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I’ve seen so many yummy recipes using Pork Belly however it’s one of those things I haven’t had any experience with.  I was shopping at Costco recently and came across a package of Pork Belly that was already sliced.  It looked almost like bacon but for the fact that it was cut into thick slabs.  I wasn’t sure what I could do with it since it was already cut but I thought why not give it a try.  One of my favorite pizza’s is a potato leek pizza that I usually make with bacon so I thought I would substitute the pork belly for the bacon and see how that turned out.  Pork belly tastes quite different, you don’t get the smoky salty flavors of bacon.  But I do think it goes quite well with this particular pizza, the tender chunks of pork belly matched with slices of fried potatoes, sauteed leeks and melted mozzarella make one savory slice of deliciousness.
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My favorite pizza in the whole world is Dion’s Pepperoni and Green Chile pizza.  Named the “505” this slice of heaven is New Mexico’s most popular pizza.  Dion’s is a New Mexico favorite serving pizza, subs and salads for as long as I can remember.  I’ve been craving it for the longest time and decided it was time to make my own because Dion’s wasn’t going to deliver all the way to Kansas!  I can make pizza and I can make pepperoni pizza but I wasn’t so sure this pizza would look or taste like Dion’s unless I found the right green chile.  I finally found what I was hunting for in a brick of frozen Hatch diced green chile at our local Sprouts store.  When you thaw it, it is submerged in chile juice.  It is meaty and a bit lighter in color than the chile that I have roasted and packaged at home.  It was perfect and tasted so good with a little kick of heat. If you ever have the chance to visit a Dion’s, make sure to order a side of ranch dressing to go with your pizza.  It’s tradition to dip or drizzle your pizza with ranch, until you’ve tried it you can’t know how good it is!
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Awhile back Joe took me out for pizza where I found this Hawaiian pizza on the menu with a sweet chili tomato sauce.  The sauce caught my attention and I was a bit skeptical if I would like it or not.  To my surprise it was amazing!  The sauce was the key to this pizza, a slightly sweet sauce that complimented the Canadian bacon and fresh pineapple flavors.  I knew from the first bite that I had to recreate this at home.  I have to say I enjoyed my homemade version as much if not more than the restaurant’s version.  If you like to try new things, give this pizza a try, I think you’ll like it!
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