Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'm baaaaaack!

I had a great week in Indianapolis at a fire fighter training conference. It feels great to be home. I know some of you would love to be surrounded by 30 thousand firefighters, but after a week of talking about nothing but firefighting and hanging out with a bunch of dudes, I'm spent.

Just in case you ever wanted to know what a football stadium full of fire trucks looks like, here you go.

On to real business; food.

For this weeks What's for dinner? Wednesday, I made Garlic Chicken Pizza.
Other than the crust, I don't follow a recipe for this pizza.

To make the crust, I simply follow my gluten free french bread recipe with one exception. I use half the water needed to make the bread, everything else is the same. Once the dough is made, I roll it out on a rice flour dusted counter. I then lay my pizza pan on top of the dough and cut around it to make a nice circular crust. Next, I take the left over dough and roll it like a bread stick and mold it to the edge of the crust. Finally, I bake the plain crust in a 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
For the sauce, I use Classico Alfredo pasta sauce for the base. For the pizza topping, I grill 2 chicken breasts on my BBQ and cube them up. I roast 2-3 cloves of garlic, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper, in a 325 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes until soft. I dice about 1/4 cup each of red and green bell pepper and red onion. Add all the ingredients on top of the sauce, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake. I love to grill my pizza for a crisp and smoky flavor.

Bake or grill at about 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown



  1. First of all thanks for the photo from Indy. I bet Payton wishes he attended that! Looks like a lot of fun. We love fire fighters around here. Saved one of my houses. My husband just spoke at the National Fire Academy the top brass. Now about that pizza, yum. I'm really going to have to start baking. However I can't eat dairy but that pizza looks so good. I even have the pan! I wish you could just send me yours, minus rice and cheese. Keep cooking!

  2. I LOVE a good garlic chicken pizza. I might just give your crust a try too.

  3. Glad you are back. The pizza looks great!

  4. This looks fabulous! I gave up making pizza for a while because my kids wouldn't eat it. My son will now eat pizza, so I think it's time to give it another try. I love the technique you use to make the edge of the crust, too. Thanks for the recipe and the tips.

  5. I love how you made the edge, I've been wondering how I could re-create that look! Thanks. Would have loved the conference. As the firstborn daughter of a firefighter I had always wanted to fight fires or become an EMT. Kids changed that but my heart is right there with ya.

  6. I have never had garlic chicken pizza. It sounds like a great deviation from the usual tomato sauce and toppings.

  7. Thanks for the pizza dough recipe! I haven't tried baking pizza crust gluten-free yet. Now I have somewhere to start!

  8. Wow! Great idea for pizza! We have BBQ chicken pizza fairly frequently, but I love the idea of using Alfredo sauce and roasted garlic. It sounds really delicious....thanks!

  9. Thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback.

  10. Gorgeous. I want to make this pizza!

    I thought of you last week, Brian. They did a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about a fire crew that eats vegetarian and super healthy. I though, hmmm, they need Brian's help to eat gluten free, too. :-)