(Almost) White Pizza

I like going out to wine bars, I’ve been continuously educating myself about wine for years. One thing I’ve noticed is that almost every wine bar has a version of white pizza on the menu. I decided to try my hand at making one at home.  I call this the “Single Dad’s (almost) White Pizza”.  Single Dad is in the title because it’s easy for guys to make who don’t like, or are afraid, to cook, almost white because… well, you’ll see in a moment.

  1. One ready-to-bake pizza crust.  (my son and I like Freschetta’ Artisan Pizza Crust)
  2. 3 teaspoons of roasted garlic.  (make sure you buy roasted garlic, it has a much more mellow flavor, if you use regular garlic you won’t be able to eat the pizza)
  3. 1 cup ricotta cheese
  4. 4 tablespoons of pesto (pesto is green, that’s why this is almost white pizza)
  5. 1 bag pre-cooked chicken breast (Tyson has a whole line of pre-cooked heat and eat chicken breast, we prefer the oven roasted variety for this recipe)
  6. 2 cups shredded mozzarella

Preparation instructions:
  1. Remove the crust from it’s package.
  2. Open the jar of roasted garlic, smear about 3 teaspoons of it around the crust
  3. Open the ricotta, smear about a cup on top of the garlic that you already put on the crust
  4. Open the jar of pesto, stir it because the oil has probably come to the top, dab 4 tablespoons of pesto on top of the ricotta
  5. Add thawed pre-cooked chicken breast to the top of the pizza until covered, we tear, or chop, ours into smaller pieces
  6. Sprinkle the 2 cups of mozzarella on top
Baking instructions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place the pizza directly on the oven rack
  3. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes (or until done)
  4. Remove from oven, cut and serve immediately
Total Prep Time:  10 minutes
Total Bake Time: 12 minutes
You can have a really great tasting meal in under 30 minutes.  It goes equally week with beer as it does with wine.  I like to serve it when the guys come over on Sundays to watch the game.  They are all amazed, but they don’t know how easy it is.

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