Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pillsbury Grilled Pizza BlogSpark...Featuring Aye Carumba! Mexican Grilled Chicken Pizza

If you’re like us, Pizza Night is a common occurrence in your house! Sometimes – especially on Fridays – we chill out and have pizza delivered, but I love making pizzas at home too! I love to use my creativity to come up with unique flavor combinations. I have never made homemade pizza dough, so I rely on a variety of ready-made dough options…including Pillsbury’s artisan whole-wheat pizza dough. Have you ever thought about keeping your kitchen cool and cooking your pizza on the grill? With Summer here, Pillsbury knows you and your family want to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. So at your next BBQ, why not grill pizza using one of their tasty recipes ideas, including Pillsbury Barbecue Chicken Pizza or Pillsbury Grilled Pepper & Sausage Pizza?
If you’ve never grilled pizza before, Pillsbury make its easy. They demonstrate the proper technique for grilling pizza.  What if you don’t own an outdoor grill? No worries! You can also grill your pizza indoors using your stovetop and a cast-iron grill pan! I’ll show you how simple method this is by sharing my spicy-good Aye Carumba! Grilled Mexican Chicken Pizza.

This pizza has all our favorite Tex-Mex flavors: spicy sauce, gooey cheese, fajita-spiced chicken, veggies and a cilantro-lime crema drizzle! If you like your food spicy, you’ll definitely love this one! The key to making this pizza is to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go so you can keep an eye on the pizza as it grills to prevent over-browning!
Aye Carumba! Mexican Chicken Pizza
A Weekend Gourmet Original
·          2 green onions, thinly sliced
·          1 seeded, chopped Roma tomato
·          1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional)
·          ½ small avocado, diced (optional)
·          6 ounces refrigerated fajita-flavored chicken breast, diced
·          4 ounce can tomato sauce mixed with ½ cup salsa
·          1 package Pillsbury Artisan Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust
·          2-3 tbs. olive oil
·          2 cups shredded Mexican four-cheese blend
·          Fajita seasoning blend (I used Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Fajita Magic)
·          Cilantro Lime Crema (make this ahead of time):
o    1 cup light sour cream
o    1 tsp. dried cilantro
o    Juice of one lime
o    Salt & pepper to taste


Step 1:  Preheat oven to 200 and place a rimmed cookie sheet inside. Heat a cast-iron grill pan over med-high heat for at least five minutes. Brush it liberally with olive oil. While the grill pan heats, remove the pizza dough from the container. Cut in half and place on parchment paper or foil. Liberally oil the top side. When the pan is hot, add the dough oiled side down and remove the parchment. Let the dough cook until it’s browned on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the crust over and reduce heat to medium.
Step 2:  Top the crust with half of the tomato sauce-salsa mixture. Carefully top with half of the cheese, diced chicken, onion and tomato. If desired, add the avocado and/or jalapeno. Cover with a large plate or lid and cook until the crust is well-browned and the cheese is melted. Keep an eye on the pizza to ensure it doesn’t overbrown…it can go from perfect to over-burnt very quickly. Total cooking time once you flip the crust is approximately 10 minutes, but your mileage may vary!
Step 3: Use a spatula to remove the pizza from the grill pan. Place on a cutting board and add fajita seasoning to taste. Place the pizza on the baking sheet in the pre-heated oven and repeat the cooking process with the second crust and the remainder of the toppings. Just before serving, drizzle the cilantro-lime crema on top of the pizza. Cut into squares and serve.
That’s it…homemade pizza without turning on your oven! The grill pan provides a crunchy crust with gorgeous grill marks on the bottom. The flavors of the pizza are reminiscent of chicken tacos or fajitas, and the addition of salsa to the sauce gives it a bit of heat. We absolutely loved this pizza, and I can’t wait to make it again for Pizza Night!

How would you like to try my fun grilled pizza recipe out on your grill…or on your indoor grill pan? You can!! Pillsbury, via BlogSpark, is going to give one of you a fabulous grilling prize pack valued at $50. The gift pack contains the following goodies to make you a bona fide pizza grill master!
·          19-piece set of grill tools
·          $10 gift card for pizza ingredients
To enter, simply leave me a comment below. Tell me what kind of pizza you’d like to make on your grill if you win the prize pack. Make sure to leave me your e-mail with your comment so I can contact you if you’re the winner! I’ll accept entries until this Saturday 8/3 at 1159 pm CST. I’ll notify the winner via e-mail on Sunday. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a grilling prize pack from Pillsbury and BlogSpark to facilitate this feature. All opinions expressed are my own.

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