Super Spicy Pizza Recipe
- 1 envelope, or 1/4 oz, yeast
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cups, about 1 pound, skinned, boned and cubed chicken
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 3 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper
- A pinch of chopped cilantro
- 3 cups grated mozzarella
- 2 cups grated fontina
- 1 pound (about 6) plum tomatoes, ends removed and cut into thin slices
- 1/2 cup eggplant, cubed and sautéed or grilled
- 1/2 cup onion, sliced, grilled and chopped
- Chopped chives, for garnish
- 4 tsp Parmesan, grated
Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl; set aside for 5 minutes.
Mix together the flour, salt, sugar and olive oil in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Stir in the yeast water. Knead with the dough hook or by hand on a well floured surface for about 5 minutes. If using the stand mixer, once finished kneading, remove dough from bowl and shape into a large ball by hand.
Oil two bowls lightly with olive oil and set aside. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll into balls. Place each ball into the oiled bowls, seam side down, and coat the tops with a little olive oil. Top each bowl with plastic wrap or a clean, dry towel and place the dough in a warm place (I use an oven preheated to 250 degrees F, then turned off). Let rise 2 hours.
Once risen, either use immediately by turning dough out onto a floured surface and shaping. Or, wrap dough in plastic wrap, then a plastic bag, and freeze or refrigerate to use later.
Put the chicken in a bowl and toss with 1/2 cup olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno and cilantro. Season lightly with salt. Let marinate for about 1 hour in the refrigerator. Next, in a skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and sauté the chicken, browning all sides.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the rolled out pizza dough lightly with olive oil* and top the pizza dough with the mozzarella, fontina, plum tomatoes, eggplant, onion, chives, Parmesan, and chicken. Place on the pizza stone and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until done.
Rather than using regular olive oil for your pizza, you can make your own spicy pepper flake olive oil, giving your pizza that extra bite of spicy and flavor. Put 1/3 cup of olive oil into re-sealable container. Next, add in 1 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes. You can add more or less, depending on how spicy you want your olive oil to be. Next, reseal the contain and let stand for at least 24 hours so the spices can be integrated into the oil. If you want to make an entire bottle of hot pepper flake olive oil, you can buy a plastic or glass olive oil bottle, fill it with olive oil and pepper flakes, and use for cooking, sautéing, etc.