Great Leftover Challenge #2 Chicken Artichoke Spinach Pepperoni Pizza

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Great Leftover Challenge #2  Chicken Artichoke Spinach Pepperoni Pizza

I hate things going to waste.  I also hate opening up the fridge and seeing small containers of mismatched leftovers.  It’s annoying.  A few days ago I made Spinach Artichoke dip for people hanging around the house.  It was a huge hit but I had about a cup of it leftover.  I also made some quick rise rolls in my cast iron skillet (I’ve loved making these fast rolls) but since the skillet only holds twelve rolls, I have dough left over.  I also had ONE piece of grilled chicken left over.  It was time to clean out all this stuff and make one dish.  I am also a big fan of Danny’s Kitchen, a great blog.  A few months ago Danny started a contest called The Great Leftover Challenge.  I participated in that first challenge and had a lot of fun.  Danny has thrown down the gauntlet again for The Great Leftover Challenge #2.  So….since I’m throwing stuff together anyway, I thought I’d enter the challenge.  Judging by how quickly the pizza got eaten, I’d say it was a hit.

I did pre-heat my oven to 500 degrees with my pizza stone in it.  This made the surface really hot and I think helped the crust develop really nicely.  I have other great recipes for pizza crust but this “leftover” dough made a pretty darn good showing!

Lay dough on preheated stone and spread spinach artichoke dip on top

Add grilled chicken, pepperoni and cheeses

Bake for 8-10 minutes and serve

Chicken Artichoke Spinach Pepperoni Pizza

Quick Rise Rolls (half recipe)

Any leftover grilled or pre-cooked chicken

1 cup Spinach Artichoke Dip (I’ll post the recipe for this soon)

1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/3 cup cheddar cheese

Pepperoni

Preheat oven to 500°F with Pizza Stone in it (or if you’re using a metal pan, heat that as well).  Roll out the dough and carefully lay it on the preheated pizza stone.  Spread spinach artichoke dip evenly over the dough.  Sprinkle the chicken and pepperoni and finish off with cheese on top.  Place back in oven and turn heat down to 450°F.  Cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until crust is brown and cheese is bubbly.

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  2. That looks amazing! Such a good use of spinach and artichoke dip too. Yummy! Doesn’t it always feel good to come up with something really good from leftovers? Like Macgyver with food!

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  4. I love using up leftovers too, especially in ways that are as delicious and crowd-pleasing as this! I feel that wasting food disrespects the work of all the people that has gone into the procurement of it, including my own and ultimately, I think it disrespects the earth. Don’t know why I’m feeling so wordy and on my high horse this morning! What I really mean to say is: Way to go! Pizza looks rad!!

  5. That *was* creative and it was really fortuitous that you posted it today. I just bought some nice rolls and ham to make sandwiches for travelling. I just got home and realized I have no mayonnaise… I am *not* going back out again but, luckily, my wife has left some dip in the fridge… not homemade but it will do nicely. Thanx for the idea!

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