It's been busy with us. Over the fourth of July holiday, we decided to take a road trip to the beach. With gas prices, I was eager to find ways to save money, so I packed our lunch for the trip out and the first day. Simple sandwiches and fresh fruit, we saved money on two meals and a few snacks. After the trip, we had some leftover sliced provolone but no meat... Daniel isn't fond of cheese sandwiches so I had to figure out a way to use it up. I remembered once that he had made Chicken Provolone with slices of provolone cheese and dried Italian herbs. I already had some thawed chicken thighs on hand!
See what you think for yourself:
Chicken Provolone Flatbread with Carmelized Onions and Roasted Peppers
- 1 1/4 cup wheat flour
- 1/4 cup white flour
- 1/4 cup corn meal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chicken stock (or water)
- 2 boneless/skinless thighs, cooked (or 1 boneless/skinless breast, cooked)
- 1/4 lb provolone cheese, sliced or shredded
- 1 red bell pepper, roasted (you can use jarred roasted peppers too - enough to top pizza in desired amount)
- 1/2 onion, sliced and caramelized over low heat
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- Olive Oil
- Black pepper
Meanwhile, make your crust. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients thoroughly. Slowly add broth (or water) and mix with hands. The dough is ready when it comes away from the sides of the bowl. Sprinkle a non-stick pan with some cornmeal. Press/form dough to desired shape and thickness. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
(By now, your onions should be ready and your pepper should be soft enough to be peeled and sliced. Chop your cooked chicken into 1-inch pieces)
Remove crust from oven and drizzle with olive oil. Spread chicken pieces evenly over crust. Now, lay the cheese evenly over pizza. Sprinkle oregano over cheese. Add the final layer of caramelized onions and sliced roasted peppers. Place back into oven for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. For a crispier crust, slide whole flatbread off of pan (the cornmeal should help with this) and straight onto the rack of the oven.
Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper and slice into eighths to serve.
Pizza we don't have to feel (too) guilty about! Yay!
Back to our vacation, we had a wonderful surprise when we got back... Ivy of Kopiaste (also a friend from GCC and Foodbuzz) awarded us with a You Make My Day Award:
Thanks Ivy! You make MY day with your delicious recipes from Cyprus and Greece!
In turn I'm awarding it to 5 other bloggers - (no rules, this is without pressure, but the guidelines state that I should send it to 5-10 bloggers that inspire me and make me happy):
Mimi of Delectable Tidbits , an old favorite and one of the bloggers that inspired me to start our own blog :)
Dork Chow shows the other sides of food, such as humor and politics.
Haley of Appogiatura , a Georgia girl who knows good food!
Sandra of Hey I Can Eat That has wonderful ideas and recipes for those with dietary restrictions and food allergies.
Kevin of Closet Cooking - he's got a tiny kitchen, just like us! I love reading his blog and drooling over his food-pics, he never runs out of ideas for good food.
Thanks to all of you for being an inspiration and fun/interesting read! You Make My Day!