Blackened Chicken Pizza ~ Paula Deen Style

I found the original recipe (and step by step photos) here.

Blackened Chicken Pizza (Paula Deen)

3 teaspoons blackening seasoning, divided (I couldn’t find this – so I made my own: recipe here or here)

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded to 1/4 in. thickness

4 tbs. butter, divided

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 shallot, minced

2 tbs. all purpose flour

1/4 cup white wine

3/4 cup milk

2 tbs. chopped fresh basil

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves

8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Pizza crust

Preheat oven to 450.

Sprinkle 2 teaspoons blackening seasoning evenly over chicken breast. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until done. Remove from heat, cool and cut chicken into bite-size pieces.

In large skillet, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add garlic and shallot, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in flour, cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in wine and milk.

 

Continue to whisk the mixture constantly for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in basil and remaining 1 teaspoon blackening seasoning. Remove from heat.

 

Spread cream mixture evenly over prepared, unbaked crust. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Top evenly with spinach, chicken pieces, and bacon. Sprinkle another 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

So delicious!!  I’m snacking on a piece right now.  Yummmm!

Blackened Seasoning

In case the link disappears – here’s the recipe:

A spicy blackened seasoning for fish, seafood, or chicken.

INGREDIENTS:

1 heaping tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons salt

1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon onion powder

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons black pepper

1/2 teaspoon leaf thyme

1/2 teaspoon leaf oregano

 

PREPARATION:

Mix the ingredients well and funnel into a shaker. Seal well and store in a cool dry place.

 

Credits: http://southernfood.about.com/od/seasoningrecipes/r/bl51113b.htm

Roasted Garlic Hummus

I have been meaning to try my hand at hummus-making for months (if not years), but finally got around to whipping up a batch this afternoon.  As I sit here typing, I’m craving it.  Thankfully, it’s in the fridge waiting for me and my organic tortilla chips from costco that make my life just a bit more enjoyable.  Yes, yes they do.

Roasted Garlic Hummus
1 can garbonzo beans
3-6 T olive oil or canola oil
1 lemon
Johnny’s seasoned salt
pepper
1 head of roasted garlic
a pinch of favorite herb (optional)
So, while only one of the above ingredients is exact – the rest I added and tasted, added another pinch or drizzle, etc.  But first . . .
I busted out my handy (and second favorite kitchen appliance) Magic Bullet.  Next, drain the can of beans (I saved juice – just in case I needed extra liquid).  In the first round, add drained beans, juice from half a lemon, salt and pepper, 6 roasted garlic cloves (to start), 1 tablespoon of oil, and pinch of herb.  Blend and taste and adjust ingredients as needed (more garlic, oil, s and p, etc).  I think I like mine on the thinner side, not soupy by any means, but thinner than bought hummus, so I added a splash of the bean juice.
I think that’s all – I should really write down measurements as I go.  Enjoy!
PS:  I forgot the tahini!!!  Add it!  🙂

I Heart White Vinegar.

The End.

Okay, not really. Of course as usual – I have a lot to say about this subject. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that white vinegar is changing/has changed my life. Forever. I’ll never be the same.
Okay. It’s not that dramatic. But, please – have you seen what that stuff can do?! It’s pretty awesome and crazy. Actually, crazy awesome.
This website gave me some pretty great ideas. Of course, it was after I had already made my own concoction and soaked my limed-up tea kettle and plugged coffee maker – both came out marvelous! Earlier in the week I read a great post by PW (if you’ve yet to meet PW – take a few hours and catch up!) on using a vinegar solution in your hair to help strip the chemicals/minerals from the tap water. I have done this twice and notice lighter, shinier, and overall healthier looking hair. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not a complete transformation. But sometimes a little improvement is a lot of improvement. Ya know?!
On to my next white vinegar adventure. Stay Tuned…..