Thursday, July 23, 2009

Recipe: Chicken, Mushroom, Bacon Pizza from Scratch

Chicken Mushroom and Bacon Pizza from Scratch

The Dough:
¾ cup of warm water
1 package active yeast
1 tsp honey
2 ½ cups of spelt flour
1 tsp seat salt
1 Tbsp Butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small chicken breasts cubed (1/2 inch)
1 tsp seat salt
1 tsp fresh group pepper
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
5 medium diced tomatoes
½ cup freshly chopped parsley
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp seat salt
1 tsp fresh pepper
1 tbsp dried oregano (fresh if you got it)
10 small button and/or crimini mushrooms sliced
1 tbsp butter
Dash of sea salt and fresh ground pepper
6 pieces of bacon
14 ounces of grated mozzarella

Dough: Combine yeast, honey and ¼ of water. In a food processor with dough hook combine flour, remaining water, olive oil and salt. While processing, add the yeast mixture and wait until the dough forms a ball. Add more water or flour if necessary. Remove from food processor and knead for 2-3 minutes until dough is very smooth. Place in a bowl with damp cloth over top and let rest for 2 hours. Remove from bowl and fold edges under themselves. Place back in bowl let rise for another hour. Remove from Bowl and rollout to the size and thickness you want.

Sauce: Over high heat, add olive oil, tomatoes, salt, pepper, parsley and oregano. Cook for about 10-15 minutes to intensify the flavours and remove some moisture.
Chicken: Preheat pan over high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken and sear all sides, by stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce and continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Do not overcook as the chicken will be cooked in the oven on the pizza again.

Mushrooms: Add butter, salt, pepper and mushrooms to a small pan and cook over high heat until liquid has been reduced.
Bacon: Heat oven to 400F and place bacon on cookie sheet in oven. It should only take about 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon. Remove and place in paper towels to remove excess fat.

Chicken, Mushroom, Bacon Pizza from scratchThe Pizza: Preheat oven to 500F and place pizza stone / clay stone in oven. Place rolled out crust on a pizza peel with bread crumbs or cornmeal on peel to ensure it slides off when transferring to oven (I use a large cutting instead of pizza peel). Place sauce, cheese and toppings on pizza and slide off pizza peel onto pizza stone in oven. Cook for about 8-10 minutes. Remove and Enjoy!

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