Friday, January 29, 2010

Pizza is his specialty!

My husband and I first met at a BBQ his roommate was throwing. We only spoke for about 5 minutes, but then we ran into each other the very next night at another party. That night we talked for about 3 hours. I really liked him and hoped I'd get a chance to see him again. Then the most amazing thing happened; he called and asked me out on a date. A real date! Not a "hang out" or "a bunch of us are going out...want to come" kind of date. He called and said..."I really like you and would love to take you to dinner this weekend".

Ok, so maybe it's not that amazing, but in my 16 years of dating experience most guys had not been that straight forward. Most of my relationships started out with the "hang out" thing. The confusing, "is this a date or just a friend" thing. Which lasted for several weeks or months until you finally had that dreaded DTR (define the relationship) conversation. Sometimes it ended good, but sometimes not-so-much. My husband didn't beat around the bush. We had a great date and then he called and asked me out again. It was so refreshing and obviously ended really well.

Speaking of our second date, it was pretty great as well. This time he cooked for me; also a very impressive quality! It wasn't a gourmet 6 course meal, but really good pizza. Pizza is one of his specialties. I knew he was a keeper.

This recipe for Pizza is one of his favorites. He even made the pizza pictured below. Thanks honey! I love the pizza and I love you!!

(Recipe from California Pizza Kitchen)

Recipe makes 3 (9-inch) pizzas

Jerk Chicken Pieces
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Caribbean Sauce
1/2 tablespoon cold water
1/2 teaspoon Wondra Flour
1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
3/4 teaspoon jerk seasoning

For the Pizza
8 ounces pizza dough (I use this recipe for pizza dough.)
1/2 tablespoon Caribbean Sauce
1 cup mozzarella
1/4 cup roasted red and yellow peppers
1/4 cup sliced yellow onions
1/4 cup crispy bacon
13 to 15 pieces Jerk Chicken (3/4-inch)
Sprinkling of additional mozzarella
1 tablespoon chopped green scallions

To make Jerk Chicken:

Preheat grill to 450 degrees F.

1. In a clean mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the Jerk seasoning and Cayenne pepper and set aside.
2. Trim all fat from chicken breasts. Line a cutting board with plastic wrap and place chicken breasts skin side up on the plastic wrapped cutting board. Cover chicken breasts with an additional layer of plastic wrap.
3. Use a mallet to pound the thick side of the breast to 1/2-inch. The breasts should be 1/2-inch thick. DO NOT OVER-POUND.
4. Coat chicken breasts with olive oil in mixing bowl. Place oil-coated chicken breasts on a sheet pan with skin side up.
5. Using your fingers, sprinkle half of the jerk seasoning and cayenne pepper mix over one side of the breasts. Turn breast over and with your fingers sprinkle the remaining of jerk seasoning and cayenne pepper mix over the other side of all breasts.
6. Place the seasoned side of the breasts on a 450 degree F grill. Grill at a diagonal to the vertical grooves. After 2 minutes rotate the breasts 45 degrees to produce diamond shaped grill marks. Continue grilling this same side for approximately 2 minutes longer (or until the outer edges begin to turn from pink to white and opaque). Turn the breasts over and grill for approximately 2 minutes. Rotate the breasts 45 degrees and grill for about 2 minutes more. The breasts must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
7. Transfer the chicken breasts to a sheet pan in one well-spaced layer. Refrigerate immediately and chill to 40 degrees F.
8. Cut breasts into 3/4-inch pieces.

To make Caribbean Sauce:

1. Add water to a mixing bowl. Slowly sprinkle flour into water while whisking at the same time. Break up any clumps.
2. Add sweet chili sauce and jerk seasoning to flour mixture. Mix thoroughly.
3. Add sauce to a non-stick saute pan and cook over high flame for approximately 5 to 6 minutes. Stir continuously.
4. When sauce is thickened transfer to a container and store at room temperature.

To make the pizza:

1. Use a spoon to spread the Caribbean sauce to within an inch of the outer edge of a stretched pizza dough.
2. Distribute ingredients to within 1/2-inch of the outer edge of the pizza.
3. Distribute mozzarella over the Caribbean sauce.
4. Distribute roasted peppers over the mozzarella.
5. Distribute onions over peppers.
6. Distribute bacon over the onions.
7. Distribute Jerk Chicken over the bacon.
8. Sprinkle additional mozzarella over the entire pizza.
9. Cook the pizza at 500 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. (or follow your pizza crust recipe cooking instructions.)
10. Garnish with scallions after cooking.

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Chellese said...

Arnold really was a keeper. I love this post.

pam said...

LOVE this story!!! So cute! I'm so glad you and Arnold found each other. You're both fabulous!

(By the way, can you tell I'm playing "blog-catch-up" today???)

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