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Blaney Boys BBQ Chicken Pizza

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea bloom covered in snow

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea bloom covered in snow

Hello & Happy Monday!

In Chicagoland, all we can talk about is the weather!  Why?  Today we have an exciting, potentially record-breaking high of -13F and a wind-chill approaching close to -45F!

As the Snow began to fall...

As the Snow began to fall…

A few days ago, I celebrated the New Year with my husband’s family.  How did we do it?  With a pizza party!

Well, that fiesta was so much fun that we did one again with my Mom, Dad, brothers, my brother’s girlfriend and husband.  The party was on a Friday night right after work, so we used pre-made pizza dough (from Trader Joe’s) and made a few of the same pizzas I shared last time.  Additionally, I made a BBQ Chicken Pizza, the pizza I used to make for my brothers when they were little.

I could only put cilantro on one side of the pizza because my mom started yelling that one of the boys would not eat anything green.  They did not know I snuck red onions on the pizza, though.  Shhh.  That will be our little secret.

I really liked this style of entertaining/eating.  Even with 9 people, it worked out great.  The pizzas come out, one after another, at a leisurely pace, about every 15 minutes.  I will be doing more meals that are as laid back and fun as this one as the year goes on, but with different cuisines.

Also, please pardon the photo.  I was trying to snap a quick shot before the cutting board was literally ripped away by my mother and many hands descended on the pizza to devour it.

Blaney Boys BBQ Chicken Pizza

Blaney Boys BBQ Chicken Pizza

Here’s the easy “How to”:

Blaney Boys BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 pkg. Pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s brand )
semolina or cornmeal
1/3 c. BBQ Sauce (we like Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1.5 c. cooked, shredded chicken (Rotisserie chicken works well; save the rest for sandwiches, quesadillas, or soup)
1/4 c. finely diced red onion
2 c.  Gouda &/or Fontina cheese, shredded
2 T. cilantro

Preheat oven to 500 F (or 475 if using convection).  Make sure your oven is clean!

Sprinkle cornmeal or semolina on baking sheet.   If using purchased pizza dough, let it sit at room temperature 20-30 minutes before baking. Flour your hands a little bit if needed and gently work (massage) the dough as it comes out of the package.  Shape it to fit your baking sheet.  If the dough is really springy/bounces back into place, let it rest for a few minutes before working the dough again.

Pre-bake the crust 5 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Top with BBQ sauce, then chicken & red onions.  Add enough of Gouda and /or Fontina cheese to cover.

Bake another 7-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and edges of pizza start to turn golden.

Sprinkle with cilantro.

Enjoy!

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