Tuesday, April 5, 2011
How-Tuesday: How to Make Your Leftovers into Specialty Pizzas!
Just last week I made Sweet and Spicy Chicken with a side of corn and pinto beans. Later that week we did a pizza crust with enchilada sauce, the chicken, the corn and beans, and some cilantro and cheese on top and it was fabulous! If you've eaten at specialty pizza places, you know that there are lots of amazing sauces you can use for pizza, you don't have to just do tomato! You can even leave off the sauce altogether and just brush with a light oil before topping.
So what types of leftovers can you make into a pizza? Pretty much any type of Mexican food is going to lend itself to a delicious pizza - carne asada, carnitas, even tacos! Also, consider using the jarred pesto they sell at Costco, and topping with leftover grilled chicken and vegetables. After spaghetti and meatballs, you could use the sauce and meatballs for a pizza and top with some extra cheese (I'd leave out the pasta, though). I've never done this, but I bet you could do leftover teriyaki chicken with some pineapple as well. BBQ Chicken, of course, would be easy and amazing. We just had a pizza that was just strips of steak, some feta, and caramelized onions - a great way to use up leftover steak.
Here's the menu of one of my favorite pizza places if you want to browse for some ideas, and of course there's always California Pizza Kitchen. They've got a Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza, a Chicken Parmesan pizza, a Southwestern Taco pizza - my mind is spinning with new ideas!
Hopefully I can talk my husband into typing up his recipe for homemade crust and posting it here for all of us - it's fabulous!