A Brief History of Pizza

[caption id="attachment_1650" align="alignnone" width="680"]Pizza in a pan Superbowl Pizza In A Pan[/caption] Food is something that many people hold near and dear to their hearts. Food fills us with feelings of comfort and pleasure and is able to evoke emotions that many of us never knew even existed. We eat when we’re happy, we eat when we’re sad, we eat when we’re hungry, we eat when we’re bored, and well, you get the idea. We’re a race of food lovers and have been for a number of centuries now. There are now more different types and varieties of food out there than any of us could possibly even comprehend but as far as firm favourites go, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with something more delicious and more popular than good old reliable pizza. Pizza is enjoyed all over the world and it has a rich and storied history which we’ll be briefly looking at shortly. Not only that, but we’ll also be taking an in-depth look at a delicious BBQ chicken pizza recipe that you can create in the comfort of your own home that will rival any pizza you can purchase at your local grocery store. "So, let’s learn more about pizza shall we?"

First off, where did pizza originate?

 That’s easy. Everybody knows that pizza originated in Italy right? Wrong! Although pizza is most certainly an authentic Italian dish, its origins can actually be traced back to the Middle-East, although there is still some uncertainty about exactly how or where it originated. The actually name of pizza is thought to have originated from the Latin word “Pinsa” which basically means flatbread. There is one common theory about the origin of pizza, which tells a tale of Roman soldiers sampling Jewish Matzoah whilst they were stationed in Palestine, which was under Roman occupation at the time. As the Romans made their way back to Rome, so too did the flatbread pizza recipes they enjoyed whilst in Palestine. As time went by however, common peasants during the middle ages began becoming more and more like the versions you can I see to this day. The peasants back then used whichever ingredients they could get their hands on, including ground flour and water to make pizza dough. The dough was then topped with herbs and olive oil resembling flat breads we see to this day. With the introduction of Water Buffalo from India however, pizza really took off as mozzarella was now available from the milk they produced. To this day, mozzarella is still the cheese of choice on pizza and that does not look set to change for the foreseeable future. BBQ Chicken Pizza

Sarasota’s BBQ chicken pizza

Now we know a little about the history of pizza and where it originated, let’s take a look at a delicious BBQ chicken pizza recipe. This recipe is easy to make, it’s spicy with the use of fresh chilli pepper. It makes use of cooked chicken, bacon, onions, and peppers, and the real twist is in the sauce. Rather than a traditional tomato and herb sauce, this base is actually coated in minced jalapeno chillies, combined with smoky BBQ sauce. The cooked chicken itself is also coated in the spicy BBQ sauce. The cheese is next added, with traditional Mozzarella being broken into cubes over the base. The bacon, chicken, peppers, and onions are then sprinkled over the top of the pizza, before the entire dish is finished with a generous serving of Parmesan, Romano, or Pecorino cheese before being baked in a pre-heated oven for around 10 – 14 minutes. The dish is sweet, spicy, and smoky thanks to the chillies and BBQ sauce but the creamy cheese helps cut through the spice perfectly. The dish itself has to be tasted to be believed and if you’re a pizza lover you will absolutely adore it.
A Brief History of Pizza
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Kchurchill5
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Serves: 4
This chicken pizza is a bit of a twist but so yummy!
Ingredients
  • 1 pizza crust (I used a store bought dough)
  • 2/3 cup chicken
  • diced 1/4 cup cooked bacon
  • diced 1/2 red bell pepper, cut in thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and thin sliced
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper
  • minced (seeds and ribs removed)
  • 6 tablespoons barbecue sauce (divided, your favorite brand)
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese (broken up or cut in small cubes)
  • 1/4 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated (or parmesan cheese Olive oil Garnish Cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. BBQ Sauce ... Mix the jalapeno and BBQ sauce together. 1 1/2-2 tablespoons will be used to coat the chicken; the remaining sauce will be spread on the pizza crust. Note: you could always use a spicy BBQ sauce, and no jalapeno. However, I prefer a basic sauce, and add my own jalapenos.
  2. Chicken ... This is perfect to use leftover rotisserie chicken. Add the chicken to a small bowl, and toss with sauce to lightly coat the chicken. Remember, the rest is spread on the crust - just lightly coat.
  3. Pizza Dough ... Roll out your dough (round, square, or oblong), then transfer to a pizza stone or baking/sheet pan. I like to lightly oil the sheet pan; but, for the pizza stone, I usually just add a little corn meal.
  4. Pizza ... Top the pizza with the remaining BBQ sauce; and, spread evenly over the top, leaving a small border around the edge. Then, top with the mozzarella. I like to just break apart the mozzarella in small pieces; but, you can cut in small cubes as well. Add the chicken which you tossed with the BBQ sauce, bacon, red peppers, and onions. Finish the pizza with the pecorino romano or parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake ... In a 450 degree pre-heated oven, middle shelf, for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Remember to pre-heat your pizza stone, if that if how you are cooking your pizza.
  6. Finish, Serve, and ENJOY! ... Garnish the pizza with cilantro - slice and dig in.
Serving size: 199 g Calories: 284.1 Fat: 16.6 g Saturated fat: 8.5 g Carbohydrates: 13.2 g Sugar: 3.9 g Sodium: 744 g Fiber: 2.4 g Protein: 20.6 g Cholesterol: 51.1 mg
Must Have Pizza Tools!!!

Cast Iron Pizza Pan

Cast Iron Pizza Pan If you want an awesome pizza cooking experience, ya got to try this. What I love about the cast iron pan solution is that this provides for fast, even heating and is used by gourmet chefs everywhere. And you know what? This is perfect for grilling veggies too!

The Jumbo Pizza Slicer

Pizzacraft Slice Tool Everyone is familiar with the big jumbo pizza cutters that the great pizza shops use. But did you know that you can get one for your home? There are three reasons you must have one in your kitchen:
  1. Faster slicing makes for quicker serving
  2. It just feels right - you are a genuine pizza chef
  3. Cleaner, more accurate slices without the mess of pulling the pizza apart
]If you love love family pizza nights, then you will definitely want one.

The Regular Home Pizza Slicer

Pizza Cutter Ya, you know which one this is. Every home has one. The trusty once in a while pizza slicer that you can hold in one hand. There are three reasons you want this in your home:
  1. Small and convenient
  2. For the occasional pizza feast
  3. Just works well - most of the time
I suppose the only real draw back for this type of pizza cutter is, of course, you may find that your pizza is not fully cut and you have to rip apart slices. Does this ever happen to you? Disclaimer: I really love pizza and I really love the products listed on this page. We are using affiliate links to the products mentioned and would love to share the pizza cooking experience with you :)