I created the sauce for this pizza on the fly a few months ago after watching my friend make a white sauce for a smothered chicken breast dish. I wanted to create the same sauce, but I didn't actually quite know what she put in it, so I made it up as I went.
I was told to never add that much sour cream to a recipe because it would taste funky, but I have forgotten who told me that by now.
Either way, that person was wrong!
The moral of the story is, trust your instincts, color outside the lines, march to the beat of your own drum... Sappy stuff like that. Your instincts, though, are the very best tool you can possibly have in the kitchen (also sappy, but so true).
Notice I don't add the basil until the pizza has finished cooking. Adding basil too soon and heating it too much will cause it to lose its flavor. Therefore, I add it at the end.
White pizza is phenomenal, and is clearly superior over red pizza. The problem with it is, there are so many toppings to choose from that all pair wonderfully with that creamy sauce.
Who says you have to choose? Every white pizza is great, but I think I have finally created the formula for the perfect white pizza. Enjoy!
- 1 can roll-out pie dough
- 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
- 1 1/4 cup (4 oz.) shredded muenster cheese
- 1/2 cup (3 oz.) diced red onion
- 1/4 cup (1.7 oz.) chopped green olives
- 1/3 cup (1.5 oz) real bacon bits
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- 1 cup (4 oz.) Parmesan cheese
- 2 cup (2.5 oz) spinach
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Set oven to 425.
Roll pie dough out onto a baking stone or cookie sheet and set aside.
Cook bacon in pan on medium-high heat to heat through, and then add spinach to wilt. While spinach is wilting, add all ingredients excluding shredded chicken, onions, olives, cheese, and basil to a mixing bowl and mix. add mixture to pan and cook sauce on medium, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes.
Add sauce to dough, leaving a half inch un-sauced around the edge. This will be the crust.
Add toppings in this order: muenster cheese, chicken, olives, and onions, and place in oven. bake for 10-15 minutes or until dough is fully cooked.
Remove from oven, add basil, slice, and serve. Anchovies and/or blue cheese are both toppings I personally love to offer when serving this pizza.
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