Like most children, I hated vegetables for the longest time. One of my deadliest foes was broccoli. Honestly, it was probably one of the few expensive things I never wanted! =) No, broccoli was bad. Those fuzzy ends that would tickle your throat on the way down? Ugh. Gag me with a spoon. And it didn’t matter if the stalks were hidden in a casserole, or if we were taking raw chunks and dousing them in ranch dressing–broccoli was just nasty…
Until three months ago. I was in Boston, staying at one of the universities there (note my slight bit of anonymity!). Among other things, I spent about six weeks eating cafeteria food. Now, it was “OK” cafeteria food, but no place is great after six weeks. As this was a college campus, there was always a pizza bar. And at least twice a week, they would have chicken and broccoli pizza. One day, out of desperation for something new, I tried it. Despite the fact that it was (i) crappy, cheap cheese (ii) frozen, by-no-means-fresh broccoli and (iii) the driest chicken in the world, the pizza “had potential.” I could see this working, modulo tweaking almost every ingredient. So, below is the result. While there’s no denying this dish is inspired by a mediocre cafeteria, on the plus side at the age of 25 I have finally found a way I can enjoy broccoli.
CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI PIZZA
- Large stalks of broccoli
- Chicken breasts
- Pizza dough
- Pam, or similar substance
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- White wine (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375*F.
- Prepare the broccoli. For that, clean it, chop off the stems and tear into small pieces. Place in a pot with water and white wine. Saute for at least 10 minutes.
- Prepare the chicken. Take the olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic, and make a marinade. Then, when ready, grill the chicken.
- When the broccoli is done, remove from water/wine bath and place on paper towel.
- When the chicken is done, chop it into bite-sized pieces.
- Layer the pizza as follows: broccoli, chicken, cheese. Bake for approx. 20 minutes.