The Parmo Pizza

Monday, 30 November 2009

Remember the epic post about Parmos? Well, I've taken things a step further and recreated another Teesside favourite of ours. This is the Chicken parmo in pizza form and it's truly delicious.
When we were living in Middlesbrough, there was only one take away that we knew of that made parmo pizzas. A place on Linthorpe Road that otherwise wasn't really worth a visit somehow came up with the genius combination of bite size pieces of breaded chicken, an unhealthy amount of grated cheese all atop a pizza base covered with cheese. Beautiful.

These are pretty simple to make really. All you need to do is make some chicken nuggets, one quantity of basic pizza dough in your bread machine and a pint of cheese sauce. you then just assemble everything together and bake in the oven.

For the chicken:
400g diced chicken breast
1 egg, beaten
Generous helping of golden breadcrumbs
Oil for frying

Bash the diced chicken with a rolling pin until flat. Coat in the egg and follow with breadcrumbs. Fry in the preheated oil until crispy and cooked through. Drain on kitchen roll while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

For the white sauce:
14g (1/2 ounce) butter
14g (1/2 ounce) plain flour
1/2 pint milk
Salt and pepper
Generous handful of grated cheese

Place the first three ingredients into a pan and bring up to the boil whisking constantly until smooth and thick. Season to taste and stir in the cheese until melted.

For the pizza dough:
235ml water
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
350g white bread flour
1 tsp yeast

Place the ingredients into the bread machine pan in the order listed and set the machine to "dough." Roll the dough into two medium pizza rounds and place each on a baking tray.

Spread the white sauce over the pizza bases evenly making sure to go close to the edge of the crust. Tear the chicken pieces and spread evenly over the bases. Cover the pizzas with plenty of grated cheese and any extras you may like (herbs, chillies, pepperoni - whatever you can think of) and place in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and saliva inducing. Enjoy.


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