Monday 29 June 2015

Pulled Pork Pizza

As long as we're home for dinner, every Friday is pizza Friday here in our household.  Given how often I make pizza, I am constantly on the lookout for topping ideas that will be different from the classics.   One unique topping that both my husband and I love is pulled pork.   This is always a hit because it's not often that we have leftover pulled pork lying around.

My husband and I also host an annual Stampede BBQ.  Every year, one of the highlights is the all-day smoked, juicy, melt in your mouth deliciousness that is pulled pork.  Since we make SO much at once for this event, it is not unusual for there to be a few pounds of leftovers.  I portion it out and freeze to use in enchiladas, sandwiches, or on pizza Friday, pizza.

The pulled pork I used on this pizza, below, is not from our big annual BBQ nearly a year ago!  We had a smaller BBQ a few weeks ago with our neighbours (which is the same event where the Melt in Your Mouth Doughnuts were devoured).  The pork leftovers from this event were used to top the pizza featured in this post.  It was oh so smoky, gooey, and delicious!

Pizza Dough (this makes enough for 3 thin crust, or 2 regular crust pizzas)
2 & 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 & 1/4 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour (I often use half white, half whole wheat)

Dissolve the sugar in warm water.  Sprinkle the yeast on top, and allow to sit in a warm place for 5 to 10 minutes, until foamy.  Add the olive oil, salt, and 1 cup of the flour.  With a whisk, beat until smooth.  Add the remaining flour, a cup at a time, until you have a soft dough.   Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.  Cover the dough and let rest in a warm place for about 25 minutes.  While the dough is resting, prepare your toppings:

Pulled Pork Pizza With Caramelized Onions (Topping)
2 medium sized red or yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tsp sugar
2 portions pizza dough
1/2 cup pizza sauce
2 tbsp BBQ sauce
2 cups leftover pulled pork
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Melt the butter in a large frying pan.  Add the onions, and cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  When the onions are starting to evenly brown, sprinkle with the sugar and continue browning until golden and sweet, approximately 5 more minutes.  Set aside.

Shape each portion of dough onto a greased pizza pan.  Combine pizza and BBQ sauce in a small bowl, and spread evenly on top of each pan of dough.  Sprinkle one cup of pulled pork, and half the onion mixture onto each pizza.  Top with mozzarella cheese.  Bake in a preheated 400F oven for approximately 20-25 minutes (depending on how browned you like your crust).  Enjoy!

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