Friday, April 17, 2015

DO try this at home

There are nights when I get home late after a long day of work, when my feet are hurting and I am so hungry that I find myself shoving cake in my mouth while I am looking in the fridge for something half-way nutritious to eat.  I just need a simple meal that I can enjoy while watching the latest recording of the "Real Housewives of New York".  (The "B" is back and I couldn't be more excited!)  A bowl of cold cereal doesn't go well with red wine, I've already eaten to many cheese and cracker meals lately and I'm over toasted  English Muffins.  Thankfully I have my recipe for "World Famous Tortilla Pizza" in my arsenal.  The first time I served this to the kids for dinner, I felt I had to put a fancy spin on the name since all it took was spooning some canned tomato sauce onto a wrap/tortilla and topping it with cheese before placing it under the broiler for less than 5 minutes.  Et voila!  They went for it, likely because they each had their own personal "pizza" that they didn't have to share and I made each one according to their personal specifications: Ava sauce, Declan no sauce. This is more of a formula than an actual recipe as you can change up the toppings to incorporate whatever you may have already on hand. I prefer to make mine a little more jazzy than the one's the kids like. Which is good, because then they won't come scampering into the kitchen, sniffing the aroma from the oven, asking me if they can sample some of my long awaited dinner. I scrounge out leftovers like last night's steamed asparagus and that tiny morsel of goat cheese that wouldn't be useful for anything else.  Lucky me, tonight, I found some grilled chicken, half an avocado and some cheddar cheese.  Add a little barbecue sauce and I created a masterpiece. You get the picture.  Assemble your favorite flavors, toast up the tortilla, slice it up, and serve.  It doesn't even require a plate, just bring the cutting board to your favorite comfortable chair, pour a glass of wine, put up your feet, banish the kids to the basement and don't forget the "Real Housewives"!

"World Famous" Tortilla Pizza
Barbecue Chicken with Avocado
(serves one)
1 wrap or large tortilla
1/2 grilled chicken breast, chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I like Stubb's)
1/2 avocado, diced
2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
Turn broiler on high.  Place wrap or tortilla on a cookie sheet and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted.  Mix chicken breast and barbecue sauce together in a bowl.  Remove from tortilla/wrap from oven.  Flip over wrap/tortilla so that toasted side is now on the bottom.  Top with barbecue mixture followed by diced avocado and grated cheese.  Place under broiler for 5-7 minutes until cheese is bubbling and tortilla/wrap is crisp on edges.  Remove from oven and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes.  Cut into wedges and enjoy without sharing.
*This recipe is great for last minute guests and/or serving with cocktails.

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