Monday, January 23, 2012

Make a Meal Monday

I love weekends because I actually have time to get to the grocery store and cook new meals. This weekend I made Buffalo Chicken Pizza. This one I particularly loved and it was super easy because it uses rotisserie chicken! We enjoyed it in front of the TV watching Sunday Football but can be made for watching The Bachelor with the girls paired with wine! Heres how....

1 package of homemade or store-bought pizza dough 
( I highly recommend Trader Joe’s pizza crust if you are buying a store bought crust. Also Food Lion has fresh dough for crust at the Deli!)
olive oil
Any Buffalo hot/wing sauce
Hidden Valley ranch dressing ( I used light)
1 large garlic clove
1/2 lb. Mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb. Provolone cheese
1 rotisserie chicken,  shredded
1/3 c. ground hot or sweet Italian sausage (optional)
1 jalapeno, sliced (de-seeded if desired)Kosher salt
fresh cilantro for garnish
30 minutes before making the pizza, place the shredded rotisserie chicken in a bowl (you will probably only need about half of the shredded chicken for one pizza). Drizzle a generous amount of buffalo sauce over the chicken and toss to coat. Cover bowl of marinated chicken with plastic wrap and place in fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Dust pizza dough with flour and set on counter to soften.
Once the dough is ready to be handled, stretch it out onto a large baking stone or baking sheet and brush the dough and edges of the crust with olive oil. Crush one clove of garlic onto the crust and spread with your fingers evenly.

Pour out some ranch dressing onto the pizza crust. Spread over crust with a pastry brush evenly. Then drizzle some buffalo sauce over the pizza crust and spread with a brush over the ranch dressing evenly.

Sprinkle a layer of the mixed cheese over the ranch/buffalo sauce and remove marinated chicken from the refrigerator and spread evenly over the cheese. 
Then add crumbled sausage (optional) then fresh jalepenos and another layer of cheese.
Sprinkle some chopped fresh cilantro leaves over the top of the pizza (optional). Then sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt around the outer edge of the crust.   Bake the pizza in the oven at 400° F for 18 – 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown and crispy.  Serve hot off of the stone!  Enjoy!!
It was soooo good!

Happy Monday!

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