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10 Minute White Pizza w/Spinach, Chicken & Roma Tomatoes!

5 Sep

Hey everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend!  For today’s LION BITE we’re cooking up a pizza that takes less than 10 minutes from prep to clean-up! Super easy, super quick, & super delicious!

What You’ll Need: Lavah bread, Italian cheese blend (I used Sargento’s Six Cheese Italian), baby spinach, 1 roma tomato (per two pizzas), precooked diced chicken breasts (I used Oscar Myer), 1 tbsp olive oil, salt & pepper, basil (optional)

So the reason this is such a quick dish is obviously the use of many ready-to-use ingredients, but trust me, this doesn’t cut down on flavor at all!  I started out by preheating my oven to 400 degrees F. Then I seeded & diced my Roma tomato. This is pretty much the only work involved in the dish at all!

Brush the center of your lavah bread with the olive oil, covering the the entire center, up until where you want your crust to end.  Next, top with lots of yummy cheese!  You could also use mozzarella cheese here, if that’s what you’ve got on hand.  The Italian blend has more flavors & really compliments the spinach & tomatoes though!

After you add the cheese, tear up the baby spinach into smaller pieces and put that & your diced tomatoes on the pizza. Toss your diced chicken in a bowl with a tiny squirt of olive oil, salt & pepper and add it to your pizza as well.  You can also add the basil if you have/like it.  I used it, because let’s face it, next to garlic, basil is one of my favorite ingredients!

Then just slid the pizza in the oven, placing directly onto the top rack for 3-5 minutes or until the crust browns & the cheese is melted. Be sure to keep your eye on this because it will be done quick!!!

Mmm! My mouth is watering just thinking about this pizza!  It really does take less than 10 minutes to make & it was so yummy I had to make two!

My Tips:

  • This a great way to use leftover chicken breast from the night before if you want to instead of buying pre-diced chicken.
  • Clean-up your cutting board & such while the pizza is in the oven (you want to be completely done & ready to enjoy this delicious meal in 10 minutes!
  • You can fold this pizza up really easy (think Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme) and take it with you.  I did that with my second one!

WE ARE…

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Pizza autentica di Margherita

11 Jul

Today began adventure numero uno in my kitchen.
What started of as a lazy day around the apartment turned into a pizza adventure.  I’ve been craving some yummy pizza for the last few days but I am SO sick of the same old frozen pizzas & even my beloved Pizza Hut.  I was really in the mood for something a little closer to authentic Italian, and thus the Margherita Pizza Adventure began.

I got the basic idea/guideline from a Tyler Florence recipe then headed over to Giant to pick up the necessary items.

Shopping List: Pizza dough or dough mix, fresh mozzarella, 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes, thyme, basil, oregano, garlic and some Roma tomatoes

So I ended up with this generic Betty Crocker pizza dough mix (I was feeling adventurous but not enough to really make my own dough an a lazy Sunday!).  To make it less bland I added some Parm cheese to the dough mix & reduced the water slightly.   At first I thought this was a huge disaster because it was still really goopy. Yuck. But once it rested & I pressed it out with some flour it worked out pretty well.

While the dough rested, I just vaguely followed the Tyler Florence recipe to make some sauce out of the canned tomatoes (which I drained & crushed), thyme, minced garlic, & some oregano.  It smelled amazing and tasted awesome with some nice chunky pieces of tomato and of course garlic (lovvveee garlic!).

So then obviously you just top the pizza with the sauce & slices of the fresh mozzarella, diced Roma tomatoes, basil & a drizzle of olive oil (Secret: I used freeze-dried basil instead of fresh! It stores better & you don’t waste any extra basil leaves! You still get great flavor!)  To get nice brown crust I brushed the edges of the dough with EVOO.

Into the oven it went (and of course I burned myself.. but what’s an adventure without a battle wound anyways?) and waited.

15 minutes later…

It was delicious!!! The crust was perfectly crisp & the sauce was nice and sweet.  I definitely enjoyed this pizza. I downed like half of it in 10 minutes. I definitely recommend this one to anyone needing a little break from typical delivered or frozen pizzas.

If you wanna try this, check out Tyler Florence’s recipe here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/margherita-pizza-recipe/index.html

My Tips:

  • Check out the freeze dried herbs at your grocery store & give them a try
  • Start the crust first so it can rest
  • If you like a lot of sauce maybe try two cans of tomatoes
  • Don’t burn yourself like I did

WE ARE…making delicious pizza!