Tuesday, May 4, 2010

BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 pizza crust (homemade or Boboli)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/3 c barbecue sauce, divided
6 oz Provolone cheese, grated
6 oz Gouda cheese, grated
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro

In large Ziploc bag, combine chicken and 2/3 cup of the BBQ sauce. Marinate in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

To cook, place chicken and marinade in small baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees*. Let chicken cool, the slice into thin pieces.

Sprinkle half of the grated cheeses over the crust. Spoon 2/3 c BBQ sauce over cheese; cover with chicken and onion. Sprinkle on remaining cheese. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 450 degrees. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Makes 1, 12" pizza.

*When I made this, it took way longer than 30 minutes for the chicken to cook all the way through.  I think next time I'll up the temp to 350 degrees.

I stumbled upon this recipe on a blog called "Solid Gold Cooking."

Fruit Pizza

Fruit pizza is very dessert-like and delicious. It's fun to make for a party because you can decorate really nicely with different colors and types of fruit.

Base: Sugar cookie dough - My recipe:
3/4 C sugar
1/3 C shortening
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 T milk
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

Beat wet ingredients until smooth, stir in dry ingredients. Press or roll onto greased and floured pizza pan. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes until edges start to turn golden. Loosen cooked crust with a metal spatula (so it doesn't stick) and let cool on pan.

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Beat till creamy, spread on cooled cookie.

Toppings: lots of beautiful fruit--strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, banana slices, raspberries, grapes, etc. Decorate in an appealing design.

To serve, slice into "pizza" slices and enjoy!

Veggie Pizza

Veggie pizza is really easy to make, and relatively "healthy" at least when talking about vegetable intake (the base isn't really healthy...).

1 pkg crescent rolls (8 count)
1 pkg garden vegetable cream cheese
Veggies: carrots cut, broccoli, tomatoes diced, bell pepper slices, cucumbers, etc

Unroll crescent rolls and place flat on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 8 min or until golden. To serve, pass out "pizza" slices, let individuals apply their own cream cheese (so they can put as little or as much as they want), press veggies into cream cheese, eat! I like to pile the veggies high and try to eat without them tumbling off. If you want a healthier version, we've thought about maybe using regular pizza dough with hummus, or you could always do pita bread.