“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.” Maya Angelou
Imagine it’s another warm day in my kitchen. My youngest daughter is rummaging through our fridge, looking for the ingredients to help me prepare this Pizza. We get to talking about back to school and what some of her peers are going through. Kids can be cruel.
I’ll take you back to the day I decided to take a pair of scissors and trim the length of my lashes. Living in Jamaica, at a young age, I was taunted for apparently having what my schoolmates considered to be “unusually long eyelashes” in comparison to theirs. Today, I look back at the moment I decided to trim them and realize my schoolmates made fun of me for having what is now a blessing in today’s society of lash extensions, falsies and mascara. I remember that it was a Sunday afternoon. My siblings and I had returned home from our weekly visit to the beach. It was ritual to wash our hair after getting home and get all the sand out. As I was moisturizing and twisting my bow dyed dark brown hair (that’s another story), while staring in the mirror, I noticed my lashes. I believe for the first time. They were, compared to everyone around me, long.
Fast forward to when my oldest daughter was about 11. She’s seated doing her homework one night, and tells me in the sweetest voice that “my eyelashes remind her of Snuffleupagus‘.” Sunffleupagus, or Snuffy, is a wolly mammoth on the educational children’s show Sesame Street. Snuffy is a friend of big bird, has a little sister Alice, and rock extremely noticeable top lashes that extend downward. I laughed so hard, kissed her on he cheek and just said “thank you.”
Moral of this story? I got nothing. Just another island flashback. Let’s enjoy some delicious Jerk Chicken Pizza, made with some of my favourite toppings like: the intense sweet-tart flavor of sun-dried tomatoes; mushrooms; spinach; mozzarella cheese; feta cheese and a spicy jerk-tomato sauce. This is “fusion food at its best!”
1 Whole-Baked Jerk Chicken, sliced
Oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained
Mushrooms, thinly sliced
Spinach leaves, stems removed
1 teaspoonful fresh thyme leaves
Mozzarella cheese, grated
Feta cheese, crumbled
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons jerk sauce, hot or mild
1 medium or large size pizza crust
Use sauce and toppings as desired. If you’re like my little sister Deb, and you don’t like mushrooms, there are other endless pizza toppings to choose from. Mix things up and add sweet pineapple, green pepper, or purple onion.
No pizza crust? Make personal sized pizzas with pita bread. It’s just as easy! See my Arugula and Pesto Pizza for cooking method.
Also, there are my ways to enjoy any leftover jerk chicken. Serve at the dinner table or carve up to use in wraps. Baked sweet potato along with this chicken in a wrap is one of the best things you’ll ever taste! This chicken also tastes great with Hardough and any other soft bread. Steamed broccoli and sweet potato with this chicken is also another crowd pleaser.
Lastly, leave the skin on the chicken! This is up to you of course but believe me, you’ll love the extra flavour that the skin adds to the pizza on top of that hot melted cheese. Yum!
Preheat oven to 425°F.
In a small bowl, mix together the tomato sauce and jerk sauce. Add your spicy jerk-tomato sauce on the pizza crust. Sprinke with thyme leaves. Add mozzarella cheese. Add spinach, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and jerk chicken. Top with more mozzarella. Top with feta cheese.
Place pizza directly on the middle oven rack. For a softer, chewier crust you can bake your pizza on a cookie sheet. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until the pizza is golden and crispy. Broil for 1 – 2 minutes, until cheese begins to bubble. Carefully remove the pizza from the oven. Let stand 2 minutes. Sprinkle with chilli pepper flakes (optional). Slice and enjoy.
I loved cooking this pizza! It was especially great with an ice cold beer. Question is, can you handle the heat? What beverage would you pair with spicy hot pizza? Hit me up, let me know. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Until then, have a slice.