Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Homemade Pesto Pizza

This cooler weather calls for a toasted pizza bursting with flavor!
Try branching out, letting go of the traditional marinara pizza sauce, or maybe even the BBQ pizza... it's time to meet Pesto Pizza.

Pizza Dough Rolled out with Pesto Sauce, Sauteed Onions & Green Peppers
 Add the tomato, chicken, and cheese
 Bake at 450 and you are done!

Ingredients: (this will make 2 pizza's)
2 rounds of pizza dough ( I used Trader Joe's pre-made whole wheat dough)
mozzarella cheese, shredded
cooked chicken, cubed (see below)
1 tomato, diced
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
pesto pizza sauce (see recipe below)

Pesto Pizza Sauce:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 cups fresh basil
3 cloves garlic

Cooked Chicken:
This recipe is great if you have left over chicken from another dish, if not, here's what I did. I baked a package of chicken that was seasoned with sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a Pyrex dish, then cubed it. I used half for the pizza, and saved half for the next night's salad. Two meals in one :)

If you are using a premade pizza dough, see directions, but the TJ's one will tell you to take your dough out 20 minutes before to let it rise. In a Vitamix or food processor, make your pesto pizza sauce. Then,  on a floured cookie sheet, roll out your pizza dough and spoon on your pesto sauce. You can either add your onions & green peppers raw or saute them for 2 minutes in a drizzle of Grape Seed oil ( I prefer them sauteed with a little s & p!). So, next add your sauteed green peppers, your onion, and your fresh chopped tomato. Sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese and bake for 12 minutes on 450 until cheese is melted and bubbly, golden brown! YUM! 

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