Monday, October 29, 2012

Pizza in a Sandwich

I'm always on the look out for new things, new flavors and new places. I probably spend half of my free time surfing for new recipes online and I never get bored of it. I like to be different when everyone else is doing the same dish. 

I stumbled upon a recipe for a Raspberry Chipotle Barbeque pizza on Pillsbury. It was a very interesting mix of hickory flavored bbq sauce, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and raspberry jam. 

Sweet, smoky, cheesy and a little tangy with an extra spicy kick, just like your favorite Chicken Barbeque Pizza!

Take two slices of bread. Butter one side of each bread. Turn the bread over. Put a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese on the side that hasn't been buttered.

Pile the chicken on top of the cheese. Just look at those gorgeous bits of spicy chipotle pepper. 

Then sprinkle with slices of red onions and chopped cilantro leaves, like a pizza.

Then top with more cheese.. okay, maybe not THIS much cheese unless you want hot cheesy mess to come spilling out in all directions. Lesson learned. Lesson learned indeed. Oh yes.

Here it is all melted and gooey with bits of the chicken poking out. YUM!

recipe adapted from Pillsbury

6 slices of bread
1 cup of cooked chicken breasts, shredded
1/3 cup raspberry chipotle barbeque sauce  (recipe below)
red onion, thinly sliced
mozzarella cheese, grated (or monterey jack)
chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Raspberry Chipotle Barbeque Sauce
1/4 cup Hickory BBQ sauce
1/4 cup raspberry jam 
3 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped finely (add more if you want it more spicy)
1 tsp adobo sauce, from the chipotle peppers
1 garlic clove, grated
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a bowl. Add the chicken and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper.  (I cooked chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, chili pepper and paprika in a little bit of oil and then shredded the meat afterwards.)

Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Pile the cheese on the other side. Top with the chicken, red onions and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Top with another slice of bread, buttered side out.

Toast in the oven, fry or grill the sandwich on a non-stick pan over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Serve with chips or fries and a beer.