One of my very favorite things to make is pizza crust. It is easy to work with, opens the doors to so many flavors, and makes everyone oh so happy. This luau on a flatbread is so refreshing yet comforting – the best of both worlds with chicken, pineapple, melt-y mozzarella, and cilantro. And, yes. It includes bacon. Because, well, bacon.
Pizza Dough Recipe
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
Combine yeast and water in a mixing bowl. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Add olive oil. Measure out flour and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and add dry ingredients. (Adding salt first can kill the yeast so be sure to add at same time as flour.)
Stop mixing when everything comes together. Remove dough from beater and cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean towel. Place in a warm location and allow to rise for one hour. Preheat oven to 450F. Roll out dough as thin (or thick) as you like. Adjust baking time accordingly as a thin crust will not take as long to bake as a thick one.
- 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1 can diced pineapple, drained (save pineapple juice to enjoy later in a cocktail or pineapple dessert, perhaps)
- 1 pound chicken breasts – grilled, baked, or slow-cooked
- 1 cup bacon bits
- 1 jalepeno minced
- 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
Place rolled-out unbaked crust on a baking sheet or a pizza stone. Brush crust with barbecue sauce. Top sauce with pineapple pieces, chicken, minced jalepeno, and then mozzarella cheese. Bake on lowest shelf if you have a thick-crust pizza. Bake until cheese is melted fully and crust is golden brown (about 10- 15 minutes).
Another fun option, is to grill your pizza dough on both sides and then add toppings after crust is almost fully baked. Bake until cheese is fully melted.
After pizza is done, remove from oven and top with remaining ingredients.
A lot easier than cooking a 180-pound pig in the ground and will still have you doing the hula in no time.