Candy Corn Pizza

Here is another Pinterest recreation for my final candy corn presentation. When you slice a round pizza into triangles, you will find yourself staring at a delicious slice of candy corn pizza. Assemble the pizza by first rolling out your dough into a circle. Put shredded mozzarella cheese in the center and surround that with shredded cheddar. The yellow bottom of the candy corn is represented by the crust, so brush it with olive oil. If you wanted to you could dye the pizza dough with yellow food coloring.

Below are recipes for homemade pizza dough and homemade pizza sauce, but for a busy Halloween night feel free to take advantage of the grocery store with a jarred sauce and refrigerated dough – I will not judge.

Candy Corn Pizza

Pizza Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg dry active yeast
  • 1 C warm water
  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • cornmeal

Steps:

  1. Dissolve yeast in the water, 10 minutes.
  2. In a stand mixer combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and add half of the yeast. Mix in with your fingers. Add in the olive oil and remaining yeast.
  3. Knead dough with the dough hook of your stand mixer for 7 minutes. (Or by hand on a floured surface for 10 minutes.)
  4. Shape dough into a ball and put in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise for one hour, or until doubled in size.
  5. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 475 degrees F. Divide dough into 4 separate pieces and roll out on a floured surface.
  6. Sprinkle cornmeal onto a pizza paddle (or edgeless cookie sheet). Place pizza dough on the paddle and assemble.
  7. Bake pizzas on pizza stone 20 minutes until pizza crust is crispy and cooked through.

*This pizza crust recipe is adapted from a recipe that came with a friend’s pizza stone*

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (28 oz) tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients.

*This pizza sauce recipe is adapted from Lynn at http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2009/01/homemade-pizza-sauce.html*

Pesto Chicken with Tomato Pesto Rotini

I stumbled upon this recipe during one of my Pinterest marathons.

When I first joined Pinterest I vowed that I would never have a cooking board – I have multiple cookbooks, Food Network, and for my internet recipe searches Foodgawker – adding Pinterest to that collection would provide me with simply too many choices! I kept my promise for almost two years – until I started blogging. I found myself subscribing to other food blogs and wanting to find a place to keep my favorite posts that wasn’t my email box. I caved and started a Blog Inspiration Pinterest Board.

I used leftover Red Pepper Pesto for this dish and the result was fantastic. I adjusted the sauce recipe too. Funnily enough, the chicken somehow took on the flavor of traditional meatballs. I thought about renaming this dish “Faux Pasta & Meatballs”.  The original recipe calls for traditional pesto – and I’d suspect the result would be a lighter, brighter pasta dish.

Pesto Chicken with Tomato Pesto Rotini

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp red pepper pesto, divided
  • 1/2 bottle Lawry’s Herb & White Wine Marinade
  • 1/2 lb tricolor rotini pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 3/4 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C heavy cream

Steps:

  1. Cube chicken and season with S+P. Combine marinade and 2 tbsp pesto. Marinate chicken overnight.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling salted water.
  3. In a large skillet, cook chicken in its marinade.
  4. Make pasta sauce: In a sauce pan cook onion and garlic in olive oil. Pour in tomato sauce, broth and pesto. Cook for 10 minutes, until slightly reduced. Stir in heavy cream.
  5. Serve: Toss pasta with chicken and sauce.

*This recipe is modified from Chelsey at http://cdargis.tumblr.com/post/18818836004/garlic-pesto-chicken-with-tomato-cream-penne*

Pesto Chicken with Tomato Pesto Rotini