Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Gettin' Drunk Off Our BBQ

Dirk wanted to try the Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce but because we don't have a barbecue I wasn't really sure what we could do with it. I decided that the best thing to do would be to make some BBQ Chicken Calzones, they were really good!!!

BBQ Chicken Calzones
My Own Recipe

1 package of pizza dough (I've tried Pillsbury and Trader Joes. Trader Joes is much better)
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 or less of a small red onion, chopped (put to taste, I only did a little for our tastes)
Fresh cilantro, chopped (I just eyeballed this, cilantro is strong so use somewhat sparingly)
1 cup Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce, or your favorite BBQ sauce
4 strips applewood smoked bacon
1 1/2 - 2 cups mozzarella
2 tablespoons of olive oil + more for drizzling
garlic salt

Preheat your oven according to the directions on your pizza dough.

Heat olive oil in a large non-stick pan. Place chicken breasts in pan cooking about 8 minutes each side, until done. Put chicken aside and allow to cool. Wipe out the remaining grease from the chicken.

Place bacon in the pan and cook on medium high heat until crispy. Drain most of the bacon grease but leave a TAD bit in the pan, maybe 1/2 to 1 tablespoon. Let bacon drain on paper towels, then crumble.

Add the shredded chicken and chopped onion to the pan. Cook on medium high heat until the onion is tender and somewhat translucent. Add BBQ (Don't add all at once.Start with 1/3, mix it, then continue to add. The amount you add will depend on how much BBQ you want.) Take off the heat and add the bacon. Mix

Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface. I use a large floured cutting board with a floured rolling pin. The dough can be a pain because it continues to shrink just be patient. Roll it out the best you can and then cut in half. Stretch the dough out a little by holding one end and letting it stretch itself. You don't want the dough to be too thick because when it cooks it's really thick. Divide the chicken mixture amongst the two pieces of dough, remember you don't have to use all of it! Place the mixture in the center of one half of the piece of dough. Make sure to leave about a 1/2 inch "border" around the dough. Sprinkle the mixture with cilantro and cheese. We used a lot of cheese but again this depends on your taste.

Fold the piece of dough that doesn't have the mixture on it, over the top of the other half. To seal it you can use a fork but I prefer to just fold the dough over and pinch it together. Brush a little olive oil over the top and sprinkle with garlic salt.

Cook for the amount of time specified on your pizza dough package. You can use BBQ sauce for dipping. Enjoy!!!

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