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Thai Chicken Pizza

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My basic pizza crust recipe comes from allrecipes.com. I’ve been using it for 15 years now. My preference is to use 1 tsp honey instead of white sugar and I let it rise for 1 hour. I divided it in half to make 2 thin crust pizzas about 10″-12″ across. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20171/quick-and-easy-pizza-crust/

Hagbard and I have been talking about trying different pizzas. Once upon a time he had a Thai chicken pizza at a restaurant far away. I found some recipes through Pinterest but none seemed exactly right to him. He said absolutely not to carrots on pizza but maybe to bean sprouts or zucchini. I was unable to get bean sprouts so I used my spiralizer device to make zucchini noodles (zoodles) and put some of those on the pizza. I had some leftover grilled chicken. I found jarred sweet chili sauce and peanut sauce at my local store. The amounts I am giving are for 1 medium pizza.

Inspiration recipes:
http://www.cookincanuck.com/2012/07/thai-chicken-naan-pizza-recipe-with-peanut-sauce-red-pepper-carrots/
http://www.carlsbadcravings.com/25-minute-thai-chicken-flatbread-pizza/
http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/thin-crust-thai-chicken-pizza-like-papa-murphys/200673

Thai Chicken Pizza
Sauce:
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 c sweet chili sauce
1/4 c peanut sauce

Toppings:
3 oz cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup yellow or orange bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 c zucchini noodles- cut into about 4″ pieces
1/4 c slices green onion
1 c shredded mozzarella
1 T crushed peanuts

Preheat oven to 425°F.
If you are using pizza stone put it in the oven to warm for 10 minutes.
Prepare pizza dough and roll out to about 12″ circle. Transfer dough onto warm pizza stone. Mix together sauce ingredients and spread on raw dough. Sprinkle with cheese and other toppings. Bake about 15 minutes.

Verdict: Somewhat spicy but not too spicy. Different but tasty. Hagbard said it was pretty close to what he had before. He experimented with putting some bbq sauce on a piece and really liked that combination. I think one recipe used a coconut sauce drizzle on top of the cooked pizza and that might be fun to try in future.

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Naan Personal Pizza

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread cooked naan with sauce, top with cheese and preferred toppings. Bake about 10 minutes. Easy fast pizza for a busy night.

From my home to yours,
Lounmoun

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Pizza Sauce, Substitutions And Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

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Even when you plan meals sometimes you run into little bumps that change your direction slightly. Today is one of those days for me.
We were supposed to have pizza quesadillas for dinner tonight. Last night we had chicken tacos and all but one tortilla got eaten. I had some naan in the freezer so now we will have naan pizza. Still quick and easy.
Usually I just use spaghetti sauce for our pizza but we didn’t have any. I found a recipe for “exquisite pizza sauce” on Allrecipes.com that seemed pretty popular.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17319/exquisite-pizza-sauce/
The recipe calls for anchovy paste which I do not have. I probably will never have anchovy paste. However, the internet tells me I might try substituting things like miso, kalamati olives or Worcestershire sauce for anchovy paste. I do have all 3 of those things so I decided to use a bit of all of them. Worcestershire sauce actually contains anchovies so if you are wanted to do a vegetarian substitute do not use that. Some of the recipe reviews say that the sauce is too sweet with the 2 T of honey or too spicy with cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. I went ahead and added them. It tastes fine to me but if you are more sensitive to spicy foods you could reduce or leave out the cayenne pepper and pepper flakes.
I decided to heat my sauce a bit as the miso paste wasn’t mixing in very well. It helped. I have made this in the morning so I will put it in the refrigerator until later. I think there will be a bunch leftover so I will probably end up freezing some for another time.
This morning I also put some chicken breast in the slow cooker to make crock pot buffalo chicken. I plan to use that tomorrow in a stuffed bread. http://hostthetoast.com/5-bc-recipes/   I’m making half a recipe today and expect to have some leftover. You could also use this chicken on pizza, with pasta or in a casserole if sandwiches don’t appeal to you. If you have a lot more than you can use at once, you can freeze the cooked shredded chicken for future meals.

From my home to yours,
Lounmoun

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Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

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I had been looking at casserole recipes when I planned this month’s meals. My attention was caught by a pizza casserole recipe. It had pasta and all kinds of pizza toppings. We like pizza and Amethesto loves pasta. However, Amethesto only eats pepperoni pizza from a restaurant or a frozen pizza. She hasn’t eaten homemade pizza for about 7 years because ONE time I made a pizza she declared tasted like “vomit”. Thanks for that description kid. She ate my pizza happily before that incident but never again! That one time was it for her. She does not give food a second chance and is wary of new foods. Maybe some of you have a child or family member like this. I joked with Hagbard that I should get a job at the pizza restaurant and then a pizza factory so Amethesto wouldn’t eat pizza again because I might have made it. Sigh. Anyhoo, this is my inspiration recipe. http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/2015/08/pizza-casserole.html
I decided to make my version a bit smaller, use only pepperoni and skip the parmesan cheese.  I didn’t want a ton of leftovers in case no one liked it.

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
8 oz dry penne pasta
4 oz sliced pepperoni
1/2 tsp dry oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
24 oz jar spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 350°F.
Cook penne pasta according to instructions on package. Drain and stir in sauce, pepperoni, garlic and oregano. Put in greased 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Top with mozzarella and bake 25-30 minutes.
Makes 3-5 servings.

The verdict:
Amethesto picked out the pepperoni in her serving and gave it to Hagbard. She really liked just the pasta with cheese though.
Hagbard went back for a second helping. He said he’d like to try it with lots of pizza toppings mixed in.
I thought it was pretty tasty and filling. I imagine the fuller combination pizza version would be really good too. I don’t think the parmesan cheese would be necessary so I’d still leave it out and save a few calories.
We had just 1 serving left so unless you serve a salad and garlic bread with it you probably won’t get 6 servings for most adults/teenagers.

From my home to yours,
Lounmoun

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