Monday, April 22, 2013

#FreshTake Easy Southwest Pizza

This post is about two things I completely LOVE – pizza and a new product that is totally awesome.

The other day I went to buy some shredded cheese for a homemade pizza and saw Kraft’s new Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb mix – I knew I had to try it! There is a photo of delicious looking chicken on the cover of the package but that is not what I had in mind. I had pizza on the brain – warm, cheesy, tasty-pizza goodness.

In all honesty, I wanted to buy each one of the Kraft Fresh Take varieties. They all would work great for different pizzas, but it wasn’t time to be acting all crazy just because I was excited about a new product. So, I hoed and hummed and finally decided on the Southwest Three Cheese. (This is probably the part of the shopping trip that my husband wonders why he agrees to come with me… haha!)

This is what I was thinking – I already use parmesan cheese in my homemade pizza dough, so why not replace that with a little something special? Something to give our homemade pizza a little “pop” of flavor. Not to brag or anything, but this was an awesome idea I had…

I picked up the rest of the ingredients I needed for an easy pizza and headed home. Check out my shopping trip here on Google+ - we found some real fun stuff.

Now that I have been able to check out Kraft Fresh Take, let me tell you a little about it…

It’s a mixture of breadcrumbs and cheese, sold in a resealable bag. The two are not mixed together in the package – but divided by a removable separator. Once the divider is unsealed, the breadcrumbs and cheese can be mixed in the resealable bag. Then you can add chicken, pork or fish to the same bag and coat with the breadcrumb mixture. I love how Fresh Take uses fresh cheese and helps make clean-up a little easier. Although I made pizza this time – I really want to try Fresh Take with chicken, I imagine the tastes are awesome!

With all that said, I must share what I created with my very own bag of Kraft Fresh Take: Easy Southwest Pizza. Oh yes, it’s easy and it screams with Southwestern flavors. A couple notes about the recipe real quick...

1) The recipe is written to be made with a stand mixer – the job can get done by hand as well, it will just require a little elbow grease and a bit of patience. 
2) I use a pizza docker that places rows of holes on the dough before baking it. This helps the dough to NOT rise in those areas thus making the middle of the dough flatter than the crust when baked. A fork works for this task as well. 
3) All ingredients used in this recipe can either be made fresh or bought pre-made in the store. I used homemade black beans, but of course canned would work just fine. 
4)The hardest part of the recipe is waiting for the pizza to cool enough to take a bite without scalding all of your tastebuds – true story.;)

#FreshTake Easy Southwest Pizza
½ tablespoon active dry yeast
¾ cups warm water
1 ½ cups flour
Kraft Fresh Take – Southwest Three Cheese
2 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup ranch dressing
2 cups monterey jack cheese
2 cups chicken, cooked & cubed
¼ cup black beans
¼ cups corn kernels
¼ cups tomatoes, chopped
1. In stand mixer, add ½ tablespoon active dry yeast with ¾ cups warm water
2. In separate bowl, combine 1 ½ cups flour with ½ cup Kraft Fresh Take - Southwest Three Cheese
3. Wait about 7 minutes or until yeast mixture is foamy. Add flour mixture to stand mixer and mix on speed 2 for about 7-10 minutes, adding olive oil once most dry ingredients have been incorporated into dough.
4.Either using your hands or a rolling pin, spread dough out. I was able to make a 14” pizza, with crust, using this recipe. Poke holes into base of pizza dough once rolled out using a fork or pastry docker.
5. Bake for 6 minutes, rotating dough once.
6. Remove and add ingredients in the following order: ranch dressing, monterey jack cheese, chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes and remaining Kraft Fresh Take.
7. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating pizza once.
8. Let cool, slice and devour. I find that devouring the pizza is SO much easier than waiting for it to cool. ;)

From March until July the Kraft Fresh Possibilities Tour truck will be making stops across the country! Check their site here to see if they will be making a stop in your town!!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Kraft Foods #FreshTake #cbias #SocialFabric


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