date night

Friday, November 30, 2012

Before kids, Friday nights were a huge event. I'd wait all week to get together with my closest girl and guy friends. We'd pregame at someones apartment, joke about the same old things, and eventually make our way to the local bar sipping on... well everything. 

Friday night would turn into Saturday, and suddenly I'd be dancing my way home (heels in hand) singing and laughing with my closest girlfriends. 

Post two kids Friday nights are a little different, yet certain things remain the same. There is wine, there is food, and there is my best guy-friend-turned-husband, Mark. 

This homemade barbecue chicken pizza is something delicious and fun that we can easily make together. We pour some wine, pop the pizza in the oven, snack on a few pieces of left over cheese, and suddenly we are two post college grads making out at the local karaoke bar. Only now we are in the kitchen of our home, with the two most important people in the world sleeping sweetly upstairs. 

Happy Friday. 

dough ball 
2 boneless skinless organic chicken breasts
barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays) 
fresh mozzarella, cut into thin half moons 
1 cup of smoked Gouda, grated
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
scallions, chopped 
olive oil
sat & pepper
crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 375. 
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Lay chicken in a oven proof dish and cover with barbecue sauce. Turn over and coat. Bake until chicken is done, about 20 -25 minutes. Set aside. 
Increase oven to 450. Drizzle a sheet pan with a little olive oil, or sprinkle with corn meal.This keeps the dough from sticking to the pan. Roll out dough and place on sheet pan. Drizzle top of dough with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of barbecue sauce on the crust and spread it out evenly. Top with sliced mozzarella and smoked Gouda. Dice chicken into small pieces (if chicken seems a little dry, add a little more barbecue sauce). Add chicken to the pizza. Sprinkle on sliced red onion and scallion. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a little crushed red pepper flake. 
Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese has melted, about 15 minutes. Serve. 
* You can usually find a dough ball in the deli section of your local super market. If not, purchase one from your favorite pizza joint, use a premade crust, or make your own dough
{recipe inspired by The Pioneer Woman. Check her out for a great set by step pictorial} 




  1. This is such a lovely post, I love the idea of a weekly Friday night date night :)

  2. This looks delicious and I like the idea of making a night of fun making pizza. Tonight is Friday and you have already inspired me to make pizza tonight,

  3. Thank you Kathryn and Sue! Hope you both have a great weekend : )

  4. sounds delicious!


  5. Love this and the accompanying story!! Time sure does fly, huh?

    Also love the new layout and your incorporation of its style in your posts (the circles, bold fonts, etc.)...looks lovely and ties the whole blog together so nicely!


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