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Overall when it comes to chicken pizza ANYWHERE I become forlorn. I hate pizza sauce on it. I mean come on. The chicken is usually dried out too. It's never spicy enough (even though I am a wimp when it comes to spice). So in usual Momma Cupcake style I decided to make up my own recipe. My family thinks I'm a god now....or at least a demi-god. I remember how I used to love Pizza Hut pizza. I just thought it was the most amazing thing. But now, if we ever go there I can taste that the pizza dough was frozen. It has that certain freezer flavor. You know what I'm talking about. Even if you have never made homemade pizza please try it! I promise you it isn't that hard. Kids are always willing to help! Especially since it means they can a snag a piece of pepperoni here and some mozzarella there. You would think that my bandits wouldn't like the spicyness of this pizza but they love it! They even eat 5 Alarm Chili. I blame my husband. Even James and Josh eat really spicy food. So I am left alone in my wimpyness. But I do answer the calling when I make this pizza. The blue cheese cools it off even for spice wimps.
Even though I am a spice wimp I am so not a wimp in the kitchen. I want a chance to prove that I am THE NEXT IRON FOODIE!
I have to answer a few questions. *clears throat*
1. Why do you want to compete in this challenge:
Free food. That and the glory and honor of having the title of *sucks in a really big breath of air* IRON FOODIE!
2. Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would you like to spend the day in & why? Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antoine Careme, or The Swedish Chef?
Seriously? Swedish Chef of course! I have a muppet crush on him. I mean just look at him...
Well. Truth is I don't have to hide it. I am the supreme dictator of my kitchen. So if I make I get to swipe it. M'kay?
4. Sum your childhood up in one meal.
Exploded, overcooked hot dogs and boxed, generic, made with generic margarine and not milk mac and cheese out of a box. For dessert: that look that says don't even ask if there is any.
5. The one mainstream food you can’t stand?
Tuna Noodle Casserole. That's not food that the stuff sticking to the base of your toilet (like hair, lint, mildewy stuff...I had to clean it when I was was a kid).
Yeah...great memories. Let us concentrate on something delicious.
Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza by Momma Cupcake
MY GO-TO PIZZA DOUGH
- 2 1/2 tsps active dry yeast
- 1 2/3 cups warm water
- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup semolina flour
- 1 tbs sea salt
- 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
- Marie Calander's Blue Cheese Dressing
- crumbled blue cheese
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breast, raw and cubed
- Louisiana Hot Sauce <
- specialty hot sauce of your choice (the extra extra hot kind)
- red pepper flakes
- mozzarella, shredded
- For chicken before you make the dough place cubed chicken in a plastic container that has a lid.
- Add a whole bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce and as much specialty hot sauce you can handle.
- Put in fridge to marinate.
- To make dough, in the bowl of your stand mixer, sprinkle the dry yeast over the warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Place the bowl on the mixer fitted with the dough hook and add the olive oil, semolina flour, and salt; mix until combined.
- Add the all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is smooth but not sticky., about 10 minutes.
- Form the dough into a ball, put in a lightly oiled bowl, and turn to coat with oil.
- Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Punch down the dough, transfer to a lightly floured surface.
- Divide into to separate but equal parts, kneading while you shape them.
- Cover a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
- While you are waiting cook marinated chicken in skillet with the lid on.
- When done let cool in pan with all the juices and lid still on.
- Work each ball of dough into flattened ball and roll into a round.
- Place the rounds on a flour-dusted pastry board.
- Use rolling pin to make as large and thin as you want.
- Transfer to pizza pans.
- Mix blue cheese dressing and the crumbled blue cheese in a small bowl.
- Ladle the sauce onto the prepared pizza rounds, distributing evenly.
- Retrieve the chicken with a slotted spoon and distribute the chicken evenly over the pizza.
- With a ladle drizzle the remaining marinade over the chicken.
- Sprinkle as much mozzarella over the chicken as you want.
- Sprinkle the red pepper flakes over mozzarella.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until its golden brown.
- Have extra blue cheese dressing for dipping.