Mushroom, Onion, and Chicken Pizza

18 Dec

This recipe is definitely a step up from Pizza Hut. And don’t get me wrong, I love a greasy, cheesy pepperoni pizza every now and then. But this is a pizza of its own style — one of those fancy pizzas with a garlic cream sauce, caramelized onions, and mushrooms. I got the recipe from Budget Bytes. As that blog author writes, it is a meal of love. If you home make the pizza dough the same day, prepare for a long night/next day of waiting. This recipe will take forever. Luckily for me, I had a batch of pizza dough leftover in my freezer. When I make things like that (things that are time consuming), I tend to make double batches so that I can also have a back up in the freezer. Whenever I make the double batch, I hate myself. Yet, when I use the freezer batch, I hug myself for being so clever.

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Ingredient List:
– Pizza dough

Toppings
– Mushrooms (the more, the merrier in my world)
– 2 onions
– Shredded chicken
– Mozzarella cheese
– Cilantro

Garlic cream sauce
– 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
– 1/2 cup whole milk
– 1 tbsp butter
– Half package (about 4 oz) cream cheese
– Salt & Pepper

Ingredients:

1. Caramelize your onions. I slice 2 onions and cook them in my dutch oven with olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper. This takes roughly half an hour. As it cooks, add water so that the onions don’t stick to the bottom of your pan. Once the onions are almost done, add either a dash of balsamic vinegar or red wine to deglaze your pan and add that touch of sweetness. I always mean to add red wine, but then I end up drinking it instead. Whoops.

2. For the chicken, take a few tenderloins and boil them with salt, onion, and garlic. When cooked, shred.

3. In a large skillet, cook your mushrooms with some minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

4. Now, the garlic cream sauce. I followed the directions on the blog I got this recipe from pretty carefully. I added a few extra cloves of garlic, because I simply can’t resist, and it was a rather garlic-y sauce. I liked it. In a different pan from the mushrooms, take about 1 tbsp butter and cook it with a few cloves of minced garlic. When the butter melts, add the cream cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Whisk together until smooth.

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5. Once your onions, mushrooms, chicken, and garlic cream sauce are done, it’s time to assemble your pizza! Spread your dough out into the shape you want. I made mine this mis-shaped rectangle so I could use a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil to cook it. Spread the garlic cream sauce all over. Spread a generous portion of mozzarella cheese all over. Top with chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Sprinkle cilantro over the top.

6. Bake. If you are using store bought dough, bake according to package instructions. Since I had made this dough at home, I just set my oven to 350 and baked for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese was melted.

7. Serve up your swanky, gourmet pizza! Enjoy with a glass of wine and a side salad of kale, orange, and avocado.

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The Boyfriend Rates It: 4.6
I was not in the kitchen at all for the prep of this meal but it seemed so simple to me, yet it was soo delicious. The sweetness of the caramelized onions balanced out well with the earthiness of the mushrooms. And, as a Mexico-gene (fix if its spelled wrong babe) I love anything topped with fresh cilantro.

Extra Note:
One, my boyfriend is super cute. He left that note for me like I would edit it out but it makes me smile, so I decided to leave it. And two, it would actually be Mexicojin. A person from Mexico. Since boyfriend always calls the Spanish work for Japanese,”Japones” (which was an improvement from when he called me “china” – which I am not), I started calling him this.

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