After this we're getting pizza

Pizza is a major major priority, so when there was a weekend together for the first time in FOREVS a pizza night was the obvious answer. However when the decision to make pizza is made then pizza is the only thing on the brain...so it's necessary to fill the time with something else. We decided to get a little active and go hiking...(thanks sister for the bomb water bottle). 

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We were off to the Coralville Reservoir - Woodpecker Trail - Linder & Squire Points area. I've been wanting to try this area out for some time now and an 80 degree weather day was agreeing with us. 

The hike was amazing, there were little pockets that looked out onto the lake - which we turned into adventure opportunities. There are also little "workout pods" throughout the hike so we got to sneak in some abs, pullups, etc. After skipping some rocks and Ethan climbing a tree, we called it good and headed back to make the za! 

We already decided on our go to for two pizzas - one massive original cheesy pie as well as a smaller bbq chicken. 

This was the third time that we have made this pie, its pretty basic. 
1. Make it huge
2. Cover with freshly shredded provolone & mozzarella
3. Bake it hot (520 for 8 minutes to perfection). 

Every time we have attempted to make it, it just keeps getting better and better. This time, we used all bread flour and let it rise in a warm oven for 3 hours. The dough consistency was PERFECT - Ethan thinks it was due to when he fermented the yeast it melted right into the beer. The dough was airy and bubbly but held it's density from the bread flour. Also cheesy goodness always wins. 

This bad boy came to fruition after I made bbq chicken thighs in the crockpot last week. The flavor was so on point that we knew it would be even better on a pie, and let me tell y'all its easy as pie (sorry...I had to). We threw an onion, chicken thighs, chicken broth, and bbq sauce (we've been hooked on Cookies bbq) and let it cook on high for 3 hours. I typically cook everything on low for about 6, but we were in crunch time. We stuck with our typical pizza sauce, just not as much, topped with sliced mozzarella ball, shredded chicken & onions and a little shredded mozzarella (leftover from the first pie). This sucker took about 8 minutes too and then topped with some more bbq sauce and fresh basil...from our tree that Ethan is doing a damn good job of keeping alive. 

We were in full agreement that these were our best pizzas to date...but I think we say that every time. At this point, I'm unsure if its factual or if we are just that infatuated that we fall back in love over and over again. Either way, I'm okay with it. As always we polished these off followed by pints of Ben & Jerrys and 2 glasses of wine (Ethan had milk...ew) because...

Calories don't count on the weekend...right?

Pizza in a pinch

When you need pizza, you need it NOW.

Sometimes, you're really craving the 'za but there are just not enough hours in the day to let those perfect balls of dough rise. I mean nothing beats the real deal, but if you're in a pinch a flatbread works as a great ready to go base. 

BBQ and margherita were the lucky two - so I slapped our favorite barbecue sauce on one and olive oil on the other. 

Then it was time to pile toppings until there was no more space. This is a great opportunity to use up that produce about to go bad or some leftovers. I had a mozzarella ball that needed to be used up and some leftover chicken so I knew I wanted to use those up.  Cheese & shredded cheese on one / sliced tomatoes & mozza ball on the other. 

...Now the hardest part, the oven minutes. I swear those bad boys are longer than treadmill minutes (and those are long!). These guys were cooked at 350 for about 15 minutes. 

FLATBREAD PIZZAS
serving size - 1 (hungry person)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 flatbreads
  • "base coating"
    -olive oil
    -bbq sauce
  • cheese
    -mozzarella
    -shredded cheddar & provolone
  • toppings
    -tomato
    -basil
    -chicken
    -moreeee bbq

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Top flatbreads with base coating of your choice
  3. Main toppings & cooking
    • BBQ: top with cheese & diced chicken & place in oven for 15 minutes
    • Margherita: Place oiled flatbread in oven for 5 minutes, top with sliced cheese & tomatoes / back in the oven for 5-10 minutes
  4. After both pizzas are cheesy & bubbly top them off!
    • BBQ: drizzle bbq sauce
    • Margherita: basil, salt & pepper

Another perk of the flatbreads is that they are small(er) than the normal pizza, so you are able to have more than one!

I mean what's better than a personal pizza? TWO personal pizzas!