter than mayo, and that extra flavor works well with this pizza. We jazz up the Miracle Whip with herbs and spices, and it becomes a delicious pizza sauce.
This recipe easily scales up, so you can feed a group without much extra effort. And salad is already included, so it’s basically a complete meal in itself!
Ingredients for BLT Pizza
- Pizza crust: This recipe does just fine with a convenient prebaked pizza crust. However, if you want to make one yourself, we have a great recipe for homemade pizza dough.
- Miracle Whip: The sweetness and spice in Miracle Whip taste great in this pizza sauce, but you can use regular mayo if you prefer. Here are our Test Kitchen’s picks for best mayonnaise.
- Seasonings: We season Miracle Whip with basil, garlic and onion to make the base pizza sauce.
- Bacon: Use your favorite style and cut of bacon. And sure, turkey bacon counts! Here’s how to cook bacon for perfect results every time.
- Cheese: We use equal amounts of shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Cheese that you grate yourself always tastes and melts better than pre-shredded cheese, but pre-shredded is perfectly fine (and easier) to use.
- Lettuce and tomatoes: It wouldn’t be a BLT without these. Use shredded crisp romaine or iceberg lettuce to top the pizza, or go a different route with pretty leafy greens like kale and baby arugula. For tomatoes, use ripe on-the-vine tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes if they’re in season, or halved cherry or grape tomatoes.
Step 1: Make the sauce
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the crust in an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. In a small bowl, stir together the Miracle Whip, basil, garlic powder and onion powder. Spread the sauce over the crust.
Step 2: Bake the pizza
Set aside 1/4 cup bacon. Sprinkle the cheeses and remaining bacon on top of the pizza. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until the cheese gets melty and bubbly.
Step 3: Top with lettuce and tomatoes
Top the pizza with lettuce, tomatoes and reserved bacon. Cut pizza into wedges, and serve.
- Try a flavored crust: Use a flavored pizza dough like garlic, whole-wheat, or Parmesan for a spike of savory flavor.
- Try a different sauce: Swap in ranch dressing for a tasty white pizza sauce, or try traditional pizza sauce for a robust tomato-y flavor.
- Swap in different cheeses: Make it smoky with smoked mozzarella or smoked cheddar.
- Add other toppings: What else do you like on your BLT sandwiches? Avocado, crisp radishes, sprouts, cooked chicken or turkey—anything and everything can go on a BLT pizza.
How long does BLT pizza last?
This BLT pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
How do you reheat BLT pizza?
Leftover pizza tastes great cold, but if you want to reheat it, first remove all the fresh toppings (lettuce, tomatoes and bacon garnish). Reheat the pizza in the microwave, oven or toaster oven, then add the fresh vegetables and remaining bacon again.
BLT Pizza Tips
Does bacon have to be cooked before adding it to pizza?
Yes, bacon should be cooked before adding it to this or any pizza. This pizza isn’t in the oven long enough to cook raw bacon on the crust, nor does the oven get hot enough to crisp up the bacon. To be safe, cook the bacon first.
How do you make the bottom of a pizza crispy in the oven?
To make the bottom of your pizza stay crispy in the oven, use a nonstick metal pizza pan with air holes or a geometric design to allow airflow. You can also cook your pizza crust on a pizza stone, but if you’re using a prebaked crust, it’s not necessary.