Have you ever eaten something out, and thought to yourself: I could make this better? I had one of those moments at a work meeting. It was a ‘catered’ event, which means they ordered us pizza. One of the pies had pickles and some kind of chicken on it. I had never had pickles on my pizza, and really liked the flavor combination. However, I thought the chunks of chicken were too big, and their wasn’t quite a balance between the flavors and topping distribution on the pie. All I could think was, I could make this better!
RECIPE: Pickles on my Pizza
Makes a Very Large Pizza
Cast iron pans
Plastic Cutting Board
Oven set to 450 Degrees
Habanero Hot Sauce
Sourdough Pizza Dough
Kosher Style Pickles
1) Begin by heating up two cast iron pans.
2) On a plastic cutting board, cut the raw chicken into bite size pieces.
3) Add the chicken to the cast iron pan and pour over the hot sauce. I used a 4 ounce jar of hot sauce so that it can marinate as it cooks and absorb the flavor.
4) In the other pan, begin heating the tomatoes seasoned with oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. With home much is going on to the pizza, you want the sauce to be a very simple and straight forward marinara style sauce.
5) In a bowl, its time to make homemade ranch for the pizza drops. Combine a large scoop of mayo with 2 teaspoons of parsley, a dash of paprika, and a ton of garlic powder. Stir well.
6) Shred 4-8 ounces of mozzarella cheese depending on your preferred cheese level.
7) Stir the chicken and set it off the heat to cool a bit.
8) On a well greased baking sheet, begin laying out your pizza dough.
9) Spread a layer of sauce over the dough and sprinkle with cheese.
10) Distribute the chicken, pickle slices, and pickles jalapenos evenly across the pizza to ensure even coverage and balance of flavors.
11) Drop or drizzle ranch dressing onto the pie before baking.
12) Bake the pizza until the crust is down and the cheese is melted, 15-30 minutes depending on how hot the oven is and how thin your crust is.
13) Move the pie to a clean wooden cutting board and let it rest for a moment before slicing and serving.
I decided to go square cut on this pizza, mostly because I got nostalgic thinking about the pizza we used to eat at my Nana’s house. It was a huge hit in our house, and my husband has already said he wants more pickles on pizzas in the future.
I also love homemade of this pizza used my home-canned goods. The peppers, pickles, and hot sauce were all made from locally grown produce I either grew myself, was given by friends and coworkers, or bought at the market!