Friday, November 14, 2008

Homemade Pizza! Buffalo Style Chicken and Hawaiian

I was browsing my all time favorite site of trusted recipes, Allrecipes. I came across this homemade pizza crust and sauce. They both had such great reviews, I knew they must be good. Then I saw the buffalo chicken pizza on another food blog, and was reminded of the yummy one that Pizza Hut used to make. I'm not one for spicy, but I could handle their pizza. I knew it'd be on our menu real soon.

I prepped the dough and had it risen and ready when we got home from school at 4pm, just in time to bake it and eat dinner. I let the kids make theirs into Hawaiian, they had a blast doing it. Canadian bacon and pineapple with 2 cheeses. I made the other Buffalo chicken. I had roasted 2 big bone in chicken breasts earlier in the day and shredded them in big chunks (season chicken, roast on baking sheet 425' 45 min-1 hr).

These came out great! I'll definitely be making homemade pizza more often. The weekend is almost here, go make some! Need some pizza topping ideas, check this out!
*UPDATE: I now prebake the crust 10 minutes. Add toppings and finish baking 10-15 more minutes.*

Pizza Crust:
makes 1 large cookie sheet size pizza (could easily make a couple smaller ones)

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (I had to use more, just depends)

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.

Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.

Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour* until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour.

Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately.
If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
-(I used a Silpat on a baking sheet, and let the topped pizza sit for a bit, baked up nice and puffy)

Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Pizza Sauce:
I double this for 2 pizzas and have some leftover, or freeze for later use.

Pizza Sauce -single recipe
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
6 fluid ounces warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey (or less, I used 1 Tbl and a little sugar)
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used a shake of this)
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (I used a tiny pinch)
salt to taste

In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, water, Parmesan cheese, garlic, honey, onion powder, oregano, marjoram, basil, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and salt; mix together, breaking up any clumps of cheese.
Sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors; spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desired.

Buffalo Style Chicken Pizza:

3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cooked and cubed or pulled apart
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (2 ounce) bottle hot sauce (I used 3 TBL)
1 (8 ounce) bottle blue cheese salad dressing (I used both pizza sauce & about 1/4 C. dressing)
1 (16 inch) prepared pizza crust
1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese

In a medium bowl combine the cubed chicken, melted butter and hot sauce. Mix well. Spread whole bottle of salad dressing + some pizza sauce over crust, then top with chicken mixture and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

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6 Lovely Comments:

priscilla said...

yummy, the pictures make this look so good! i'm sure it tasted great!

Kelli said...

I already ate dinner but these pizzas look wonderful, so I am hungry again

Katherine said...

brown sugar? I never heard of that how they make it in italy?

How does it make the dough taste?

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

The brown(or could be granulated) sugar helps activate the yeast even more(google has lots of answers to this). Since it's so little amount, you can't taste it in the dough. I have no idea how Italians make their dough, never been to Italy or had a true Italian pizza to know. But I know this is our favorite dough recipe, so I'm sticking to it. =)

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