Saturday, November 27, 2010

Stuffed Crust Pizza

My boyfriend is absolutely amazing. He is always making me delicious food. When we first started dating he would invite me over for homemade dinner at his house all the time…

And a year later, he still cooks for me!

He makes me things like creamy chicken pasta, cooked and savory marinated salmon, and fresh baked lasagna.

For breakfast he will make me omelets full of melted cheese, breakfast burritos with fresh avocado and salsa, hash browns sprinkled with tasty seasonings, buttery English muffins and juicy fruit smoothies with tea.

To go with his meals, he creates delicious salads with fresh greens, herbs, and add-ins to serve along with side dishes such as steamed rice with garlic, fresh vegetables, and ripe fruit.

I have the best boyfriend!

When I visited him in Seattle last weekend, he had gone ahead and gathered all the ingredients for us to make BBQ chicken stuffed crust pizza together. Making dinner together was so rewarding. And the end results were extremely satisfying.  

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Crust Pizza

Pizza Crust Recipe
2 ¼ cup flour
¼ cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup olive oil
1 packet yeast
squirt of honey

Mix warm water with sugar and packet of yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes. The mixture will start foaming and bubbling which means the yeast is activated.

Mix together the flour and salt. Add activated yeast to the dry mixture with olive oil and some cold water until at a good consistency (not to moist, and not to stiff).

Squeeze in some honey and knead for 5-10 minutes.

Place in bowl and cover. Store in a warm place until dough has risen to double/triple the volume.

Knead again and set aside.

Stuffed Crust
mozzarella cheese sticks
pizza crust dough
olive oil

Spread out pizza crust dough on a pan.  Cut mozzarella cheese sticks into halves and wrap into the outside of the pizza dough to make the outside crust. Pre-bake pizza crust for 5-10 minutes at 450 degrees before topping. 

BBQ Chicken Topping
mozzerella to taste
2 good sized chicken breast
½ onion
sliced mushrooms to taste
BBQ sauce (we used Sweet Baby Rays)
fresh cilantro
fresh diced tomatoes

Sautee bite size pieces of chicken breast with the mushrooms, onion, and BBQ sauce for about 15 minutes.

Grate mozzarella cheese and sprinkle in bottom of pre-baked pizza crust. Spread sautéed mixture into pre-baked pizza crust and cover with mozzarella cheese. 

Brush the outside stuffed crust with olive oil.

Bake at 450 degrees until crust is golden brown and mozzarella is completely melted.

Let cool and sprinkle plenty of fresh cilantro and diced tomatoes on top. 


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