I love to make Pizza. Pizzas are a chef’s delight!….They allow for great creativity. I created this recipe to satisfy my friends who do not eat red meat. Chicken is featured here, and although, it can be a flat and tasteless choice for a Pizza, I think you will find that the ingredients I have chosen will provide lots of flavor.
The first thing to know about making a Pizza, is that you should have all of the ingredients ready to go when you assemble it. The second thing to know, is get your oven nice and hot and position the rack to be in the lower one-third of the oven. The third thing to know, is have a clean counter so you have plenty of room to roll out dough, set out your ingredients, etc…..
Now!!!!! if making your own Pizza dough intimidates you!!!!!…..Just buy it….They have it at Trader Joe’s and many other markets. It will save a lot of time.
This recipe comes in two parts: (1)a sauce and (2) the toppings.
In a medium sauce pan, melt 3 TBSP UNSALTED BUTTER and add 4 TBSP FLOUR to make a ROUX. Add 1 1/2 C. MILK and whisk until thickened. Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp SALT, 1/8 tsp WHITE PEPPER, 2 cloves FRESH GARLIC (crushed), and 1 1/2 C. grated WHITE CHEDDAR. Whisk until smooth. set aside. Prepare this about 10 to 15 minutes before assembling your pizza.
Meanwhile you should of had all these toppings pre-measured and chopped,etc.:
1 1/2 C. cooked chopped CHICKEN ( 1/2 inch chop)
8 jarred ARTICHOKE HEARTS (quartered lengthwise and drained well)
4 oz. FRESH MUSHROOMS (sliced thin)
1/3 LARGE ONION (sliced thin)
1/2 C. jarred ROASTED RED BELL PEPPER (chopped)
1/4 C. SUN DRIED TOMATOES (in oil/drained well/ small julienne)
3/4 C. freshly grated PARMESAN CHEESE.
To make the Pizza:
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough to extend larger than a large pizza pan. Place dough on pan and fold dough to form a lip all around the edge of pan. Brush the dough with a COUPLE TBSP’s of OLIVE OIL. This will keep the crust from getting soggy. Scatter all of the toppings (EXCEPT THE PARMESAN) on top of dough. Keep them about 1 inch from the outer edge of pan. Pour the White Cheddar Cheese Sauce to cover the toppings. Sprinkle the Parmesan Cheese evenly on top.
Bake about 30-35 minutes. The pizza will be bubbling all over. Remove from oven and rest for 10-15 minutes . Slice in 12 sections. Serves 6 with a Green Salad. Bon Appetito!