I love pizza, because it gives me a chance to be creative and imprecise. You don’t need to measure everything perfectly, and it’s okay if you don’t have all the right ingredients. Basically you just need the dough, and something tasty to put on top of it. For pizza toppings, I often use whatever I have in my fridge. This time I had some roast chicken that was left over from dinner the night before, so I thought that would be perfect for this pizza. I decided that Mexican flavours would be fun, and added salsa, pizza sauce, black beans, frozen corn, green onions and cheese. Oh, and I put a little pineapple on it too, because Cole won’t eat pizza unless it has pineapple on it.
For crust, I love it thick and soft, and I find that this whole wheat pizza dough recipe in the bread machine
suits my taste perfectly. You can of course use whatever dough you want, or a pre-made pizza crust is great too, especially if you’re short on time. I know Tony prefers a thin crust, but I’ll be honest, I make pizza for my own enjoyment, not his, so thick crust it is! Maybe that’s mean, but hey, if he wants to make his own thin-crust pizza one day I’ll happily eat it. Until then, we do it my way. He still eats it and doesn’t complain, although I notice he never eats the crust. He complimented this Mexican pizza and ate several slices of it (minus the crust), so I think it was a hit with him. Cole didn’t like the beans that much, but he managed to eat one piece of it. I even let him make his own pizza so he could put on the toppings that he liked, and he chose to put beans on it, but I guess he didn’t realize that he didn’t like beans on pizza. At least he knows now.
Bennett was happy with the pizza, beans and all, and ate a couple good slices of it. I liked it too, and will definitely make this again.
Here’s my very imprecise recipe:
1 large pizza crust
cooked shredded chicken
pineapple tidbits (optional)
Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the crust, then the salsa. Next place the chicken, black beans, pineapple, corn and green onions evenly over top of the sauce and salsa. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake according to pizza dough/crust directions.