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Late-night Inspiration: MacGyver Pizza

Late night.
Nothing is open.  No pizza spots.  No shawarma spots.  Nothing.
What to do?

Open the fridge, dig around and then… VOILA!!

(Yields 2 servings)
– Naan bread
– Roasted red pepper hummus
– Havarti cheese slices
– 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
– 1/2 tomato, thinly sliced
– small bunch of Baby spinach (or try fresh basil leaves or arugula)
– 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
– pre-cooked chicken breast chunks
– Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

This can easily be varied, but at 4am this is what I ended up doing.

– Preheat oven to 450 degrees
– Spread hummus evenly, but not too heavily onto Naan bread.
– Arrange half of garlic slices on top of hummus (for each pizza)
– Cover hummus and garlic with havarti cheese slices; you may have to break them into pieces to fit (approx. 1.5 slices per pizza)
– Top each pizza with tomato, onion, spinach and chicken
– Place pizzas on flat sheet pan and bake in oven for approx. 5-7 minutes or until cheese melts and vegetables begin to wilt or become a tad bit charred on the edges.
– Drizzle Sriracha on top, if desired.
– Cut pizza into 4 slices (or not) and ENJOY!

Far beyond my expectation, this pizza just might be the beginning of a whole new era in “homemade,” easy pizza-making.
Naan bread, being a bit thicker and fluffier than Pita, provides a little more substance and, unlike Pita bread, will not yield a crispy, thin-crust style pizza every time.   While the traditional mozzarella would be just as good and an obvious, choice topping, Havarti was just perfect and had a nice flavor (which could even be enhanced if it were jalapeno Havarti!).  Hummus freakin rules over marinara/pizza sauce in my opinion.  I don’t know that I would even care to try this same recipe with tomato sauce.  To me, I think using hummus is more interesting to the taste and allows you the space to then add fresh tomato slices as an additional topping instead.

In future attempts at making this Naan pizza, I put the spinach/arugula under the cheese instead.  This way it held down to the pizza better instead of falling off even while cutting it.  I also tried jalapenos slices on top – NICE!  Chicken, by the way, is totally not necessary for this pizza.  Vegetarian style tastes just as amazing!

**  I would like to add, shamelessly, that I was totally not sober when I first made this.  Making sure it wasn’t a fluke, I did it again the next evening while NOT inebriated and it was still amazing.  SCORE! =)


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This entry was posted on May 7, 2012 by in Chicken, Random cooking and tagged , , , .
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