Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mexi Pizza


Rachael Ray always has such fun pizza ideas- including this mexi pizza. I felt like the poblanos and chorizo were almost double what you could fit on one pizza. We saved the extras for omelets the next day.

4 poblano peppers
3 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
Salt and black pepper
1 ball fresh pizza dough (see below for recipe I used)
3/4 pound Mexican (fresh) chorizo or make your own
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 small red onions, 1 chopped and 1 sliced
1 cup queso fresco or ricotta (I used ricotta)
Juice of 1 lime
2 avocado ripe, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced

Preparation

Preheat broiler.
Place peppers on a baking sheet, drizzle them with EVOO and season with a little salt and pepper. Place them under the broiler and char each side, turning them every couple of minutes.
Once the outsides of the peppers are nice and black, remove them and turn the oven down to 400˚F. Place the peppers into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then peel away the charred skins of the peppers. Cut peppers in half and remove the stem and seeds then cut them into strips.
On a clean work surface, roll out dough so it fits a pizza pan or baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake until golden brown and slightly crispy, about 15 minutes.
While the pizza dough is in the oven, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO. Add the chorizo and brown well. Remove and reserve on a paper towel-lined plate.
Once the pizza dough is done, remove from oven and sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese, poblanos, chopped red onion and chorizo. Pop the pizza back into the oven for about 3 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle the queso fresco or ricotta and squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top. Serve with a salad of sliced avocado, tomato and sliced red onion alongside.

Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe
2 teaspoons dried granulated yeast
3 cups bread flour (I used normal flour)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water, plus
2 tablespoons water

Add to bread machine in order or ingredients listed above. Start dough cycle.

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