bbq chicken pizza with a twist

Can I just say for starters, thank you! You all have been so kind. As I enter into this blogging world so many of you have had amazingly sweet things to say about our family, our baby, my projects and ideas. Thank you, thank you, thank you! All your encouragement and kind words are making this such a fun experience! Though I may not have the opportunity to thank each of you individually I want you to know how much I have appreciated all of your support!

Ok, on to the food…

One of our very favorite quick dinners is this BBQ chicken pizza. Much like the Mediterranean pizza I shared with you, this one is also inspired by a beloved menu item from one of our favorite restaurants. This pizza reminds of warm Corvallis summers, rooftop dining, good friends, dating my husband, and moving out of a third floor apartment.

In case you’re wondering that is smoked gouda and cilantro on top. Did I mention how delicious this pizza is!?

BBQ Chicken Pizza – aka the Tejano

pizza dough – we used garlic-herb from Trader Joe’s
bbq sauce
shredded, grilled chicken
shredded cheese – I like using a blend of cheddar, mozzarella and jack
shallots
shredded smoked gouda
fresh cilantro

I did not include measurements above because pizza making just isn’t a science! Preheat oven and pizza stone to 500. Roll out dough spread bbq sauce, cheese blend, chicken and shallots. Bake for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle shredded gouda on top and bake until dough is cooked through. Remove from oven and top with fresh cilantro. I thought this was a cool bottle top. The cider left quite a bit to be desired – sorry TJ’s – but it still makes a fun picture!

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mediterranean pizza

mediterranean pizza mmm

I had every intention of doing a tutorial for homemade fabric softener but as I was writing the post last night, I realized that I don’t actually love the way it turned out. And I only plan on suggesting you try things that I actually love. I decided I need to do a little more experimenting before I share it with you. So, lets talk about something I do love.

One of our all-time favorite, go-to restaurants is a Northwest pub called McMenamins. Some of you may hate it, they are notorious for slow service, but we LOVE it. We see the slow service as an opportunity to sit an enjoy each others company without being rushed along. Each one of their restaurants has a different feel, slightly different menu and its own local charm. But what is always the same, is the locally brewed beer and the deliciously fried tots (cajun to be specific). If Jake and I are honest, we crave both, constantly.

In college there was a one within walking distance of my house and campus. And at this particular McMenamins they served a Mediterranean Pizza. This pizza was amazing! Before this pizza I wasn’t a fan of kalamata olives, red onions or feta (I know, those were dark and dismal days). I’m not really sure why I even ordered it in the first place, because like I said, I didn’t really like any of the ingredients. But the reason isn’t important, what’s important is this pizza revolutionized they way I eat. Sounds dramatic but really, it transformed my taste-buds.

pizza dough

pesto

So far, that is the only McMenamins that I have found that serves this particular pizza. Which means I absolutely needed to start making it at home. It was actually an easy, last minute dinner. I got all of my ingredients from the Trader himself and most of them are pantry items so they may be things you already have in your cupboard.

tasty ingredients

ready for the oven

Mediterranean Pizza

all of these ingredients are to-taste so exact amounts will not be included

pizza dough – Our favorite is TJ’s herbed dough. It comes in a dough ball that you roll out and cook at home. I haven’t perfected the homemade version but when I do I’ll let you know
kalamata olives
sun dried tomatoes
artichoke hearts
small red onion
pesto
feta cheese
mozzarella cheese

Pre-heat oven and pizza stone to 450 degrees. While oven is pre-heating roughly chop olives, tomatoes, artichokes and onions. Roll out dough to desired size. Once oven is heated remove pizza stone, sprinkle with flour and place rolled dough onto stone. Spread dough with pesto, sprinkle with grated mozzarella, add the rest of your toppings. At this point I like to sprinkle with a little more mozzarella just to keep all the good stuff from falling off. Bake until the crust is crisp. You may need to cover with foil toward the end so the crust continues to cook and the toppings don’t burn. The pizza usually takes about 20 minutes in our oven. When the pizza is done make sure you remove it from the stone (if it stays on the stone the bottom will continue to cook and possibly burn). Let the pizza rest for about 10 minutes – this is the hardest part, but really, if your burn your tongue now, you won’t be able to appreciate this amazing mediterranean experience – once the pizza is no longer scalding, serve with a glass of red wine and try not to eat the whole thing by yourself.

mediterranean pizza

Enjoy!

Oh and by the way, look what is just around the corner for us.

almost crawling

Thats right, hands and knees people! Looks like we need to start baby proofing! Baby mobility is knocking on our door.