Chicken, Tomato, & Mozzarella Pizza6 Comments
This is another pizza night blog post, and in the interest of full disclosure I have to tell you that we had pizza twice in one week because…we’ll we’re big kids and we can do that if we want to. Not that any of that helps the guilty conscience in my head telling me that I was doing so well with my insanity diet up until pizza night number 2.
It was more a decision to save money than to actually eat pizza; I already had the dough (the recipe that I experimented with makes two pizza doughs) and all we had to get was tomatoes. Or so I told my really annoying guilty conscience, and she likes to save money too so that shut her up for a while.
Ohhh mozzarella. I could probably eat that entire platter in one sitting but my stomach would have a fight with me later about that. I of course had to sample some of it just to make sure it was safe for my precious family to eat though. That’s just being responsible. For some reason, I forgot to note how much delicious cheese we used. The exact amount isn’t super crucial anyway because you can use however much you want, but we just got a regular ball from the cheese section at Publix, sliced it up, and tossed it on top of the other toppings. It just occurred to me that usually the cheese goes under the toppings right? Oh well – we’re rule breakers over here at the Premaratne house.
Home-made pizza is so domestic and a fun way to save on dinner and a movie (when you use Apple TV which we do on the regular.) We save going to the theatre for really epic movies like Prometheus or the Hobbit or Twilight. (Just to be clear, I’m being about 65% sarcastic about Twilight. I mean, I can’t lie I devoured those books in one week but I’m also all for heroic non-helpless female protagonists like Hermione and Katniss and every other character that isn’t the self-deprecating Bella Swan. I can’t get over admiring Stephenie Meyer for putting herself out there and making a zillion dollars though, regardless of what the haters say. Ok that’s enough about Twilight. For now.)
At this stage we quickly put the pizza in the oven because I was getting very hungry and close to just eating it, cooked or not cooked. I’m thinking it was a good idea to wait. Raw dough doesn’t seem like the healthiest idea ever. (Of course, the regular dough isn’t really on my diet plan either.)
We DIY’d the sauce because we felt creative, but if you have your own recipe or prefer store bought, feel free to substitute them. Same for the dough; I’ve included a recipe I used before, but feel free to buy a pizza dough from the store because let’s be honest that’s way easier. Oh and Pasan likes this with a few avocado slices on top. I’m not ready to go that crazy, but it does health it up a bit!
Wow – from pizza to Twilight all in one post? This has been a fun little adventure of rabbit trails. And now I want more pizza. Looks like we’ll be having a pizza night number 3!
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat. When sauce begins to boil, remove from heat and set aside.
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
1 envelope dry yeast
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
1) Mix together flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Add water and oil while mixer is running.
2) If dough is too sticky, add more flour (one tablespoon at a time) and if it’s too dry, add more water (one tablespoon at a time).
3) Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a smooth ball.
4) Grease a medium mixing bowl lightly with olive oil and add dough. Cover and let rise for one hour.
5) Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and split into two pieces. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Storage: Plastic wrap in refrigerator or ziploc bag in freezer. This recipe makes two quantities of pizza dough.
Chicken, Tomato, & Mozzarella Pizza
Makes one 10 inch pizza (approx.)
1 pizza dough (see above)
pizza Sauce (see above)
1 chicken breast cut into tiny cubes and cooked
1 medium tomato
1 ball mozzarella cheese
2-3 tsp chopped garlic
1) Warm pizza stone at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.
2) Cook chicken on medium heat on stove top and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside once cooked through. Slice tomato and mozzarella into thick slices (or thin, based on however you prefer it.)
3) Remove the pizza stone from the oven, coat with flour, and immediately place the rolled out pizza dough on the stone. Pour on the pizza sauce and spread over the dough, leaving 1-2 centimeters all around the edge with no sauce (or toppings.) Layer on tomatoes, chicken, and mozzarella in that order. Add the chopped garlic.
4) Bake** for 20 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble (if the cheese begins to turn brown, remove immediately!)
*Some draining from the tomatoes is normal due to the natural water content.
**I have not tried this recipe using a metal pizza pan, so if you are using one then pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and then follow the steps as listed. The time listed is an estimate for this method, so keep an eye on the pizza as it cooks to make sure the cheese does not burn and the crust cooks through.