In Trader Joe’s I trust.
I can walk out of this market a mere $15 poorer and have ingredients for a heavily-laden dinner table. One of my particular favorites (besides their well-stocked aisles and aisles of wine) is the ready-made pizza dough. They carry plain, whole wheat, and garlic chive flavors – quite the bargain for just about 3 dollars. All you have to do then is decide what scrumptious toppers to load it up with!
On a floured and stretched TJ’s pizza dough, I recently crafted a pie of all my favorites: roasted chicken, peppery arugula, a buttery sexy version of béchamel, soft velvety mozzarella, and bright hints of lemon throughout. The crust gave a perfect toothsome crunch, while remaining soft and chewy inside. I highly recommend it.
LEMON CHICKEN PIZZA WITH ARUGULA
For the Sauce:
– 5 cloves garlic
– 1 shallot
– 1 c. white wine
– AP flour
– 2 tbsp. butter
– Juice from ½ lemon
For the rest:
– Pizza dough (Trader Joe’s, plain)
– Wild baby arugula
– Juice from ½ lemon, zest
– Shredded chicken
– Olive Oil
Start with your “béchamel” sauce: finely mince up your shallot and garlic and simmer away in a tiny bit of butter until just golden. Now pour in the white wine and simmer until the liquid has reduced by about half. Lastly, squeeze in some lemon juice, add about 1 tbsp of flour, and the remaining butter – stir or whisk until smooth.
Now go on and stretch out your pizza dough on a floured board. Drizzled with half of the sauce, and brush all the edges with olive oil. Next, sprinkle the shredded chicken and mozzarella evenly over the whole thing. Drizzle the rest of the sauce over the top.
Slide the prepped pizza onto a greased baking sheet or pizza stone, if you have one. Pop it in the oven at 400 degrees F, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Once you’ve taken your gorgeous pie out of the oven and set it to rest for a moment, get a mixing bowl and toss a few handfuls of arugula with a drizzle of olive oil, the last wee squeeze of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Pile this zesty salad high on the pizza, slice it up, and enjoy!
If you are not fortunate enough to know the awesome bounty of Trader Joe’s, I do recommend Rose’s recipe for a perfect home-made pizza dough.