March 13, 2012

BBQ 1/2 Chicken and Cauliflower Pizza (BCCP)

Your patience has just paid off.  

After two days of unfulfilled promises, today is the day that you will learn how to make delicious BBQ pizza at home!  This recipe was the result of total spontaneity and creativity.  I had been craving pizza for a couple of days, and finally it reached the point that I couldn't hold out any longer.  But instead of dialing 1-800-Domino's or 1-888-PapaJohn's, I decided to use what I had on-hand and make my own pizza pie. :)

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
That's amore

Bells'll ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
Hearts'll play tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay
Like a gay tarantella

Ahhhh...Dean Martin and the 1950's...wait, where was I?!

Oh yes!

Giving you a BBQ pizza recipe, now I remember!

This pizza is a BBQ lover's dream!  It has a thin, crispy crust that is piled high with healthy and flavorful toppings.  The rosemary and thyme are a MUST, because they lend a depth to the flavors that would otherwise be missing.  If you don't like cauliflower, feel free to substitute it with zucchini or sweet potato.  Sliced red onion might also be a great addition!

Note:  I have my own bread-maker (thanks Aunt Linda and Uncle Paul!) that includes, among its numerous features, a dough setting.  Therefore, I followed the recipe included in the bread-maker cookbook for pizza dough, and added 1 tsp dried rosemary and 1 tsp dried thyme during the "mix-in" cycle.  After a little less than two hours in the machine, I had perfect and aromatic pizza dough that required almost no effort, kneading, or clean-up!

BBQ 1/2 Chicken and Cauliflower Pizza (BCCP)
Serves 4

cornmeal, for dusting
1/4-1/3 C BBQ sauce
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 head cauliflower. chopped
1 small chicken breast, baked and diced (optional)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4-1/3 C shredded cheese (I used Daiya)
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • After buying or making your own pizza crust, sprinkle a large baking sheet with cornmeal and evenly spread out the dough.
  • Distribute an even layer of BBQ sauce over the dough.
  • Decorate the pizza with the tomatoes, cauliflower, chicken, garlic, cheese, and seasonings (in that order).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until the crust is crispy, but not burned.
  • Cook for five minutes.
  • Serve alone or with a garden side salad.

After devouring the entire pizza in less than 24 hours, we decided that the only thing we might do differently next time would be to add a chopped red onion.  The red onion would really offset the BBQ flavors nicely.  Other than that, this is homemade pizza perfection!

Also, if you're wondering why this recipe is called "BBQ 1/2 Chicken and Cauliflower Pizza" its because, since I am vegan (and therefore don't eat animal products), I only put chicken on half of the pizza.  Ta-da!  

Up next - the final cruise post.  Don't miss it!!!

Question of the Day:

What are your favorite pizza toppings?  Only cheese?  Pepperoni and cheese?  Supreme?  Do tell!

Ally and Bo


  1. Nice recipe Allison! It looks wonderful in the pictures. You know I am a lover of red onion's so I definitely think you should add them. A very nice variant to your recipe would be to substitute spinach for the cauliflower. Not only is is a better match to the chicken when it hits the palate, it adds better color for presentation of the dish, and you know what I always say about presentation when serving food!

    Also, Deb loves this crust, so one of the changes I have made to honor her is to be a thin crust lover also. I think next time you come to Alabama we might get you to make us a couple of these pizza's, with spinach of course! I can't wait!



    1. Consider it a homemade pizza date! I look forward to creating in the kitchen with you all. :)