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Dave's Fanpost: Gameday Munchies


I don't know about you, but I'm a little burnt out on game preparation discussion.  Ben asked the only salient question yesterday and you responded.  Today is the calm before the storm.  So instead of doing a main page post I'm going to hide over here in the sidebar with a Fanpost on one of my favorite subjects:  Game Day Food.  Specifically I'm going to share my recipe for no-fail BBQ Chicken Pizza and invite you to share your ideas and recipes for great game-day snacks and meals.

The beauty of this pizza, besides not being able to mess it up, is that it's quick and incredibly delicious.  My family loves it.  Plus it's low-ish in the fat department as far as pizza goes, so you don't have to feel that guilty.

You'll need:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small-to-medium onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • mozzarella cheese (low fat variety is OK...you won't miss it)
  • 1 pizza crust (pre-made or any kind, thick or thin, will work)
  • 1 bottle of Bullseye Hickory Smoke barbeque sauce (yes, the brand is important)

Pre-heat your oven to the temperature recommended on your pizza crust.

Begin by cutting the chicken breasts into small-ish pieces appropriate for a pizza topping.  Cut the red bell pepper into strips.  Slice the top and bottom off of the onion and peel so you're left with a sphere with a flat bottom and top.  Resting the onion on one of the flat sides, cut it into wedges of a size resembling an orange.  (Just cut down from the top and make it into about 8 wedges or so.)  The wedges are important!  It won't be the same with plain old dicing.

Heat a little oil in a pan on medium-to-medium-high heat.  When hot add the chicken and onion plus enough barbeque sauce to coat lightly.  When the chicken is just about cooked through add in the red bell pepper strips.  You want them lightly cooked but not limp.

Open your pizza crust and spread barbeque sauce (from the bottle, not your cooking pan) on it just as if it were tomato sauce on traditional pizza.  This will take a bit of sauce!  Drain excess liquid from the cooked chicken/onion/pepper mixture, spoon it onto the sauce-coated crust and spread evenly.  Grate or slice mozzarella cheese over the top (depending on how much cheese you like).  If you want to shake a little basil over the cheese you can.

Bake pizza as directed on your crust.  Enjoy! 

Total prep time:  about 15 minutes plus baking time.

What are your favorite game-day recipes?  Share below.

--Dave

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