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Tacos or Pizza? Or Taco Pizza
Taco pizzas can be a crowd pleaser.
You can spin it with any style that will
resonate with your customers, like mole,
adobo, Tinga, Tex-Mex or chipotle.
Toppings can be simple or varied. Here's
a chicken taco pizza recipe to try out:

blend. Then top with chicken, red onion,
jalapeños and tomatoes. Evenly distribute
the remaining cheese. Bake.
Cut pizza into desired pieces and finish
with lettuce (optional), crushed corn tortillas, a drizzle of avocado sour cream and
taco sauce, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

CHICKEN TACO PIZZA

It's all Greek to Me
Go lighter with a Greek chicken
pizza. A simple menu addition is pizza
with grilled chicken strips, spinach and
Kalamata olive halves, finished with feta
and a squeeze of lemon. For another
option that taps into the authentic flavors of Greece, we turn to the late, great
Pat Bruno, who spent many years as a
Pizza Today columnist and food critic
for the Chicago Sun-Times, for the Pizza
alla Greco recipe, as follows:
PIZZA ALLA GRECO

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped
3/4 cup thick and chunky salsa
1 1/2 cup mozzarella, cheddar and provolone cheese blend, shredded
3/4 pound grilled chicken, chopped
¼ cup red onion, chopped
¼ cup tomatoes, diced
3 tablespoons sour cream
½ avocado
Taco sauce
½ cup Leaf lettuce, shredded (optional)
3 tablespoons crushed corn tortilla
chips or corn chips
1 lime, quartered
Halve avocado and mash in a small
bowl. Add sour cream, a squeeze of
lemon, salt and pepper. Mix until consistent. Add a teaspoon of water until cream
is reduced to drizzle. Set aside
Stretch dough ball to desired size. Ladle
and spread salsa. Add half the cheese

2 pizza shells, each about 9 inches in
diameter
1 pound fresh, dead-ripe Roma or plum
tomatoes, sliced about 1/8-inch thick
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dried Greek oregano
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 pound Manouri
1/4 pound myzithra
16 oil-cured olives, pitted, sliced in half
In a large mixing bowl, toss the tomatoes with the olive oil, oregano, garlic, and
lemon juice. Divide this mixture evenly
between the two pizza shells.
In that same mixing bowl, combine
the Manouri and Myzithra cheese. Toss
to combine. Divide this cheese mixture
evenly between the two pizzas.
Arrange 8 of the sliced olives on each
pizza. Bake and serve.

The Comeback of Fried Chicken
Breaded and fried chicken are back
in a major way. Just look at the fried
chicken sandwich war that has engulfed
nearly every fast food restaurant. Does
breaded chicken deserve its place on
pizza? You bet it does. Nashville hot

chicken pizzas have caught fire across
the country, and so will buttermilk fried
chicken pizzas. I'm about to get controversial for those that are anti-Ranch
dressing on pizza. But, nothing finishes
a fried chicken pizza with a mozzarella
and white cheddar blend, jalapeños and
cilantro like a drizzle of Ranch dressing.
You could even spicy up the dressing
with sriracha.
Mimic the fast-food favorite sandwich, but offer a pizza with strips of
fried chicken breast on an olive oil base,
mozzarella and finished with pickle and
your favorite drizzle sauce.
Offer fried chicken strips as an addon to other menu favorites, like BLT
or Hawaiian pizzas. Get your culinary
juices flowing with something completely your own by testing two or three
different toppings, sauces and finishes
that are specific to your pizzeria, town
or region.
You Can't Go Wrong with Buffalo
Chicken
We can't talk about chicken pizzas
without including the Pizza Today
Test Kitchen favorite, Buffalo Chicken
Pizza. There is no one perfect way
to get a Buffalo chicken pizza right.
There are so many versions. But the
basic ingredients are chicken, Buffalo hot sauce, a creamy dressing and
cheese. The chicken can be shredded,
sliced or diced. It can even be breaded
and deep fried. Typical veggie options
include scallions, red onions, green
onions, celery, pickles, banana peppers,
jalapenos or other spicy peppers. You
can use Blue Cheese or Ranch or both.
Traditional cheeses include mozzarella, Monterey Jack and Bleu Cheese
crumbles. Cilantro or chives are popular
herbs. Mix and match ingredients using
our version of a Buffalo Chicken Pizza
as a base.
Go to PizzaToday.com/recipes/pizzas
for more chicken pizza ideas. n
DENISE GREER is Executive Editor at
Pizza Today.

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Pizza Today - January 2021
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Conversation
Mike’s Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Business Forecasting
Cleaning Protocols
Studying the Numbers
Lasagna
Small Market Menus
Chicken Pizzas
COVID-19 Mental Fatigue
New Year’s Business Resolutions
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Expo Spotlight
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