FOODIË: CHICKEN & GARLIC NAAN PIZZA

Short work weeks tend to be super busy and with the quickly approaching holiday, pop up guest and  gatherings are plentiful.  While the Chicken & Garlic Naan Pizza sounds and tastes complex, it's super simple to make, customizable to your taste and a great way to use what's already stashed in your fridge!

INGREDIENTS: GARLIC NAAN. CLASSICO PESTO. CLASSICO PIZZA SAUCE. SAUTÉED RED ONIONS. FRESH SPINACH. BLACK OLIVES. ROASTED TOMATOES. CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS. MOZZARELLA CHEESE BLEND. OREGANO. BLACK PEPPER. 


SPREAD : A couple of tablespoons of pesto and pizza sauce on your naan.

The base for this dish is Naan, an oven baked flatbread. There are several recipes out there to make your own naan but there are some store brands that are just as good! For this recipe I used the Garlic Naan by Stonefire. The package contains 2 pieces of flatbread so you can easily make two different pizzas quickly! The naan already has tons of flavor and a moist texture so you won't need to drown it in sauce.


ADD: The toppings of your choice
I prepped a couple of toppings for my pizza ahead of time but raw veggies work well too! 


I'm currently obsessed with roasting tomatoes with a little olive oil and oregano. They are a great way to get that tomato punch without adding tons of sodium from pre packaged sauces. Sautéed chicken breast strips are a staple in my fridge but store bought rotisserie chicken is a flavorful alternative. For the vegans and vegetarians, tofu or meaty veggies like eggplant make a great substitute! 

TOP IT: Give your pizza a generous sprinkle of Mozzarella Cheese, oregano and crushed black pepper.

Bake your Naan Pizza until the cheese begins to melt (8-10 min).
Remove it from the oven and it's time to eat! Caution! The pizza will smell amazing but I advise you let it cool for a few minutes! Be careful not to burn your tongue! 

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THE RËVIEW: Jackson's Bar Bistro

REVIEW: Tucked away in Soho Square, Jacksons's stone pizza oven, along with their unique desserts are definitely attention grabbers.

SHRIMP & GRITS











                                                                           
BUFFALO FEATHERS: Pulled Chicken flash fried with hot sauce. Served with Ranch and Blue Cheese Dipping Sauces.

AMBIANCE: We were greeted quickly and escorted upstairs to the balcony seating area. Bustling as usual, the open designed restaurant  allows you to look down from the balcony and catch glimpses of the kitchen and bar. We received our menus and unfortunately they looked like many people had received them before us.  They were well worn and quite dirty.


THE SERVICE: The waiter was quick with our order, solved the rocky table with a sliver of paper and refilled our beverages on request. On our waiters suggestion we tried the popular BUFFALO FEATHERS appetizer. While the concept was interesting, the feathers  texture was a bit on the rubbery side and lacked a definitive flavor.
Our entrees arrived just as ordered. I tried the   PEPPERED PEPPERONI PIZZA  with basil. Not only was it picture perfect but it was also delicious and evenly cooked. I love fresh cracked pepper but it was a little heavy handed on the peppercorns. The pie was a great size , definitely enough to share!










                                 

                               PEPPERED PEPPERONI PIZZA
                                                              

THE VERDICT: I couldn't leave without trying out one of the desserts! The GOOEY BUTTER CAKE with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream was a delicious rich brownie like cake. I've visited and reviewed Jackson's Bar/Bistro  a few years ago over on the  outsidesinsides blog and I would say Jackson's  menu and service hasn't changed much.



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FOODIE: WHITE WINE CHICKEN PASTA

A sauce can make or break a dish! I know I find myself pondering if I should serve a new sauce on the side or take the risk and pour it on top! While I definitely have my favorite jar sauces, I was looking to branch out to something a little different than my usual tomato sauce or béchamel. I scoured the web  for the perfect white wine sauce for my chicken pasta. I have to say I struck gold when I came across the Cafe Vita blog and their White Wine & Garlic Cream Sauce recipe! The recipe is super easy and I made a few adjustments to my taste!

OLIVE OIL. BUTTER. MINCED ONIONS. WHITE COOKING WINE. FRESH BASIL

Melt your butter in some olive oil on medium heat. Add in the minced garlic and onions and sauté until translucent. Pour in your white wine and cook until the wine reduces by half. 
CREAM. GROUND BLACK PEPPER. FRESH BASIL

Reduce the heat and add  in your cream,  herbs & ground pepper. I got a little excited and added my fresh basil while the wine was reducing!
Remove your pan from the heat and stir in some shredded spinach. Give a little taste test and add additional seasoning if needed! 
I used my sauce to top off some chicken tenderloin that was sautéed in olive oil and herbs. Angel hair pasta with fresh chopped roma tomatoes served as a base for my chicken and sauce. You can easily substitute the pasta for a ravioli or penne. Go meatless and omit the chicken and add some zucchini!  The possibilities are endless!

SPECIAL THANKS TO CAFE VITA FOR THE INSPIRATION!

INGREDIENTS:
CAFE VITA: White Wine & Garlic Cream Sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter  (I halved the butter and added a little olive oil)
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed and minced ( & minced white onions)
  • 1 1/2 cup white wine (I love Reese Vintage White Cooking Wine)
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper ( omitted the salt)
  • Tarragon or other herbs of choice ( added a little shredded fresh spinach and fresh basil)