CIC: Pineapple & Sweet Potato

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I’m {finally} back with another Crazy Ingredient Challenge!

This month’s mission: to combine pineapple and sweet potato. Two of my husband’s favorite ingredients.

At first I was thinking of some sort of savory/sweet empanada, which does still sound insanely delicious. But as things have their own way of developing, pizza became the final answer.

I made slow cooker pineapple barbecue pulled chicken on one of our 100 degree days when preheating the oven seemed like the worst idea on the planet. We served that chicken over rice. The leftovers had gone to work with my husband for 3 days. Firecracker and I loved it re-purposed as nachos, too.

As I sat there with still an insane amount of chicken in my fridge, the light bulb went off. (Not the one in my fridge.) I had half of the CIC challenge done! Now to incorporate the sweet potato. Ding! Pizza!

I made a gluten free pizza dough out of a white sweet potato. (Hello sneaky veggies!) Topped it with barbecue sauce, cheese, the leftover chicken, and some extra pineapple for good measure. The pizza dough was incredible easy to make and held up to the heavy toppings I layered on top. Maybe I’ll make it again using an orange sweet potato for Halloween!

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This recipe makes 2 servings.

Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2/3 C rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2-1 tbsp olive oil
  • barbecue sauce
  • 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • leftover slow cooker Hawaiian barbecue chicken, finely chopped
  • fresh pineapple, diced

Steps:

  1. Peel potato. Cube. Place in a pot covered with salted water. Boil 10-15 minutes, until potato is fork tender. Drain and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place cooled potato in a food processor along with the rolled oats and the egg. Process until smooth.
  4. Using wet hands, transfer the pizza dough to the prepared baking sheet. Form into a circle, 1/4-1/2″ thick. Bake 25-30 minutes. Allow crust to cool. Flip the crust, peel off the parchment, and brush with olive oil. Bake another 5-10 minutes.
  5. Top pizza crust with barbecue sauce, cheese, chicken, and pineapple. Bake another 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the toppings are warmed through.

*The crust recipe is modified from Lindsay at http://pinchofyum.com/sweet-potato-pizza-crust*

Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust for Crazy Ingredient Challenge from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Pizza

13315681_10210002635681232_2402481382858059792_nLast year I had the ultimate pleasure of personally meeting some fellow bloggers in real life!

There’s a local food bloggers club that tries to meet monthly and I got to meet a couple of bloggers that I’ve “known” through Secret Recipe Club!

One of them, Karen, of Karen’s Kitchen Stories, is a phenomenal bread baker and I envy her passion for cooking with yeast and kneading dough.

She shared a no knead flatbread back in October and I was itching to try it.

Apparently I wasn’t itching hard enough to read the ingredient list thoroughly. I had the wrong kind of yeast! That beautiful airy flatbread crust will have to wait.

I resorted to my pizza dough recipe. Firecracker helped me create the dough, roll it out, and sprinkle on the cheese, and steal some sliced pears while he was at it.

As a sauceless pizza, the flavors were still incredible. I made two individual size pizzas that night and reserved the remaining ingredients. Lunch the next day was fantastic!

Sometimes food photography with two little boys can get a little out of control…

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 9 oz Fontina cheese, grated
  • 1 Asian pear, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 lb pizza dough (homemade or store bought)

Steps:

  1. Place a pizza stone in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, toss onion with thyme and 1 tbsp olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Roll out pizza dough (I did 4 individual sized pizzas instead of one large) to 1/4″ thickness. Prick with a fork. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt.
  4. Top pizza crust with cheese, onions, pear, and sausage. Bake 18 – 20 minutes.

*This recipe was inspired from Karen at http://www.karenskitchenstories.com/2016/10/asian-pear-and-smoked-sausage-flatbread.html*

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#SundaySupper: National Pizza Month

Did you know that October is National Pizza Month? If you didn’t, don’t be too bummed that you’ve missed 3 weeks of pizza goodness because the Sunday Supper crew and I have over 50 pizza recipes to help you celebrate these last 8 days properly. Just scroll past my recipe to see an array of pizzas to get you through every meal. A big thank you to Coleen of The Red Headed Baker for hosting this massive event!

Being born in Chicago, I’m pretty sure pizza runs in my blood, so how could I not participate in today’s event?! Growing up we had pizza every Friday night, finding a Chicago style thin-crust pizza place in Florida where we soon became good friends with the owners thanks to our regular status. I even baby sat their kids once or twice!

Sticking to my Chicago roots I decided to recreate the classic deep dish pizza that everyone associates with the Windy City.

However, I can’t miss an opportunity to say that my two favorite pizza places are actually Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder for their pizza pot pies and Aurelio’s for their thin crust pizza cut into squares like all pizza should be!

Back to our deep dish recipe. I found a Copy Cat recipe for UNO’s pizza and set to work.

I don’t have a deep dish pizza pan so I opted for my spring form pan. Cooking experience number one brought to realization that the dough recipe created too much crust for my size pan, making our pizza very deep dish indeed! So, I made it again and used about half of the dough for a much more perfect ratio of ingredients. The other half of the dough is sitting in my freezer itching to be baked into more sausage pizza goodness.

Copy Cat: UNO's Pizza for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Copy Cat: UNO’s Pizza

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 C warm water (105-110 deg F)
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 3 – 3 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C corn meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil

Ingredients for pizza:

  • 1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage, casing removed, cooked
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes in tomato sauce
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 C shredded parmesan cheese

Steps:

  1. Bloom the yeast in the warm water for 10 minutes. Place in the bottom of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add 1 C of the flour, corn meal, salt, and oil and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour 1/2 C at a time until the dough forms together around the hook. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Allow dough to rise 45-60 minutes until doubled in size.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  3. Press dough into a deep dish pizza pan, cast iron skillet, or spring form pan. Make sure the dough comes up the edges an inch or two. Cover and let rise another 15 minutes.
  4. Layer mozzarella cheese on top of the crust, top with cooked sausage and the garlic, spoon the tomatoes over the sausage (you don’t want all of the juices), sprinkle with basil and parmesan.
  5. Bake pizza for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 400 degrees F and bake another 20-35 minutes until the crust is golden and reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees F.
  6. Allow pizza to rest 10 minute before cutting so as not to find yourself under an avalanche of melty cheese.

*This recipe is adapted from grberk at http://www.food.com/recipe/pizzeria-uno-chicago-deep-dish-pizza-205279*

Copy Cat: UNO's Pizza for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Biscuit Taco Pizza

Do you ever have those nights where you simply don’t want to make dinner? But you have all this food in the fridge from earlier in the week that you know you should eat but just don’t want to? I feel like those nights happen here quite a bit.

I’m not typically a simple reheat-the-leftovers type of person (with a few exceptions here and there). Often times leftovers get put into quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, or omelets.

And sometimes they get turned into pizzas!

But what if you don’t have a pizza crust in the fridge or any yeast (or time to let the yeast do its thing)? Well, there’s Pinterest for that! I saved this No Yeast Pizza Crust that took only 15 minutes. I figured, “Why not? What have I got to lose?”

The crust that we got reminded us more of a biscuit than a pizza, hence my post title. You could also infer that leftover taco meat and toppings were used to top the biscuity crust.I used salsa as the sauce, topped it with cooked Mexican chorizo, and Mexican blend cheese. After coming out of the oven I added some fresh chopped lettuce, tomato, and scallions.

And the best part? Firecracker was willingly eating veggies! I guess if you put it on a pizza, kids will eat it.

Biscuit Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 C flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 stick room temperature butter
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • cornmeal, for pizza peel

Steps:

  1. Place pizza stone in oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Put all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Mix until the dough forms a ball around the hook.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll out to desired thickness. Transfer dough to a pizza peel dusted with corn meal. Top dough with desired toppings.
  4. Shimmy pizza onto pizza stone. Bake 10-12 minutes.

*This recipe is adapted from Serene at http://houseofyumm.com/no-yeast-pizza-dough/*

Biscuit Taco Pizza in 30 minutes with this yeast free dough  Sew You Think You Can Cook

#BundtBakers: Savory

4ae7b-bundtbakerspostI am pretty excited about this month’s #Bundtbakers theme. PJ of Seduce Your Tastebuds is hosting and selected the theme. #BundtBakers is a group of bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient.

I’ve always wanted to be a rebel and bake a savory bundt with this group, but haven’t actually been brave enough to do so. I’m really not a good rule breaker, or liar. That’s all probably a good thing. Today was my chance to take the savory route! I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to make the deadline with all the craziness that’s been happening around here. Between dropped naps and teething-related fussiness it’s been hard for me to get in the kitchen as much as I’d like.

I took a recipe for Cheesy Tomato Quick Bread and doubled it to fit a bundt pan. I didn’t have enough butter so I used a combination of butter and Greek yogurt. I debated adding some sausage to the bread, too, but figured I should try it as is first. I settled with serving sausages alongside the bread for dinner. The bread not only smelled like pizza, it tasted like pizza too. Next time I’ll definitely add some chopped cooked sausage or pepperoni to it. Maybe mix in some bonus veggies, too! I wouldn’t hesitate to serve the bread with some marinara dipping sauce to really drive home the pizza vibe, either.

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This bundt was Treat’s first foray into the world of gluten, and he loved this bread. Cheese is definitely one of his favorite foods, so I can’t say I was surprised. I was, however, astounded at how much of the bread he shoveled in his little mouth. He also gnawed on the sausage as if he’d never eat again. This boy loves his food!

“Tastes Like Pizza” Bundt

Ingredients:

  • 4 C flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan or two loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and pepper.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and yogurt until smooth. Mix in the eggs and buttermilk.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer. Mix until just combined.
  5. Using a spoon, fold in the tomatoes. Fold in the cheese. Fold in the parsley.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out cleanly. Allow bread to cool slightly before unmolding.
  7. Bread can be served warm or at room temperature. Option to serve with marinara sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Anita at http://www.hungrycouplenyc.com/2016/03/cheesy-tomato-quick-bread.html*

Tastes Like Pizza Bundt for #BundtBakers from Sew You Think You Can Cook

You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about #BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Bacon Cheddar Beer Bundt by The Queen of Scones

Blue Cheese and Pear Mini Bundt Cakes by Patty’s Cake

Breakfast Bundt Cake by Making Miracles

Dukkah, Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

Ham, Carrot & Beer Bundtlettes by I Love Bundt Cakes

Mexican Breakfast Bundt by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Mini Meatloaf Bundts and Sliders by Magnolia Days

Rosemary, Olive Oil & Polenta Bundt by The Cinnamon Scrolls

Sausage & Apple Cornbread Bundt Cake with a White Gravy Drizzle by The Freshman Cook

Savory Zucchini Cheesecake by Food Lust People Love

Southern Honey Drenched Jalapeño Cornbread by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Stromboli Bundt Cake by Palatable Pastime

BBQ-Ranch Pork Pizza

Do you remember that Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork we enjoyed during the not-so-enjoyable Super Bowl? (It’s okay, Cam, I still heart you.) And do you remember how I said we had a LOT of pork? Seriously, we ate pork for a full week. As much as I love pork, we needed a good break from it after that.

One of the leftover ideas I had was to make pizza. Seriously, this pizza might be my favorite pizza I’ve made at home. I used a store bought crust to make life a little easier but made my own sauce using the Carolina BBQ as a base. It was fun!

An Original Recipe

BBQ-Ranch Pork Pizza

 Ingredients:

  • 3/8 C Carolina BBQ sauce
  • 1/8 C buttermilk ranch dressing
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 (11 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 C Carolina pulled pork
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley (I used Gourmet Garden lightly dried herbs)
  • 1 scallion, green parts only

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place pizza dough on a baking sheet.
  2. Make sauce: In a small bowl whisk together BBQ sauce, ranch, tomato paste, and molasses.
  3. Spread sauce on pizza dough, leaving a 1″ crust. Top with cheese, pork, onion, and parsley.
  4. Bake 10 minutes. Allow pizza to cool 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions.

BBQ-Ranch Pork Pizza  Sew You Think You Can Cook

SRC: Stromboli

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 It’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! In the Secret Recipe Club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

This month I had the ultimate pleasure of being assigned Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. Fantastical Sharing is written by none other than the leader of the Secret Recipe Club, Sarah! Sarah is a busy mom of 3 who manage to find the time to not only keep up with her extensive blog, but to also keep all of the SRC members in line. I don’t know where she finds the time! I do know from her Instagram account that she is a list maker and planner organizer. She has inspired me to purchase washi tape and beautify my Erin Condren planner, too!

I struggled finding something to make from Sarah’s blog, not because there wasn’t anything that interested me, but because 90% of her recipes are the types of foods we eat in my house! A lot of things I already have recipes for on my blog. But when I spotted her Stromboli I knew I had to make it! My husband and I are avid Cutthroat Kitchen watchers and earlier last season there was a stromboli challenge, my husband didn’t know what stromboli was so I explained that it’s essentially a rolled pizza, and that I’d been wanting to try making one. Checking this item off my culinary bucket list is why I didn’t pick her homemade ranch dressing mix, chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oatmeal, mozzarella sticks, or even Butterbeer! (If you know me but at all you know how hard that last one was to pass up.)

The stromboli was exactly what I was imagining it’d be. I took a little help from the grocery store and used a store-bought refrigerated dough, conveniently already in the shape of a rectangle. I also swapped the ham for deli-sliced pepperoni (not the small pizza sized pepperoni). I ran out of Parmesan cheese the night before so sprinkled the top of the stromboli with kosher salt instead.

We demolished the stromboli watching Auburn football – a perfect game day meal or appetizer!

Stromboli

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza crust (store bought or homemade)
  • 1/3 C marinara sauce (store bought or homemade), plus more for serving
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • hard salami
  • deli pepperoni
  • 1 egg, beaten (egg wash)
  • dried parsley

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Roll pizza dough into a rectangle, approximately 10×16″.
  3. Spread marinara sauce on the bottom two thirds of the dough.
  4. Top the sauce with shredded cheese, deli meats, and another layer of shredded cheese.
  5. Brush the uncovered portion of the dough with the egg wash. Fold the edges of the dough and brush with egg wash.
  6. Roll from the bottom up, like a jelly roll or roulade. Place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with kosher salt and parsley flakes.
  7. Bake 10-20 minutes, until dough is fully cooked. (The cook time will vary based on your dough recipe.) If the stromboli starts to burn, tent with aluminum foil. Allow stromboli to rest 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional marinara sauce if desired.

*This recipe is adapted from Sarah at http://www.fantasticalsharing.com/2013/08/stromboli.html*

Stromboli for Secret Recipe Club from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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