Oct 14 2010

Blue Crusted Buffalo Crumble Pizza – six recipes – Project Foodblog Challenge #5

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We really like pizza around here. Back when I only had one kid, we used to make pizza all the time. Now, I have a second child and not as much time during the day to make my favorite homemade pizza dough. So, when Foodbuzz asked us to put our own spin on pizza for Project Foodblog’s fifth challenge, I was happy to get baking again.

I decided to make a pizza that revolved around two of my favorite ingredients: chicken wings and ranch dressing, but not in a form that you would normally suspect.

To make this recipe more unique than the typical buffalo chicken pizzas you find out there, I created a blue cheese pizza crust, a mildly spicy paprika tomato sauce, a ranch-flavored cheese, and topped them with small crispy pieces of buffalo chicken. It’s a delicious pizza with many complementing flavors, and to complement the pizza I made a creamy blue cheese dip and a tangy celery salad. If you enjoy a powerful blue cheese flavor, I suggest going with a Roquefort like Papillon. And, if you prefer only a hint of blue cheese, go with something like Bleu des Causses which is made from cow’s milk as opposed to Papillon’s which is made from sheep’s milk.

To help bring out the subtle spiciness in the pizza, I made a paprika-tomato sauce. It’s a nice and thin sauce, and purposely so. Too thick a sauce would detract from the over all flavor of the pizza. This sauce accentuates without detracting from the core flavor.

Although you may suspect that the ranch-flavored cheese would be lost on a blue cheese crust, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that it doesn’t. To create the flavor of ranch dressing, I created a dry ranch mix substituting shredded goat cheese for dry buttermilk. Because buttermilk is tangier than goat cheese, you can opt to add a bit for a more authentic taste. I chose to leave it out.

I love ranch dressing, but it’s even better when you have something to dip into it. And, my favorite finger food is buffalo chicken wings. I don’t know about you, but I like my chicken wings to be crispy, spicy, and tangy…and not soggy and gooey. So, I used a special breading technique I picked-up making Pioneer Woman’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken. I always keep a bag of the pre-made buttermilk breading mixture in my freezer. It’s great for coating chicken for baking or frying.

If you still have the urge to dip , I think you will find my blue cheese dip delicious and refreshing. I like mine to be really thick and creamy, so if you want a more fluid version, just  mix in some milk.

And, to quench that light burning sensation in your mouth from all that delicious hot sauce, and to help cleans your pallet, I made a very lemony celery salad.

When I asked my husband if he felt that my pizza was good enough for this challenge, his answer was “I’m biased, I tasted it”.  So, I hope you take the time to make it as well.

Blue Cheese Pizza Crust
Ingredients:
2 2/3 Cups of Flour
7 grams of dry Yeast (1 packet)
½ teaspoon of Salt
8 ounces of Milk
2 + 1 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 teaspoons of Sugar
100 grams Roqufort Blue Cheese, crumbled

Directions:
Preheat oven to 95°C (200°F) and then turn off.

In a mixer bowl, combine flour, yeast, and salt.

In a small sauce pan, heat-up the milk to about 43°C (110°F), but do not bring to a boil. Mix in 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sugar.

Set your mixer bowl into your mixer with the dough hook in place, and turn it on to kneed. Slowly pour in the milk mixture. Once everything is mixed together and the mixture starts to look like dough, add the blue cheese, and then turn the speed up to medium and let it kneed for 5 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into a ball. Lightly grease a bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place the ball of dough in the greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough stand in the pre-warmed oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and divide the dough in half.

Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).

Roll a dough half into a pizza round on a lightly floured surface. Place in a parchment-lined round casserole dish and cover with another round of parchment paper weighed down by pie weights. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until dough has turned into a pail, thoroughly baked crust.

Remove from oven and let cool. Set aside to top, or refrigerate or freeze for use on a later date.

Makes 2 pizzas.

Paprika Pizza Sauce (original recipe here)
Ingredients:
170 grams spicy Paprika Tomato Paste
1 1/2 Cups Water
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Tablespoon dried Oregano
1/2 Tablespoon dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed Rosemary

Directions:
Mix together the spicy tomato paste, water, and olive oil until the tomato paste is no longer clumpy. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and rosemary. Use right away.

Makes about 2 cups.

Ranch-Flavored Cheese
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Flour
1 teaspoon chopped fresh Parsley
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/8 teaspoon dry Dill
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
3 Cups shredded Cheese (I used goat cheese)

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, parsley, onion, powder, dill, garlic powder, and salt. Sprinkle it over the shredded cheese and loosely mix with your hands making sure to loosen all pieces of cheese.

Makes enough for 2 pizzas.

Buffalo Crumbles
Ingredients:
1 liter cooking Oil
5 Cups Flour
3 Tablespoons Seasoned Salt
2 teaspoons Pepper
2 teaspoons dried Thyme
2 teaspoons Paprika
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 Cup Buttermilk
2 Chicken Breast Fillets, cut into small cubes
1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce (I love Crystal Hot Sauce)

Directions:
Heat 1 liter of cooking oil.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, pepper, thyme, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Use a hand whisk for best results.

Pour in the buttermilk and use a fork to mix it in until clumps form throughout the mixture.

Place the small chicken breast pieces flour mixture and press on – make sure to separate them out so that they are all evenly coated.

Deep fry the pieces for about 3 minutes, or until lightly golden. Let drip on a towel-lined plate.

Place in a large tuperware with fitting lid and coat with hot sauce. Cover and shake well to coat evenly. Set aside.

Makes about 4 cups.

Quick Blue Cheese Dip:
Ingredients:
200 grams Sour Cream
1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
1/4 Cup Blue Cheese crumbles

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Tangy Celery Salad
Ingredients:
juice of 1 Lemon
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
4 sticks of Celery, very thinly sliced

Directions:
In a bowl, whisk together lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix in celery and let sit for at least 10 minutes before enjoying.

Makes about 3/4 cup.

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24 responses so far

24 Responses to “Blue Crusted Buffalo Crumble Pizza – six recipes – Project Foodblog Challenge #5”

  1. bellini vallion 17 Oct 2010 at 3:07 pm

    This is a winner Nicole. Congratulations for making it into the next round and good luck!!!!!

  2. Pam @ Kitchen Cookwareon 18 Oct 2010 at 4:53 am

    Wow, I liked this version of pizza, so unique and so yummy! Love the Tangy Salary salad! Yummy-O! Love it, did your kiddos loved it? My son loves anythings pizza and cheese in it :-)

  3. Kelly @ EvilShenaniganson 18 Oct 2010 at 6:36 am

    Oh yum!! We love wings and we love pizza, so this hybrid seems like the best compromise when I want one and hubs wants the other! Your crust … pure genius!

  4. Alisaon 18 Oct 2010 at 8:04 am

    This is wonderful! You did a wonderful job with this pizza

  5. Nancy @ TheSensitivePantryon 18 Oct 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Your pizza crust is a work of art! Just beautiful. Love the creativity and how you translated all the flavors of buffalo wings into this pizza. Stellar.

  6. Isabelleon 18 Oct 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Yum! I love hot wings, and I love pizza… so clearly, something that combines the two is a winner in my books. :) The celery salad on the side is a brilliant finishing touch.
    You’ve got my vote. Good luck!

  7. sippitysupon 18 Oct 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I too love these flavors, and putting them on pizza is very fun. GREG

  8. stephchowson 18 Oct 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Buffalo wing pizza is the favorite in my family for sure! voted!

  9. myamiion 18 Oct 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Yes, although I made a second pizza where I didn’t put any hot sauce on the buffalo crumbles. They also went nuts over the celery salad – as did I :)

  10. Jacob's Kitchenon 18 Oct 2010 at 8:13 pm

    (Jaw drops to the floor) A blue cheese pizza crust?!?! Damn. This looks unimaginably delicious. I want a slice RIGHT NOW! Nicely done. I voted for you, yet again.

    Good luck! Hope to see us both in the next round! =)

  11. Briton 18 Oct 2010 at 10:48 pm

    This is absolutely AMAZING! Fantastic! I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Sueson 19 Oct 2010 at 12:22 am

    I love this!! And already have it on my list of things to make in the future. Blue cheese crust? Oh my! Such an awesome idea! :)

  13. Tiny Urban Kitchenon 19 Oct 2010 at 1:45 am

    Great idea! I especially love the cute little celery salad topping.

  14. Laurenon 19 Oct 2010 at 2:00 am

    Everything looks great especially the crispy chicken bits, makes my mouth water and I just ate dinner!!

  15. Elina (Healthy and Sane)on 19 Oct 2010 at 5:46 am

    Buffalo chicken pizza is one of my family’s favorites! I like how you put a twist on the traditional while still preserving the essence of the classic :)
    I voted for you! (Check out my creation if you’re interested)

  16. Foododelmundoon 19 Oct 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Perfect game-day pizza! The celery salad and blue cheese dip put it over the top for me. Voting for you now and hoping to see us both in the next round. -Katy

  17. theminxon 19 Oct 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Wow – seems like a lot of work for a pizza, but it definitely made my mouth water and you got my vote!

  18. Beverlyon 20 Oct 2010 at 1:29 am

    Who hasn’t had a buffalo wing pizza? BUT… one with a blue cheese crust?!! YOU took it over the top to the other side!!!!! This is amazing, love the idea of making the crust the “blue cheese” flavoring for the buffalo wing idea! Amazing idea! Great job!

  19. Jackieon 20 Oct 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I have to admit, even though all the elements of this pizza are not things that make me say ‘yum’ (I don’t like blue cheese, barbecue/buffalo sauce OR pizza!) it looks so incredibly tasty that I would be willing to throw my prejudices out the window and try a slice.

    And that, my dear, is an impressive thing ;) Well done on getting this far in the competition, I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!

    Jax x

  20. cookeatloveon 20 Oct 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Your photos are so fantastic and the pizza looks sooo yummy. you have my vote.

  21. Lori Lynnon 22 Oct 2010 at 12:23 am

    Wow, this must be one of the tastiest pizzas in the contest! Happy to give my vote! I vote for FLAVOR!
    LL

  22. Cook is Goodon 22 Oct 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Great recipe, it looks delicious! And it’s so original! Giorgia

  23. Jazz Ruleson 04 Nov 2010 at 4:54 am

    OMG! There is more buffalo chicken that pizza! This is my kind of snack! Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

  24. sonaon 07 Nov 2010 at 3:48 pm

    cookie picture is fantastic and delicious it make me to eat now itself

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