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Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Goat Cheese Pizza. Homemade pizza dough topped with fresh summer tomatoes, tangy goat cheese, crisp bacon, basil, lots of melty cheese, and sweet and delicious caramelized shallots. Oh, and some fresh thyme and chili flakes too. Once the pizza is just out of the oven, finish with fresh basil. If you love a cheesy pizza, this is about to become a new weeknight dinner staple. Serve this cheesy pizza right out of the oven for a truly simple dinner that everyone will love.

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With all the dark days and rain we’ve had, I can’t help it, I’m slightly excited for fall. Am I ready for it? No, I really haven’t had nearly enough of summer. But still, part of me is excited for cozy days and pumpkin spice.

But not anytime too soon. We’ll ease into cooler temps with simple, slightly richer, recipes like today’s pizza. I wouldn’t say this is specifically a fall recipe. But the cheesy factor definitely makes it comfort food, which I love, all year-round.

This brings me to this pizza.

It’s a combination of all the things I’m loving right now. Summer produce, fresh herbs, simplicity, and apparently lots of carbs and cheese!

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Here are the details

It’s no secret that I love shallots. I think they work so well in so many recipes. They add a subtly sweet flavor that’s never overpowering, but also complimentary. They’re less intense than an onion. I love to use them with recipes that are deeply savory but could use a touch of sweetness, like pizza.

I also love balancing their sweetness with saltiness, enter the bacon. The caramelized shallots and crisp bacon are a wonderful flavor combination that’s always unexpected, yet so delicious.

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Start with caramelizing the shallots. It’s way easier than you’d think. We’re going to allow the shallots to cook undisturbed in olive oil with fresh thyme. The shallots will get a nice caramelization on the bottom and soften all around.

They smell delicious as they cook. They taste slightly sweet, salty, and just a little bit buttery. You will love them. 

The rest is assembly. Fresh pizza dough topped with fig preserves. I know this is not a usual pizza topping, but very delicious with the salty bacon, sweet shallots, and pinch of chili flakes. Trust me.

Then fresh summer tomatoes. For the tomato, I like to grate it on a box grater to really break it down into a sauce. Then toss it with garlic and salt, simple. Just let the flavors of the tomato shine.

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Next, add the goat cheese, then layer on fresh basil, and crisp bacon. Top with mozzarella and add the shallots last. I like to leave the shallots for the top of the pizza. This allows them to get crispy in the oven.

Throw the pizza in the oven and cook until the cheese is bubbling up and the crust is golden.

Top with lots of fresh basil, slice, eat, and enjoy!! This is definitely one of my favorite pizzas right now. It’s honestly good for any time of year. It would be especially fun for upcoming game nights! So crazy that football season is about to start back up soon!

Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Goat Cheese Pizza |

Looking for other pizza recipes? Here are some favorites:

White Corn Pizza

Pesto Zucchini and Peach Pizza with Burrata

Pull Apart Roasted Garlic Pizza Dip Sliders

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Easy Sheet Pan Tomato Herb Pizza

Lastly, if you make this Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Goat Cheese Pizza, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!


Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Goat Cheese Pizza

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 267 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.
    2. In a skillet, combine the olive oil, shallots, and thyme, cook over medium heat until the oil is hot. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook 10-20 minutes, until the shallots are very soft and caramelized. Stir and cook another 5 minutes. Add the chili flakes. Remove from the heat.
    3. On a lightly floured surface, push the dough out until it's thin (about a 10-12 inch circle). Transfer the dough to a baking sheet. Mix the grated tomato with the garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread the fig preserves and tomatoes over the dough. Add the goat cheese, bacon, and basil. Top with mozzarella. Pull the shallots apart and arrange them over the cheese.
    4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil. Slice and enjoy!
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  1. 4 stars
    This is by far my husband and my favorite pizza. We buy premade Cauliflower crusts to save time. We probably overdo it with the bacon and cheese, adding extra, but you really can’t go wrong with this pizza.

    1. Hey Elizabeth,
      Happy Sunday!!❄️ I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it out and sharing your feedback! xx

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Sunday!!❄️ I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it out and sharing your feedback! xx

  2. 5 stars

    This was by far the best homemade pizza I’ve ever made! My husband and I had a hard time not completely devouring the whole thing. The touch of sweetness from the fig preserves paired with the crispy bacon…DELICIOUS.

    Do yourself a favor and make this one this week!

    1. Hey Selena,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! Happy Tuesday! 🎄

  3. 5 stars This pizza is amazing. The flavors are different than any pizza I’ve had, in a great way. I nearly skipped the fig preserves because it sounded odd to me and I’m so glad I went outside my comfort zone – it was sublime!

    I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter except I sautéed the shallots in the bacon grease (I know, I know) along with a few mushrooms for my husbands half of the pizza. I also used the tubed basil instead of fresh because I forgot to pick some up, and I just stirred that into the tomato jam/sauce and spread on the pizza. It was so good we made two!

    1. Hey Meredith,
      Wonderful!!🎄 I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it and sharing your review! xx

    1. Hey Crystal,
      Amazing!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for making it! Have the best weekend!❄️

  4. Question! Not the biggest fan of goat cheese. What cheese would you recommend as a substitute that would pair nicely with the rest of the ingredients?

    1. Hey Emma,
      Feta or blue cheese would also be great to use here! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you! xT

  5. 5 stars
    This pizza is incredibly delicious! So many flavors that just work perfectly together. It has to be one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had, including at restaurants. I will definitely be adding this to my list of go-to meals. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

    1. Hey Annie,
      Happy Sunday! 🎃 So glad to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for making it and sharing your feedback! xx

  6. 5 stars
    This is truly so delicious. I have made it four times now. I follow the recipe exactly, except I substituted prosciutto for bacon the first three times. I find it hard to finish off a pack of bacon because it’s just my boyfriend and I. We absolutely love this pizza and crave this all the time. I had bought bacon for another recipe with the idea of finishing off the pack by making this as called for. While it was still very tasty, I have to say we much prefer using prosciutto. The bacon added this smoky almost bbq’y taste (and I used uncured bacon), where the prosciutto has that sharp saltiness. It really compliments the sweetness of the fig and tang of the goat cheese. I quickly fry it in the oil from the shallot and cut or tear it into strips. If we had made it with bacon the first time I don’t think we would have been as keen to make it again. Still definitely a 5 out of 5.

    1. Hey Kayla,
      Happy Sunday! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Thanks so much for your kind message! xTieghan

    1. Hi Tammie,
      Fantastic! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was tasty for you, thanks for making it and sharing your review:) xx

  7. 5 stars
    My husband and I love “gourmet” pizza combinations, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Delicious! It’s definitely going in my recipe notebook. I have never had fig preserves on pizza (even though I’ve had some crazy good things), but this was such a nice touch. Another fabulous HBH recipe! While I don’t usually create recipes like you do, I do enjoy the creativity of trying new dishes each week. You have been my go-to for recipes for the last couple of years. Thank you for sharing your talent/gift! ?

    1. Hey Leslie,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled to hear that it was a winner! Thanks so much for your kind message and making so many recipes:) xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Soooooooooooo good! I would never have thought of the combo of grated tomato + fig preserves as the “sauce” on a pizza but it’s amazing, and then those caramelized shallots!! We had shallots from our garden so I feel like that made it even yummier. Thanks for sharing, this is so yummy!

  9. 5 stars
    Absolutely incredible! Genius really. The sweet with the goat cheese and the basil and the shallots. Best pizza I’ve ever made. I was zero percent surprised because it’s one of your recipes and they are all outstanding. I’m currently cooking my way through everything of yours! Super impressed and thank you for your time and sharing everything you create!

    1. Hi Jacie,
      Amazing!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    This is an AMAZING pizza!! The flavors compliment each other perfectly!!! The fig preserves make an amazing base for this pizza!!

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Amazing!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan