Walk Away Joe Chicken Pizza? Actually I've had the song "Walk Away Joe" stuck in my head the whole time I was making dinner...It's actually the only Trisha Yearwood song I can think of right now and I know she had a bunch of hits back in the day.
I know you're thinking...What does Trisha Yearwood have to do with dinner?..pizza?...and Why is he even talking about her?
Well this recipe actually comes from her cookbook...Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood. OK, so I'm not the biggest fan of her music...I mean I can only think of one of her songs...but I do like this book...and lately I've been craving comfort food...food like my mom makes...and this book is full of it.
While I'm renaming the recipe...I wouldn't really consider it pizza either...cause there is no sauce...so this pizza is more like a flat bread to me...and yes, I am totally aware that some very authentic pizzas have no sauce...but the pizza I'm used to has sauce.
I've made this recipe a couple times now...really because it is just so simple. I always grill a few extra chicken breasts on the weekends...to have on hand for recipes like this...So it really is a breeze to throw together.
Both times I've made it I've used canned refrigerated crust, but I'm sure these toppings would only be better on a homemade crust or store bought fresh pizza dough.
adapted from Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood
2 13.8 oz cans premade pizza crust
4 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 cups)
8 oz cheddar cheese , shredded (2 cups)
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 red onion, cut into thin strips
3 grilled boneless skinless breast halves, diced
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough to fit two 15-inch pizza pans. Drizzle 1 tbs of olive oil over each crust. Top each crust with half the garlic, followed by 1/2 cup of both cheeses on each crust. Top each crust with half the red bell pepper, sliced onion, chicken, and bacon, then another 1/2 cup of each cheese on both crusts. Drizzle each pizza with 1 tbs more olive oil. Season the top of each pizza lightly with salt and black pepper. Bake the pizzas for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crusts are lightly browned. Cut each pizza into 8 pieces.
This recipe makes two pizzas, but can easily be halved.