This Kentucky Hot brown pizza takes comfort food to a whole new level! This fun twist on the classic open-faced sandwich includes a rich cheese sauce, plus smoked turkey, bacon, and thinly sliced tomatoes all baked to perfection on a delicious crust.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Then prepare the sauce: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the heavy cream and romano cheese. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer.
Simmer for 10. minutes, or until the mixture has thickened, stirring frequently. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg then set aside while you prepare the crust:
If you are using a pizza stone, then be sure to place the stone in the oven when the oven is cold and allow it to preheat along with the oven.
For the crust: Pour the warm water into the bottom of a large bowl. If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, then use the mixer bowol.Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow it to dissolve slightly (for about 1 minute). Add the rest of the ingredients in and mix.
Add the sugar, salt, and oil. gently stir. Add the flour in ½ cup at a time using a mixer with a dough hook to mix after each addition. Continue adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky and forms a nice ball in the bottom of the bowl. You may not use all of the flour. (if you don't have a mixer with a dough hook, simply mix the dough with a heavy spoon or spatula until the dough holds it's shape. Then, turn the it out onto a floured surface and kned the dough for 3-5 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is no longer sticky.)
Spread the dough out onto a 14-16 inch circle and place it on a baking sheet or preheated pizza stone.
Spread half of the sauce onto the pizza dough. Top with the turkey, then the remaining sauce.
Sprinkle the bacon over the pizza. Place the thinly sliced tomatoes evenly over the pizza.
Bake for around 12-15 minutes until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned and the tomatoes are nicley roasted.
Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with paprika, chopped parsley, and additional romano cheese if desired. Then, slice and serve!