Friday, February 08, 2008

Buffalo Wing Pizza

We watched an episode of Dinner:Impossible on the Food Network where Guy Fieri and Robert Irvine competed with teams of children to concoct the best kid-friendly summer-camp foods. They each had to prepare certain items, like pizza, pasta, and dessert. Guy Fieri's team made this buffalo chicken pizza that all the kids loved and it looked very tasty. So I decided to veg it up and make it this week. Bought all the ingredients, decided to make it for our first 'date night' at home...

And then I regretted my decision. First, I used buffalo "chick'n" wings from Morningstar farms, which are made of soy. Second, salad dressing on a pizza? It started to sound nauseating and icky. All day today I tried to think of back-up options for when this meal inevitably failed: maybe we have some extra dumplings from earlier in the week? Tater tots? Grilled cheese sandwiches?

It turns out all my worrying was for naught. The pizza turned out quite delicious. Not at all nauseating. We preferred the sections with ranch dressing versus the blue cheese, but even the blue cheese parts were good. The soy chicken was surprisingly delicious, even on its own - a drastic change from the cardboard-like soy chicken I have cooked with before (I am not a fan of the fake poultries). We were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this. I can't say we would make it again, but it's a great, kid-friendly meal (or Super Bowl meal) that is tasty and fun.

None of our pictures turned out well, so you don't get a picture.

Buffalo Wing Pizza
Dinner: Impossible

1/4 cup olive oil
2 large white onions, sliced
2 (16-inch) pizza shells
1/2 cup hot sauce, your choice
2 packages prepared pre-cooked chicken nuggets (or soy chicken, of course)
1 (8-ounce) package shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat, reserving the balance. Cook the onions until they caramelize.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread 1 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil over each of the 2 pizza shells. Spoon 1/4 cup of the hot sauce over each of the pizza shells. Lay out 1 package of chicken nuggets on each pizza shell. Distribute the caramelized onions over the 2 pizzas. Sprinkle the Monterey jack cheese and mozzarella cheese over the pizzas. Drizzle ranch and blue cheese dressings over the pizza toppings and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and chicken is heated through.

Yield: 12 slices

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