Tuesday, October 19, 2010
California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Pizza
I love California Pizza Kitchen, this is one of my favorite things to get there. This pizza brought back some fond memories. The smoked Gouda cheese added a nice flavor. I also just made two 10 inch pizzas, instead of four little ones. I added crispy bacon on top for some extra yummy flavor. Also, I took the picture BEFORE I added the cilantro.. I was just too excited :) The dough was yummy, I highly suggest using a pizza stone and letting it get really hot before putting the pizza on it. The leftovers were awesome to eat for lunch during the week!
2 tablespoon honey
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
10 ounces chicken breast - boned and skinned
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (spicy sweet BBQ sauce works best)
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cups Smoked Gouda cheese
1/4 small red onion - sliced into rings
2 tablespoons cilantro
2-3 pieces cooked bacon- add to pizza the last two minutes of cooking
To make the dough
In a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir until it dissolves. Let the yeast mixture stand for 5 minutes, until a layer of foam forms on the surface. In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the olive oil and the yeast mixture. Stir the flour into the wet ingredients, until all the flour is incorporated. If its too dry, add more water. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 15 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and put in in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with a moist towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours).
One hour before baking the pizzas, start preheating the oven with pizza stones inside at 500 degrees F.
For the Chicken
In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil on medium high heat. add chicken pieces. saute until cooked (6 minutes). Chill. Coat chicken with 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Set aside in the refrigerator.
For the Pizza
Punch the dough down, and divide into 4 equal portions. Roll out each portion into an 6-8 inch flat circle. Spread 1/4 cup barbecue sauce over the surface of the dough. Distribute 1/2 of the cheese over the sauce. Distribute 1/2 of the chicken over the cheese. Place half of the onion rings over the chicken pieces. Place the pizza in the oven (on top of pizza stones). Bake until crust is crispy and cheese is bubbling (8-10 minutes). Remove pizzas from the oven and sprinkle each with 1/2 of the cilantro.