I had mentally prepared the ingredients in my head, knew what I wanted the pizza to taste like... but I seriously did not have time to make my own crust. Normally I use my bread baker or my favorite artisan bread recipe Artisan Pizza Crust. So I used the next best thang "EVAHHHH"!! I used my go to in a hurry pizza crust HERE. Can I just say that is the best, easiest pizza crust ever!! No, I'm not getting any endorsements. This is simply between me and you, "shhhhhh, our little secret".
This pizza follows my "theme" of Fall. It's chock full of spiced chicken, glazed apples, sauteed onions, maple syrup and sharp cheddar cheese!! It's absolutely outta this world good, hot or COLD!! How do I know this you ask? "Ahhhhh", so after "Tall guy #1 & Tall guy #2" came into the kitchen (after a few beers mind you) and asked me if there was any more pizza left. I said yes, just a few pieces but they are cold now. They said "no worries". I pulled the pizza out, laid on a plate and... are you ready? Grab hold of something now... they took the first bite, made the "moan noise" and then proceeded to find their wives and share!!
These are good men I tell you, "good men"!! :-)
Ready for the recipe? Here we go;
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 medium Granny Smith apples sliced very thin (I used my mandolin, be CAREFUL, USE THE FINGER GUARD for the love of all Holy...)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cumin powder
pinch of salt
1 large onion sliced very thin (mandolin, follow warning above)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
2 pkgs pizza mix (follow instructions on package)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 package) divided
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Pour lemon juice over apples and stir so they do not become brown. Set aside.
Rinse and dry your chicken. Dice into small pieces.
In a medium saute pan over medium high heat add your oil. Heat oil and add your chicken pieces. Saute till chicken is no longer pink. Add your spices. Saute for a minute or so longer, take off heat, place in bowl and set aside.
Using same saute pan (why dirty another pan I say), we are going to start on our apples.
Over medium heat, melt your butter. Add your apples, let them begin to soften, about 1 minute or so. Now add your just delectable if I could bathe in it I would brown sugar (did I actually say that out loud)?? Oh my, YES!!!!!
Now add that spice of life cumin and your pinch of salt!! Saute for just a minute longer. You want them soft but firm. You don't want mush, they will bake in the oven. Place in a bowl and set aside.
Finally, let's saute our onions. Again using the same saute pan, melt your 2 tbsp of butter, add your onions. Let saute till just turning soft, add your salt & pepper. Turn off heat and set aside. You don't have to dirty another bowl or plate, leave in pan, they will hang out till their needed!!
Bake for 6-7 minutes. Pull out of oven. While still warm, drizzle/baste your maple syrup over the pizza crust. Add 3/4 cup of your sharp cheddar cheese.
Preheat oven to 425F.
Now add your sauteed chicken, evenly distributing over the pizza, as such!
Let's place our delicious apples around the chicken, like so.
I know... it's almost "dig right in now" moment!! But wait, there is more!!
Let's add our succulent onions!!
Oh heaven's to Betsy, I'm ready right now... but wait!! Let's add are remaining sharp cheddar cheese!!!
Were gonna bake this amazing goodness for 12-14 minutes till nicely golden and all the gooey cheese has melted.
Cut into as many big or small pieces you would like. I made them into appetizers so I cut about 20 pieces. I highly recommend to go by your preference... remember, my "theme" is appetizers. If you want a meal, then I strongly suggest bigger pieces.
This tasty pizza was so very easy to make, yet the taste was utter gourmet!!
Your guests will love you, your family will love you, and amongst all this love fest, you will have an amazing pizza!!
Till next time!!
Dishin with Didi