Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More Grilled Pizza at Home

After eating at two Venezualan arapas restaurants and photographing pizza at Pasita recently for the new site, I must have had the La Reina ingredients floating around in my head. After getting hit hard after walking around in the heat on Sunday, comfort food needed to be on the menu and pizza came to mind. Pizza dough from the pizza guy on the corner, chicken, avocado, mushrooms, crema: fresh, clean, vibrant, pizza - just what I needed. Of course, I made sure there was enough pizza dough left over to make a tasting sample of dessert pizza (peanut butter and chocolate sauce, nutella, chocolate sauce).

Incidentally, this is the second time in a week, I have used crema in a dish and both times I used low fat sour cream. I am not a low fat focused person, but for me this crema recipe is really easy and provides good flavor and zing. I need to do a complete taste test with non-fat, low fat, and full fat sour cream. I did the same thing with cream cheese and have ended up using low fat at home all the time. The non-fat just tastes chalky and loses its creaminess, but the low fat works well for me.

ENTREE
Ingredients

- pizza dough
- olive oil
- chicken breast (1 breast)
- 2 handfuls cremini mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 ripe Haas avocado slided
- crema (lowfat sour cream, lime zest from 1/2 lime, juice from 1/2 lime)

Recipe
Heat a grill pan over high heat on the stove. In a saute pan cook the thinly sliced chicken strips and then the sliced mushrooms in olive oil, seasoning with salt and pepper.

For the crema, mix together the sour cream, lime zest, and lime juice.

Roll out / stretch out the pizza dough with a little flour either with a rolling pin or your hands (I would just stretch the dough using your hands). Brush olive oil on the pasta dough and place on the hot grill pan. When the dough is browned and bubbly on the first side, flip and cook the second side.

Slice the ripe avocado and set aside. On the cooked pizza crust, add slices of chicken, mushrooms, top with the avocado slices, and finally drizzle with crema. Such a fresh, zesty, creamy pizza.


DESSERT
Ingredients

- pizza dough
- sugar
- Nutella
- Chocolate sauce / spread
- Peanut butter

Recipe
Prep the pizza dough as above except instead of drizzling with olive oil, sprinkle both sides with sugar. The sugar creates a lovely crispy, caramelized crust on the dough. On a hot grill pan, cook both sides of the pizza. When cooked spread peanut butter and chocolate spread on one third, Nutella on anther third, and chocolate spread on the last third.

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