I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Now that all the hustle and bustle has come to an end it’s back to reality! As we reflect on the year that is about to pass, I can’t help but think how quickly it goes by. I start thinking about the year ahead and how I can change and improve different elements in my life. One of the main things that I will be working on is organization! I am naturally a free-spirit and have never really lived by the confines of a regimen, having a daily schedule or to-do list is something a bit foreign to me. Don’t get me wrong, I have made lists before as well as to-do list, but I have never made a to-do list for my to-do list or really stuck to it! This is something I am about to change! I am actually excited in many ways. One of the main reasons for this new found organization is to not let things sneak up on me at the last minute then scuffle to get it all together, I have done this all year – not cool. What are some things that you will try to improve upon in the coming year?
Now to the pizza! I make pizza at least once every two-week if not every week. I always have my favorite pizza dough
on hand in the freezer. I love BBQ chicken pizza it’s one of my very favorites! Aside from my Chicken Ranch Pizza this one comes in at a close second! I like to use homemade bbq sauce for this pizza but any will do. I hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we do!
2/3 cup chicken, cooked and chopped
1/2 to 2/3 cup of shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese
1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup bbq sauce
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
Place a baking stone on the lower rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees for at least 30 minutes.
Shape the pizza dough into a 12-inch round shape. Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper. Spread the bbq sauce evenly over the bottom of the pizza crust. Evenly layer the chicken, red onions and cheese. Using the back of a cutting board or a pizza peel carefully transfer the parchment paper onto the baking stone. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let the pizza cool for a minute or two before slicing.
Here it is the recipe you have all been waiting for! Let me just say this pizza is the bomb! We have had it twice within 4 days if that tells you anything! Jacob had 3 pieces tonight and still wanted more. Through my short time as a blogger I am still learning all about food photography and everything that goes along with it. I am quickly learning that if the sun is not cooperating then you are…how do I say this…screwed. I worked so hard to get this pizza ready before the sun went down and I almost made it almost;) This picture is not everything I want it to be but it’s not as bad as some of my others so it will do for now. I hope you like this pizza as much as we do! Enjoy!
1/2 to 1 whole chicken breast, cooked and diced
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 small to meium tomato, chopped
3/4 to 1 cups mozzarella cheese, preferably shredded by hand
1/2 cups cheddar cheese, preferably shredded by hand
Place a baking stone on the 2nd to last rack in your oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees for 30 minutes. Prepare pizza crust. Make sure your pizza dough is at room temperature. On a lightly floured surface pat your dough into a flat disk. Using a rolling pin begin rolling your pizza dough. Rolling outward while trying to maintain your round shape. Once your pizza dough is 10-12 inches in diameter carefully transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper that has been lightly dusted with cornmeal. Gently push the dough up around the edge to create the crust. Lightly brush the crust with olive oil.
To top the pizza. Evenly spread the ranch dressing on the pizza crust. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese on top of the ranch dressing. Next, sprinkle the chicken, tomatoes, and green onions on the pizza. Top the pizza with the remaining cheeses.
Slide a cutting board underneath the pizza and transfer the pizza and parchment paper onto the baking stone. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes before cutting.
If you were to ask me what my favorite all time food is I would have to answer pizza! In fact, I am not sure if I could survive in a world without it! Way, way back a long time ago I started experimenting by making my own pizza crust. They always seemed to turn out great. I found a recipe I was satisfied with…until I tried this particular recipe and I have not looked back since! Now, don’t get me wrong there are hundreds of pizza crust recipes and techniques out there. If you were to stop what you were doing and “google” homemade pizza dough you will see tons and tons of recipes. Why do I think this is the best recipe you ask? Well, it’s quite simple. I feel that the technique used to make this pizza crust produces a particularly airy quality that I have just not found before. Please, don’t take my word for it! Try it for yourself and you’ll see the difference! Enjoy!
Yields 1 Pizza Crust
1 tsp. active dry yeast
3/4 cups Warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. olive oil
Prepare your ingredients
Add the Warm (not lukewarm) water to a small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let sit for a few minutes.