All the men in our family cook, not all of them like to cook, but for survival purposes most learned basic things to stay alive. My brother is the exception, he loves to cook. Not only does he love to cook but he often surprises us with unique twists in common recipes we (us girls) would have never tried. He is the quintessential adventurous cook. Not all of his dishes sound appealing to me, I was really not prepared to eat pineapple on my pizza (before it was popular) but after trying it, I was hooked. He expanded our food palette and made us shake our heads at the same time.
This is one of those recipes. Who doesn't love a good slice of pizza? I love the New York style pizza, nothing like it. While in Chicago I learned to love Chicago Style. This is neither of those. I've named it John and Sweet Baby Rays Chicken Pizza. I've never tried it because of my vegetarian eating status, but everyone who has swears it is the best.
I am going to let John explain it via an email he sent, here we go...
honest to god I have no idea what the ingredients were. Usually I'm wingin' it when I cook. Couldn't tell you the dough recipe if my life depended on it. The toppings I would guess are cubed breast meat, fried up in just enough oil so they don't stick. Slivered onion,white, red, yellow, whatever tickles your fancy. Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce, I like the original, but you pick your poison, and mozzarella cheese. If you need more info just call. I can help with the dough, or where to get dough but it's too much typing. And if you have pix of me go right ahead, can't deprive the world of that sort of thing.
Ha Ha love ya, John
Here is a recipe I have used before for pizza dough. It is a good all around dough, good for thin or thick crust and I love the addition of honey instead of sugar. It is from the textbook: "On Cooking" by Sarah R. Labensky and Alan M. Hause
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
2 oz. warm water
14 oz bread flour
6 oz cool water
1 tsp salt
1 oz olive oil
1 Tbsp honey
- In a large bowl, stir the yeast into the warm water until it dissolves. Stir in the flour
- Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Knead dough until it is smooth, around 5 minutes.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover. Keep in a warm place and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
- Punch down the dough. Lightly flour the counter and roll dough into a circle. You can make one large pizza or several individual size pizzas
- Add your toppings and bake at 400 degrees until golden and crispy, around 10 to 12 minutes.
- The dough may be kept for later use in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.