Sunday, October 27, 2013
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
It snowed here in Cleveland this week! My perfect October has now been tainted with a snowstorm... already?!?! It was actually really bad and took me over 2 hours to get to work on Thursday. I hope this is not an indication for what this winter will bring... sheesh! Today is a little chilly but the sun is peeking out and that is always a good thing in this city.
Speaking of good things in this city, I wish I could include the Browns in that category. Unfortunately, our team has been nothing but heartache. We've been in a "rebuilding" status for as long as I can remember. One thing about Cleveland though; we are resilient. We are not fair weather fans. Regardless of how pitiful our team is, we always show up and rally on for the Brownies. And at the end of the season, we faithfully repeat that "There's always next year..." in hopes that we might eventually have a winning team. I'm still waiting.
There is something about football season that calls for game day food and this Buffalo Chicken Pizza fits the bill perfectly! When I made this, we had our friends Ryan and Nikki over for the game and it definitely received two thumbs up. I feel like anything buffalo, screams football so this was a very appropriate dish.
You still have time to gather the ingredients, make this for your game day gatherings today and cheer on your team.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
makes 2 pizzas
2 balls of pizza dough (I grabbed mine from a local guy but you can always make it with this recipe here)
3 chicken breasts, seasoned and grilled
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup of buffalo sauce (I used Franks)
1/2 cup of light ranch
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
16 ounce log of fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
1 block of provolone, shredded
1 small block of blue cheese, crumbled
3 scallions, chopped
Preheat oven to 415 degrees
First, grill the chicken. You will want to give it some time to rest. I just seasoned ours with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once it has cooled, chop into bite size pieces.
Next you need to make the sauce and garlic-butter-olive oil. Chop up garlic and divide in half. In one bowl, add buffalo sauce, ranch and garlic. In another bowl, add olive oil, butter and the other half of the garlic. Microwave this for about 30 seconds until melted.
Shred, crumble and slice your cheeses.
Roll out the pizza dough and place on a pizza stone or on a parchment/Silpat lined cookie sheet. Brush the buffalo mixture all over the pizza, leaving the edges bare. Rinse your brush and then coat the edges with the garlic-butter mixture.
Top pizza with chicken, mozzarella, provolone and blue cheese. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, brush edges with more garlic-butter and let it slightly cool. Top with sliced scallions, more buffalo sauce then slice and serve.