We all have traits that we inherit honestly. For instance, I inherited my sense of humor, love of cheese, and coloring from my father and my sweet dance moves, sociability, and cheek bones from my mother.
We also have traits that we are unable to account for their roots. Like my inability to whistle. Or my love for sentence fragments.
I don’t think I inherited my pizza obsession. It is a personal trait that is not genetic: My husband is happy as long as he has a slice in his hand. I think his trait has rubbed off on me and I cannot even begin to complain.
Because of this, I make pizza a lot. Since I make pizza a lot, I often feel the need to experiment.
Usually when I experiment, I decide to treat my friends as if they were guinea pigs and try out my new recipes on them. This one received rave reviews, so I have decided to share it with you all!
Barbecue Chicken Pizza (beer not included, but encouraged)
Yields: 4 servings
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 chicken breast, pan fried and shredded
1 cup kale, chopped
2 TBS butter, melted
Cornmeal (for a pizza peel)
1 TBS instant yeast
1 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup water (at approximately 115 degrees)
2 + cups bread flour
1. Combine the yeast, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the water, whisking the ingredients altogether, and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes (to proof the yeast!).
2. Add the flour and mix until the dough pulls away from the bowl (depending upon the humidity, you may need more than 2 cups of flour), kneading it a few times. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and allow it to rise for an hour.
3. Punch down the pizza dough to deflate it.
4. Preheat your oven (preferably with a baking stone) for 500 degrees. If you do not have a baking stone, grease a pizza pan.
5. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the kale and cook until it has softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.
6. Once the oven as completed preheating, pull the dough from the bowl, and knead it a few times on a well-floured surface. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness.
7. Pour the melted butter on top of the rolled out dough (ooo, yum, decadent). Drizzle on half of the barbecue sauce. Top with the caramelized onions, kale, and chicken. Finish with drizzling the remaining barbecue sauce.
8. (If using a baking stone, cornmeal your pizza peel) Put pizza into the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it every minute or so after you hit the 5 minute mark, to make sure it doesn’t overcook!
9. Slice and enjoy!