Buffalo Chicken Beer Bread Pizza - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, February 24, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Beer Bread Pizza

So there is an obvious trifecta present here that has been mentioned in several posts in the past: buffalo chicken, beer, and PIZZA. (See? we're obsessed: here, here, here, here, here...) Anyway, this homemade pizza has got to be one of my absolute favorite meals to make here at our apartment. Not only is it the holy trinity of food, but the ingredients are fairly cheap and common. (Chances are pretty good you have all or most of them on hand right now!)

Here's what you need for the crust:
- 2 c. flour (white or wheat. we've used both, but used white for this particular pizza)
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 pkg. yeast
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 8 oz. beer warmed to 105 degrees (we used an IPA this time, though we've used a lager in the past)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil

Here's what you need for the toppings:
- 1/4 c. wing sauce (or hot sauce)
- 2 tbsp. beer
- 1 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 1/2 c. cooked chicken (chopped or shredded into small pieces)
- 1 c. mozzarella
- 1/3 c. blue cheese crumbles
- Chopped green onions

First we're going to get the crust ready:
- Mix 1 c. flour, sugar, yeast, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir in beer and oil. Beat with mixer on low 30 seconds, then high 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1 c. flour.
- On floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest 30 minutes.

While the dough is rising, prepare your chicken:
- Chop chicken into bite sized chunks and cook on the stove top. (You could use canned chicken, or just shred cooked chicken as well.)

*Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Prepare the toppings!
- Mix together wing sauce, butter, and 2 tbsp. beer. Add Chicken and toss to coat.

Assemble the Pizza!
- Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
- Press crust onto cookie sheet and prick with a fork.
- Bake 10 minutes.
- Remove crust from oven and sprinkle with mozzarella.
- Top with chicken, more mozzarella and blue cheese.
- Bake 8 - 10 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
- Sprinkle with green onion.

Even though this recipe is a bit more involved than some of our other posts, I actually have a lot of fun making this dish. I enjoy investing a bit of time in the kitchen when I know the result is going to be this close to a perfect food.

I hope you all get a chance to make and enjoy this pizza. Be sure to let us know how you like it!

Sarah & Nick