California Pizza Kitchen, known within the food industry as CPK, is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza. The restaurant was started in 1985 by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in Beverly Hills, California. The chain is widely known for its innovative and non traditional pizzas, such as the "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza", BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also serve various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. They have an extensive children's menu for children ages 10 and under which includes a variety of different pizzas, pastas, salad, and chicken.
The chain has over 230 locations in 32 US states and eleven other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls. The company licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas, in 2000.; Nestlé purchased Kraft's pizza lines in 2010.
Brussels and Bacon Pizza
The Brussels and Bacon Pizza is topped with sweet caramelized onions, smoked bacon, Romano and creamy goat cheese with black pepper. It contains Brussels sprouts that have been hand-separated, tossed in olive oil and charred to give a crispy and sweet texture that complements the other ingredients.
1 package store bought crust
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Romano cheese
1 cup goat cheese
10 brussels sprouts, leave cut off
4 slices cooked bacon, broken into bite sized pieces
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
On a large baking sheet, roll out the prepared pizza dough. Slather on the olive oil, minced garlic and cheeses. Toss the sliced onions and brussel sprouts in olive oil to caramelize. Place the mixture on top of the cheese. Place the pizza into the oven for 10-12 minutes until the cheese begins to bubble and the crust is fully cooked. Remove from oven and season with salt and pepper and top with the bacon bits. Let cool for a hot second or two and serve.