Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Creative Sweet, Salty & Spicy Pizzas (QFM)

One of my favorite Quick Fix Meals is making pizza.  I buy dough from the store and meals come together in less than a half hour.  Another favorite thing: using non-traditional pizza sauces.  These two pizzas are definitely different.  The first uses BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce and the second uses Pesto!  

I made these two creative pizzas using the Shredded BBQ Chicken and the Sweet and Spicy Cherry Peach Salsa.

The first was a play off of the Cherry Peach Salsa BBQ Chicken Tacos.  Basically all those ingredients on a pizza!

BBQ Chicken Cherry Peach Pizza 
Store Bought Pizza Dough
1/8 Cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce or enough to spread all over your pizza dough
Shredded BBQ Chicken
1/4 Cup of the Cherry Peach Salsa
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Sprinkling more of the Cherry Peach Salsa to put on top
Roll out your pizza dough on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.  Spread BBQ Sauce.  Add Shredded Chicken, Peach Salsa and Cheese.  Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Top with remaining Cherry Peach Salsa.

The second was inspired by a pizza I saw on The Sweets Life for Nectarine and Prosciutto Pizza.  Only instead of using Prosciutto, I used up the rest of our shredded chicken. This recipe combined Basil Pesto (that I made a few days ahead in the food processor), Peaches/Nectarines, Shredded Chicken, Red Onion and Monterey Jack Cheese. So it had that whole spicy, sweet, fresh combo going on.  Sounds completely random, but I think this was a winning pizza and one I will make again.

Pesto, Chicken and Nectarine Pizza
Inspired by The Sweets Life
Store Bought Pizza Dough or make your own
1/4 cup of Basil Pesto (Make your own!  I use a big handful of basil, pine nuts, handful of parm, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of good quality Olive Oil)
Shredded Chicken
Half a Red Onion, Sliced in Half Moons
1 Nectarine and/or Peach, cut in circles or slices
1/2 Cup of Monterey Jack Cheese
Roll out your dough on a cookie sheet.  Spread the Basil Pesto as the base.  Top with Chicken, Onions and Nectarine/Peaches.  Add Shredded Cheese on top.  Bake at 425 for 10-20 minutes.  Serve with delicious Kale Chips!

Love my pizzas! Can't wait to make both of these again!
What's your favorite non-traditional sauce?

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