Frankie goes to Italy via Buffalo – Pizza

That is, if Frank’s Red Hot Sauce took at trip to Italy flying out of Buffalo.

On the menu tonight was one of our favorite pizzas, Buffalo Wing Pizza.  We usually do a Buffalo blue cheese, but in this case with limited access to blue stinky cheese in Moosonee, we had to make due.  Remember, when life won’t give you lemons…

The Crust

We prefer to use a dough that takes a few days in the fridge to develop that great pizza chew and texture we all love from a great pizza place.  This is the recipe I’ve followed and my go-to for perfect pizzeria crust.  I usually make it in batches and freeze it for when the mood strikes.

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The Sauce

Here’s where you can get mild to wild.  You have two options here, blue cheese lovers and haters.

Stinky Moldy Cheese Lovers

  •  1 cup blue cheese dressing, try and use a good quality like Rene’s
  • 1 cup Franks Red Hot
  • splash of ketchup if you find it too hot, you wimp.

The Cheese Haters

  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  •  1 cup Franks Red Hot
  • Ketchup to taste if you still haven’t put on your big boy pants.

The Toppings

  • 1.5-2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1-2 cups pizza mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 Monterey jack cheese, cheddar or some other melty cheese
  • handful of blue cheese chunks
  • mushrooms, only because it was there.

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The Assembly

I’m sure you get the idea how to make a pizza, but just in case this is your first time!

  1. Warm the oven to 500° and put the rack on the bottom.
  2. Roll out the dough, we prefer 14″ Lagostina pans and thin crust.
  3. Gently sauce the bottom with your stinky or non-stinky sauce.
  4. Lay down the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Toss chicken in 2-3 tbsp sauce and place on top of the pizza.
  6. Red onion time.
  7. Red peppers next.
  8. Monterey jack or the other cheese you decided on in the grocery store last minute.
  9. Toss that bad boy in the oven and cook for 10-11 minutes.
  10. Move to top rack for 5-7 minutes to brown.

The Money Shot

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Any variations to this pizza that you like or have tried, please share!

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