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Why did Chicken Skin Pizza Cross the Road?

To get to the land of Pizza Innovation up on madness street!

Actually, I’ve had many people asking me to make an ultra crispy, thin-crust, non-gluten pie with vegetarian toppings on it so here it is!

Now before you leave and think I am (totally) insane, I gotta tell you that this pizza is the BOMB! Crunchy chicken to the core followed by creamy cumin and a hint of acid with garlic and the savory crunch of pine nuts.

I first started this train of thought because of all the local chicken I use for my pizzeria. I get it from King Family farms of Albany, Ohio as well as all natural ground pork for our house-made Italian sausage. After roasting, the chicken skin is taken off and we have been fond of making chicken crispies. So there it is, lets make this bad boy.

Roast several chickens and take the chicken skin off of them.

   

Place in a round pizza circle on parchment paper, overlapping as you go. Place parchment paper on top of the chicken skin then place several other same sized trays on top of the chicken skin tray. You can also use a brick as long as it is something to flatten the skin as it cooks.

 

Cook at 475 to 500 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until crisp and just past golden brown. Pick up to test for crispness and set aside to cool.

   

Mix the ricotta, lemon and cumin seed in a bowl then brush the sauce on the cooled chicken skin crust. Place the provolone and garlic cloves on the pizza, then the pine nuts.

 

Place pizza back in the hot oven for only 10 to 12 minutes to only melt the cheese, (longer if you have to). Pull from the oven and top with fresh cilantro and crunch you way to chicken paradise!

 

 

Pork Heart Pizza Pie

One of the most underused items in the porcine library of protein is the pork heart. Rich in iron, vitamin c and that irresistible mild offal flavor. This is one of those proteins that you have two choices while cooking; really fast or really slow. I chose the slow method and knocked this pie into the bleachers at Flavor Field!

My local pork heart was obtained by my friend Rich Blazer of Harmony Hollow Farms here in Athens.

                                

I trimmed these hearts and tossed them with fresh garlic cloves and extra virgin olive oil. Then I packed them in foil and threw them into my bread oven that was cooling down from Jacob Seidels baguette baking regime here at Avalanche. The temperature was 275 and cooled on down to 250  for four hours. After taking the foil out, I let it rest for another hour on the counter. The result was a beautiful, tender heart with the infused nuance of garlic.

               

I decided that this heart would benefit from the smokey, umami laden goat feta from my friends at Integration Acres. I took chunks of this almost a month ago and coated them in High Desert bee pollen then wrapped them in Hokkaido kombu that was re-hydrated in dashi.

          

The result is fee-nom! The salt from the kombu and dashi had crystallized and the bee pollen lent a sharp medium sweetness to the salty feta whose texture broke down with a smokey mouth feel as I bit down. This was gonna be perfect on a pigs heart pie!

            

So, I formed a dough from my Easy Dough Recipe and pre-heated an oven to 485 degrees. I laid the feta and some sharp (12 month old) Belgium Bruge Prestige cheese (above, left),  that I had been aging for six months extra for an ultimate taste of tang.

            

 I then took some fatty Red Waddle pig cheeks from Neil Perin at Arcadian Acres and cured them with salt and tad bit of maple sugar for four days then rubbed it with my secret spices smoked them over sassafras. This was sliced thin along with a few slices of La Quercia lardo.

       

I chopped some of the last great heirloom tomatoes from my friend at Vest Berries that he picked green and ripened in house. tomatoes with cilantro, one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt the drizzled this sauce on top of the heart, cheeses, and guanciale, (That’s right Chumly, some pizza sauces are better served on top!) I did use some slivers of the tomato on top also.

           

It was time for baking so I placed a few Castelvetrano olive halves on the pie to impress the meaty heart with some Sicilian saltiness. Then I tossed the pizza in the oven. (not literally.)

             

When hot, I rubbed the thinly sliced lardo all across the piping crust for a great slick pork crunch on the cornicione!