Sunday, December 22, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

In Cincinnati there is a pizza joint called Trotta's Pizza, home of the Lotta Trotta.  The Lotta Trotta will feed about a million people.  Ok, maybe not a million but a lot.  All of their pizza is delicious.  The crust is so thick and full of garlic.  It's the stuff that dreams are made of.  

To get the full of effect of Trotta's, you have to understand that it is located in a drive-thru.  Most of you will probably now need to know what a drive-thru is.  Well, basically, it's the inside of a gas station that you drive right down the middle of.  In my opinion, the west side of Cincinnati should be famous for it's drive-thru's.  You can get anything there.  Milk, break, pop, candy, chips, beer, wine and at Trotta's--pizza!  You can buy it by the slice or call and have it delivered. 

I became familiar with Trotta's while I was bartending at a little joint called Miss Kitty's Cafe, may it rest in peace.  Once a week they would bring free pizza to the bar for all of the patrons to gobble up in record time.  Normally on a Friday night and it would last about 3.5 seconds.   We would have them deliver a couple "Lotta's" for Monday night football as well.  Sometimes, one of the drivers would just drop off a mess up.  That's how I discovered their Chicken Wing Pizza.  It was 2005 and to my knowledge there was no such thing as a Chicken Wing Pizza.  One bite and my life was changed forever.  Someone was saying that chicken wings and pizza could be combined?  What???

Eventually I left Cincinnati and Miss Kitty's sadly closed but as long as I live I will never forget the Chicken Wing Pizza.  This Buffalo Chicken Pizza is my ode to Trotta's.

My version is a combination of buffalo chicken dip meets pizza.  I think it's delicious and I hope you will too.  It's a great addition to any game day party.  And today it brought my Bengals another win!  I might have to continue to eat this for the next 6 weeks.  What are some of your favorite game day foods?  Please comment and let me know.  I'm always looking for new things to try!

Buffalo Chicken Pizza


1 (12 inch pizza crust)
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened.
1 cup of shredded chicken
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup blue cheese
Buffalo sauce (recipe below)

In a mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup buffalo sauce with the softened cream cheese.  Mix well.  Spread over a 12 inch pizza crust (I use a pre-made thin crust purchased at my local grocer).  

Combine the shredded chicken with enough buffalo sauce to coat, about 4 tablespoons or so.  Sprinkle the chicken over the cream cheese sauce.  Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top and follow with blue cheese.  Bake according to your crusts directions.  In my case, place the pizza in a preheated 450 degree oven and reduce the heat to 425 degrees.  Bake for 7-10 minutes or until crust has started to brown and cheese is melted.

Garlic Buffalo Wing Sauce


1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups of hot sauce*

In a small saucepan, melt butter.  Add the chopped garlic and let cook over low for about 5 minutes.  Slowly whisk in the hot sauce and continue to cook over low for 20-25 minutes.

*I only use Frank's hot sauce.  In my humble opinion, there is no other sauce to make wing sauce with.

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