Pizza, Pineapple & Pinot

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I think every kid likes pizza.  Big kids too.  So I think of myself as a big kid when I crave pizza.  Since I have a bread maker and making pizza dough is incredibly easy, I crave pizza a lot.  My favorite part about being a ‘big’ kid is that no one can tell me I’ve already had pizza this week, or this day, or a few hours ago so I can’t have pizza.  So what does that mean?!?!  PIZZA NIGHT!  WHAT!!!

For this pizza night, I made a traditional Hawaiian and a new experiment – buffalo chicken.

For the crust – just read this blog post about whole wheat dough.  That’s what I made and it was SO easy.  Let me say that again.  It was soooo easy.  I put all the ingredients in the bread maker, pressed start, ran an errand and came home to dough!

Let’s start with the Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe.

pizza buffalo sauce

The Sauce:  Process 1 can diced tomatoes (drained) in a food processor.  Add about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.  You can also add onions, garlic and other herbs.  I kept it simple.  Mostly because I was hungry!  Set aside.

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The Chicken:  Mix the following ingredients.  Set aside.

  • 1 can chunk white chicken, drained and shredded
  • 1/2 cup buffalo or hot sauce, or as needed
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

pizza buffalo pre bake

The arrangement:  Roll out the dough into a circle or get creative and make whatever shape you want!  Spread sauce out on the dough. Top with some cheese of your choice.  I used monterrey jack and cheddar since I used it in my buffalo chicken dip recipe.  Then top with the chicken.  Then make a fun design with the buffalo sauce and voila!…

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Now, let’s not forget about the pineapple….  I LOVE LOVE BBQ pizza so I decided to also make a Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple and ham… YUM!

pizza bbq ingredients

This is a really quick and easy recipe that is sure to wow.  Since the buffalo pizza is spicy, I wanted this to be sweet.

Hawaiian Pizza Ingredients:  

  • Sliced Sweet Ham
  • Chopped Sweet Onions
  • 1 can Sliced Pineapple
  • Honey BBQ sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese

I pre-cooked the pineapple in the oven for about 7 minutes to make it soft and ready for the pizza.  If you can grill it, DO IT!  That will make it sooo much better.  I don’t have a grill.pizza bbq pre bake

The Layers:  Spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce on the crust.  I wanted all the ham to be soft and stay in one place so I put the ham on the next later.  Plus you all know how much I LOVE Chicago and they do it this way. Then later with cheese and top with onions and pineapple!

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Bake both pizzas at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Serve with a glass of pinot and enjoy!

Since I made 2 pizzas, I had left overs for a few days… and I LOVED IT!  🙂

What’s your favorite pizza?

Will the real triple dipper please stand up?

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Triple dipper… think Chilis’ appetizer?  Well think again!  As my obsession with avocados continues, I’m trying to find more and more ways to incorporate it into meals.  However, on this particular night, I just wanted quac.  Hold the salads, sandwiches, burgers etc, I just wanted guac and chips.   As much as the kid in me wanted to just eat this little appetizer, the adult in me realized I really needed to eat something other than guac so I decided to add some meat… chicken…. in the form of buffalo chicken dip…. I know, you’re probably thinking “how not-so-creative of here… another dip.”

After I had 2 dips, I thought hey, I need something else… so a peach mango salsa was in order.  And there you have it folks, the triple dipper!

Ok, so yes, it was a little more complicated than that but by the time everything was done, I had a yummy, colorful, appetizer meal!

triple dip guacLet’s start with the QUAC.  That’s easy… mix avocado, onions, peppers, herbs, salt and lime juice and wah-la!  I think quac tastes best when it’s cold and after the ingredients have had a chance to incorporate themselves into one another so make this one first and put in the fridge.  Check out this blog post for a step by step guac recipe.

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For the Peach Mango Salsa I took a traditional salsa and cut up fresh mangos and peaches.  I added a little lime and called it a day.  Very simple but the added fruit gave the salsa a little sweetness to it.  Yes, I know you can buy this type of salsa but I had extra mango and peaches and wanted ‘semi-homemade’ salsa.

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The final dip of the triple dipper was new territory for me.  I had the sweet, savory dips, now I needed a spicy one.  I love buffalo chicken dip, and I knew I wanted a hot (in temperature and spice) dip so this was perfect.  Here’s how I made my dip…

Saute these:

  • 1 chicken breast, chopped or 1 can of chicken
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped into small pieces
  • 1 red pepper, chopped

triple dip chicken

Then mix in with these:

  • 1 package of plain greek yogurt or 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp ranch mix or 1/4 cup blue cheese/ranch salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese

triple dip chicken bake

Now bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly!

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My experiment with the triple dipper was a huge success!  A great mix of hot, cold, sweet and spicy.  I only ate these with baked tostitos but I’m sure these would be great with crackers or veggies.

Bon Appetite!