Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Landing Party Pizza

I had grand plans for a three course meal, some time alone with my husband to start the week out. Then he got called out of state on business because someone broke something and the bat phone rang.

 The week started so well, but  I knew I shouldn't have worn the red shirt. (For those of you who grew up on a desert island and never watched Star Trek, the Red Shirt is  uniform of choice for the phaser-cannon fodder taken out quickly in the plot line to alert viewers to danger.)

Yes, I was part of landing party Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and the Dead Guy, better known as Ensign Ricky in the red shirt. I started out thinking I was going to save the planet and I ended up as the smoking boots behind the giant paper mache boulder.

So when I finally arrived home, not only was I tired, and a bit beat up mentally, I was HUNGRY, and realized there wasn't a whole lot in the fridge as I'd just been to visit my Dad and hadn't stocked up.

OK, what can I make without braving the pre-Christmas grocery store crowds?  I have leftover cooked chicken I can thaw, the usual veggies, flour, cheese, some jarred and canned things.  Pizza!! But not your traditional pizza.  White, not red pizza, with creamy garlic sauce and chicken and fresh veggies, herbs and two kinds of cheese.
It starts with homemade easy pizza dough.

Once the dough was assembled, it was topped with garlic sauce (recipe below), leftover baked chicken, olives, chopped sweet onion, a jar of sun dried tomatoes (drained), crushed red pepper and some Italian seasoning, then sprinkled with a couple of handfuls of mozzarella and cheddar. 

After a couple of days of protein bars and fruit, this was heaven and it made enough to feed 2 or 3 very hungry people.  Partner will be glad I was only 1 hungry person as there will be leftovers for him when he lands back home..
Pizza Dough 

2 and 1/4 teaspoons of  traditional rise yeast
1 teaspoon of organic sugar
1 cup of warm water (110 degrees - use a thermometer - it really matters!)
2 and 1/2 cups of flour
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In bread bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let it stand, out of any drafts, until creamy - about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in the salt, oil and flour. add the flour a bit at a time. stir the dough until smooth and elastic-y. let it rest for 5 minutes.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat and roll out with your hands and then use a rolling pin. once desired thickness is achieved.  Place dough on to a pizza pan and top with whatever toppings you like. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes (keep your eye on it at about 12 mins) and remove when pizza is golden brown. Let the pizza sit for 5 minutes before cutting into it (this is the Hardest step!)
Garlic Sauce
Peel six cloves of roasted garlic and mince (or use equivalent of jarred minced garlic). Saute in 1 Tablespoon butter  in a sauce pan for a couple of minutes on medium heat.  Whisk in:
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup half and half or whipping cream 
A  Tablespoon or two of cream cheese (more will make the sauce thicker)
Reduce heat to medium low.  Sift 2 Tablespoons flour over milk mixture, whisking constantly (to avoid lumps).  Add in two pinches of ground thyme and one of ground black pepper and a dash of garlic salt, and continue to gently whisk.  When stating to thicken, remove from heat and add 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan and stir until cheese is melted.

Spoon sauce on crust, top with toppings and bake as directed above. 


  1. Wow...we are SO having this soon. Love it, thanks for sharing and that garlic sauce looks heavenly. I think I could eat that with a spoon...or would that be wrong? ;-)

  2. I just finished my breakfast prior to reading this. You made me hungry again. Looks delicious. Do you do delivery? lol.

  3. MMMMMMM! Pizza!
    (Now, you're speaking my language!)


  4. That looks so much better than my homemade pizzas. But you did inspire me to make pizza roll bike chow today! They're sort of like your lasagne bites only with pizza dough and filling.

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  5. Well, at least Ensign Ricky was well fed before he was blown to atoms.

  6. One of these days I've got to start making some of the recipes. Our local neighborhood grocery store - Dominick's - closed a while back, but has just recently reopened as a Tony's. For those of you not familiar, it's a supermarket that has your standard supermarket stuff plus a large selection of ethnic foods - Hispanics meet Poles meet Arabs meet Indian sub-continent, etc., etc. For those of you in the area, on Joliet Road in Countryside. And great prices. So I'm betting I can find a lot of this stuff there.

  7. I swore I was going to try this, and today was the day. Your sauce recipe is dead-on delicious! I did add a twist, though, by topping it with mozzarella that I smoked just for this occasion. Holy smoke (pun-intended)! Knocks this out of the park!


    Cheers from Maryland's soon-to-be-snow-covered Eastern Shore!


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