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Late-night Inspiration: MacGyver Pizza


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

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

INGREDIENTS:
(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)

PROCESS:
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!

RESULT:
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.

NOTES:
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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