Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza.

Today I’m beginning up close and personal because this pizza means business!

You know I can’t go too long without the ‘za, so here is my latest.

The concept of a “buffalo chicken pizza” is not original, but I put a couple of twists into my version that I feel makes it a wee bit special.

Can I tell you why I made this pizza?  I was doing a regular grocery store run and I came across this…

Frank's Red Hot

Frank’s Red Hot original cayenne pepper sauce.

You must understand, I don’t expect to come across such an “American” and lesser known product here in Marbella…especially when I can not find basic items such as red pepper flakes, cranberries or dried sage and many more!  So after I did a double-take then squealed in delight, I snatched the bottle off the shelf like I discovered a long-lost friend.  It was a good day.

What to do with it?  Wings?  Mmm, I love me some hot wings!  But wait, I have some pizza dough in the fridge.  Chicken wings + pizza = LOVE.  Done and done!

Let’s start!

Shredded Chicken

First, I poached (as you can see, it’s still a little pink inside as it will finish cooking on the pizza), then shredded a large chicken breast.  This is one of my first “twists”.  By poaching and shredding, each bite you take will give you tender, juicy pieces of perfectly sauced chicken.

Slice some red onions.

Celery Leaves

Now take a stalk of celery with the leaves still intact, wash and chop up a generous amount of the leaves.  They’re not only a gorgeous garnish, but these pungent leaves will give you the essential “wings with celery” flavor combination!

Time to take out your favorite blue cheese or ranch dressing.  I used ranch because I’m not a fan of blue cheese.  Roll out your dough then pour some dressing to cover, leaving the edges dry.  You don’t need much, just enough dressing to cover the dough with a light layer especially given that my dough is very thin.

Chicken With Frank's Red Hot

Next, mix Frank’s Red Hot sauce with your shredded chicken.  Mm-mmm!  Per usual, I don’t measure, I keep pouring in and mixing until all of the chicken is fully coated as you see above.

Distribute the chicken evenly on to your dressing-covered dough, along with shredded mozzarella cheese and the red onion slices.

Put it all in the oven and bake!  My thin crust pizza only takes 13-15 minutes.  I use a ready-made dough here in Spain (in SF, I use Trader Joe’s!), so follow the baking instructions of the particular dough you are using (for thicker dough, I usually bake it a while before placing on the toppings).

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Sprinkle on your chopped celery leaves when the pizza is hot out of the oven.  These tasty leaves are essential, so be liberal.  Feel free to drizzle the ranch dressing on top of the pizza as well.  Why not?

Eee-gads, why on earth am I putting this post together before dinner??  SO HUNGRY!

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I served my Buffalo Chicken Pizza with carrot and celery sticks and a side of ranch.  Trust me, this tasted just like having a plate of wings with a side of celery sticks dipped in ranch…and much less messy!

I promise this is FANTASTIC plus it was a comforting, familiar taste of a good ‘ol American classic brought into our home in Spain.

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If you enjoyed this post, I think you will like my “Burrata Pizza” too!

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Market Atarazanas On A Rainy Day

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I’ve shared my love and fascination with foreign markets with you before (here in Germany).  If the opportunity presents itself, I take drag whoever I’m with to visit them and I bring along my camera because there’s always something unique that catches my eye.

On a rainy Marbella day, bf and I took a 40 minute drive to the capital of the Costa del Sol, Málaga.  We needed an excursion from experiencing 2 weeks of non-stop rain and, being indoors, the Málaga Atarazanas Market was perfect for such a day.

Photo Credit – Carlos Lozano

Mercado Atarazanas.

What was once a Moorish shipyard built in the 14th Century, is now a vibrant central market for the fortunate people of Málaga.  The only structure salvaged from the original shipyard is the facade of one of the seven original horseshoe arches called “La Puerta de Atarazanas“.

La Puerta de Atarazanas

Photo Courtesy of “Malaga Turismo”

The well-lit, clean and orderly aisles are organized by stands of fish & seafood, fruits & vegetables, and meats.  You can also enjoy the bustling atmosphere at one of their popular tapas stands.  You know where I’m going with this right?

Bar Mercado Atarazanas and Razor Snails.

I’m so predictable.

A woman can’t shop on an empty stomach…at least not this woman!  Bf has learned this (clever man), so our first stop was a quick bite at one of their tapas bar inside Atarazanas.

We chose some plump fried sardines (you can see them being prepared above)…

…and fried fish along with a local cerveza (beer).  Yes, I know, so much for heart-healthy.

Talk about hitting the spot.  They were both delicious and when these stands are steps away from their suppliers, you can also imagine how fresh!  This my kind of “fast food”.

Properly sated, I was ready to browse the market.  We began down the aisle selling fish and seafood and weaved our way around…

As you can see, the choices are abundant and gorgeously merchandised.  Most of the vendors were friendly and full of character, which makes this market 100% even better in my eyes.

On the right is Lomo de Bacalao or Dried Salted Cod.

Doesn’t this look like refreshing ice-cream or gelato?  Well, look closer because before you is a selection of flavored L-A-R-D.  Yup, that’s how they roll here (ha, get it, “roll”?!)

Large vats of Chorizo and Pork…in lard.  Is it no wonder how some of their food is so ridiculously rich and flavorful?!

Enormous, local Boletus (porcinis) from the area of Ronda and Chirimoya fruit.

These were wispiest, longest, most elegant asparagus I’ve ever seen!

Local Malaga Higos (figs) and olives, a Spanish staple.

I love the Spanish ladies with their shopping carts, though some of them can be quite, um…assertive…so watch out!

When we left the indoor market, there was a man selling snails and olives on the sidewalk.  Talk about fresh!

Then we walked a few blocks to the famous promenade, Calle Larios.

Calle Larios

Even on this rainy day, people were strolling through this charming pedestrian-only area.  The street is filled with shops, restaurants and bars and one particularly popular local confitería (café, tearoom, patisserie), Café Lepanto where we stopped for a sweet treat…or two…or three.

There’s something about sitting at an outdoor café, sipping coffee and people watching that turns a cold rainy day quite ideal.

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Check out my trip to the über German, CITTI Markt for “More Is More!

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