Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 338: Pesto Chicken Pizza

Yield: 3-4 servings
Time (Start to Finish): 1 hour 30 min

1 store bought pizza dough, uncooked
8-12 oz parmesan cheese
1 tomato
4 slices chicken breast

1 handful basil
1 handful toasted walnuts
1 handful parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 garlic clove
olive oil drizzled in, about ½ cup

1. Begin by making the pesto for this pizza by taking the basil, walnuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper and putting them in a food processor or blender. Turn on and drizzle in the olive oil until it becomes a thick paste that is spreadable but holds its form. Taste it and adjust salt and pepper. You can even add a little onion powder
2. Take the dough and cook according to the directions. Mine told me to preheat the oven to 400F, oil a cookie sheet, spread the dough out with flour and bake until it becomes not shiny, about 10 min
3. I removed the dough, covered the top with pesto, sprinkled on parmesan cheese, then chicken pieces and diced the tomato after taking out the seeds.
4. Brush the edges with olive oil and bake until the cheese melts and begins to brown and the edges brown as well

Rating: 4.5 strawberries
Notes: The only way to improve this would be to make my own crust. I am at Sarahs beautiful house and we wanted to chill, eat dinner and watch a movie, Happy 4th of july!!! I made this pizza from fresh ingredients in her backyard as well as freshly bought items, and it turned out wonderful! Served best with a variety of cocktails! Also this pizza is good cold the next day. You can add anything to the top you like, and fresh pesto is so simple. You can also use pine nuts, or macadamia nuts for different pizzas you may make. Thanks sarah!! A chill evening with the girls and a fresh homemade pizza..pure heaven

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