Friday, July 12, 2013

Lighter Chicken, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion White Pizza

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I'm not afraid to hide the fact that I will happily indulge in a hot slice of Papa John's or Domino's pizza every once in a while. After a long day of work, sometimes the last thing on my mind is making dinner. In those rare instances, a to-your-door-in-thirty-minutes pizza will suffice. But homemade pizza is still my ultimate love.
I like experimenting with different types of pizza. Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza is one of my favorites, but this past time I decided to try something different and wanted to experiment with a white sauce. Simmering milk and Parmesan cheese makes a delectable coating for the crust. Topped with caramelized onions, shredded chicken and mushrooms, this pizza immediately shot to the top of my "favorites" list. Enjoy!
Printable Recipe

  • 1 lb. refrigerated fresh pizza dough
  • 1 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced 
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat milk
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded boneless, skinless roasted chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley                
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle cornmeal over a baking sheet. Roll out the pizza dough so it is the same size as the baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet and set aside.

Melt 1 tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan. Add sliced onion and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until onions are softened and caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt remaining 1 tbsp. butter in another saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add flour, salt and pepper. Stir constantly with a whisk for 1 minute. Continue stirring while gradually adding the milk. Whisk until sauce begins to thicken, about 3 minutes. Turn off heat and add Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. Stir until cheese melts.

Spread the cheese sauce over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with chicken, mushrooms and caramelized onions. Bake on bottom oven rack for 17 minutes or until crust is golden. Sprinkle with oregano, scallions and parsley. Serve.

Source: SK Original

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