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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!

 

 

Bones and Balls Batard

 

Sometimes my frenzied life leaves some documentation of my culinary absurdity in the dust. This happened last May when I filmed the making of a fabulously unconventional batard. I made over fifty loaves and sold them all in under an hour. The resounding question from customer-guys like me was…”Ahhhhh yea man, ARE THOSE RIBS?” As I say, “Of course bro, and local ones at that!”

Obviously, because this is A PIZZA BLOG,  these videos probably need an introduction from John Cleese saying – “And now, for something completely different!” (but I figure, if you are a real pizza professional, you’re a better baker than most bakers so why not get crazy!)

Well, here it is, a batard made with an eighty-five percent hydrated dough with a flour that was fourteen-percent protein  to which I added a thirty percent of a sticky pre-ferment gotten from organic wild Ohio grapes. I added about five percent old dough, (pate fermentee), some malt syrup for a deeper crust, salt and retarded it under refrigeration for forty-nine hours.

The interlopers in this dough are onions that I roasted with chipotle peppers in adobo) at 475 degrees. When they were hot, limp and roasted, I added dried blueberries and they re-hydrated just enough to infuse a balzy taste of spicy-sweet! The other stuff in the dough is chorizo meatballs, (King Family Farms natural pork, smoked Spanish paprika, cinnamon, garlic, onion, cilantro, basil, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and egg as binder). And finally, I added some whole roasted garlic cloves and fresh basil and cilantro to the dough.

I then took half the chipotle-blueberry mix and ground it up with a little cinnamon, extra virgin olive oil and coated the ribs and roasted them.

Then I took the ribs and Frenched them halfway down the bone for insertion. (see vid).

 

So, do you see? The hydrated dough not only let me impregnate some killer ingredients into the gluten net during the initial mix of the original dough and then it sat in suspended, cold-fermented animation with slow yeast consumption of sugars providing time for the gluten and gasses to build around the items. In the end,  I was able to fold the new item, (Mr. Rib) into the batard by just snipping with scissors and folding over the more-than-willing dough. The final proof was enough to encapsulate the bones into the balls.

Then I baked the shit out of these culinary killers at 3:50 a.m!

Man, I love my job! Thanks always to Joel Fair, Jacob Seidel and my staff at Avalanche for putting up with my madness in the early a.m.!