With apologies to Taylor Swift, we’re not going to Shake it Off. No, we’re going to Shake it Up tonight! I’m talking a fusion that has universal appeal. I’m not talking a pizza bagel. No. That would be too pedestrian. I’m talking Chinese Pizza!! And, I’m going to share a recipe with you!
Imagine being able to take your Chinese food with you. Chinese food to go. Chinese food on the run! Grab a slice and go.
And, I’m declaring Thursday nights as THE perfect night to enjoy this treat. It falls right between Wednesday, which is Prince Spaghetti Day, and Friday, which everyone knows is the perfect night to end your work week with take-out Chinese food! So, at the intersection of Wednesday, Italian, and Friday, Chinese, we have Thursday… a fusion of Italian and Chinese. Chinese Pizza!
Spicy Chinese Pizza
1 tablespoon chili or vegetable oil
3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon finely chopped gingerroot
1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili puree with garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 package (16 ounces) ready-to-serve original pizza crust (12 to 14 inches in diameter)
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 ounces small snow (Chinese) pea pods (1/2 cup)
1/3 cup sliced red onion
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- Heat oven to 375ºF.
- Heat wok or 10-inch skillet over high heat.
- Add oil; rotate wok to coat side.
- Add chicken and ginger root;
- Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.
- Reduce heat to medium.
- Stir in tomato sauce, chili puree and soy sauce.
- Spoon chicken mixture onto pizza crust to within 1/2 inch of edge.
- Top with water chestnuts, pea pods and onion.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until pizza is hot and cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle with cilantro.
Don’t want it spicy? Play around with the ingredients. You’re only limited by your imagination. Choose some ingredients from Column A; Sprinkle in some from Column B; And you’ll have a combination Chinese Pizza that will be hard to resist! An hour later you’ll probably want another slice! Or, some Carvel Ice Cream!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)