Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

Wanna know something I am loving right now? Pizza + Salad. Together. It's delicious. We discovered this trend at Mellow Mushroom the other weekend, and we loved it. Now, I can't stop thinking of all the combinations that I want to make... cobb salad pizza, thai chopped salad pizza, and so many more. Basically it's a hot pizza with a cold, tossed salad on top. So for my Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza, I topped some dough with pesto, lots of cheese, roasted chicken, crispy pancetta, and sun dried tomatoes. Then, I piled on a salad of romaine lettuce that is dressed with homemade caesar dressing, and finally garnished it with some freshly shaved parmesan. It was absolutely wonderful. So hearty, yet you feel somewhat better because there's a salad on top. I mean instantly, it's healthy because that's involved, right? Right. That's how Southerners think anyway!! Enjoy :)
The Cold Salad Topping: Romaine Lettuce Tossed in Homemade Caesar Dressing & Fresh Parmesan
The Hot Pizza Base with Pesto, Cheese, Roasted Chicken, Pancetta, & Sun Dried Tomatoes
Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza
For the Pizza:
1 Pizza Dough
Homemade Pesto
2C Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
1C Provolone, Shredded
¼C Parmesan, Grated
Roasted Chicken, Sliced
Crispy Pancetta, Crumbled
Sun Dried Tomatoes, Julienned

For the Homemade Caesar Dressing:
1T Garlic, Minced
2T Fresh Parsley, Minced
2t Anchovy Paste
1t Dijon Mustard
2T Lemon Juice
½C Mayo
¼C Sour Cream
¼C Parmesan, Grated
For the Caesar Salad Topping:
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce, Roughly Chopped
Prepared Caesar Dressing
Shaved Parmesan
Salt & Pepper, To Taste

1. For the Homemade Caesar Dressing: Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth and incorporated. Set it aside.
2. For the Pizza: Preheat the oven to 475 degrees and arrange the rack in the bottom half of the oven. Roll out the pizza dough until very thin on a pizza pan. Spread a thin layer of homemade pesto. Top with shredded mozzarella & provolone, grated Parmesan, sliced roasted chicken, crispy pancetta, and sun dried tomatoes. Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
3. While the pizza is baking, toss the romaine lettuce with the prepared Caesar dressing until coated.
4. Remove the pizza from the oven and top it with the tossed salad. Garnish the top with shaved Parmesan.
5. Cut into slices and serve immediately.

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