Creamy Garlic Chicken Pizza

They say necessity is the mother of invention and I'd have to agree. Many (many!) of my recipes are born out of substitutions, spur-of-the-moment things thrown together and mishing and mashing of 2, 3, or even 5 different recipes for inspiration all contributing to a new idea.

Last night I was in the middle of a hectic, crazy night with far too many things going on all at once. In the midst of this I was trying to make 2 pizza's for dinner. One, I knew would be a Greek Spinach Pizza (already posted here - check the pizza links to the right side of the page) and the second? Well, I figured it would have something to do with chicken but I wasn't sure. Maybe BBQ Chicken Pizza. However, running late and juggling too many things meant my Greek pizza was in the oven and the second crust was on the counter.

Having posted the recipe for a Creamy Garlic Sauce earlier that day I ran to my computer, printed it off and made some substitutions as I didn't have half and half, mozzarella cheese or Parmesan cheese. The result? A pizza my 15 year old son said I should make every weekend for "Pizza Night". Coming from Mr. Plain Pepperoni that is quite the compliment.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Pizza
*January 2008*

4 T butter
1 1/2 T minced garlic
1 1/2 T flour
3/4 c heavy cream
1/4 c parsley

1 pizza crust already made and risen

1/2 c shredded smoked gouda
1/2 c shredded provolone
1 c diced cooked chicken (I used 4 boneless, skinless chicken tenders quickly cooked in the microwave and chopped)

Melt the butter in a pan on the stove. Add the garlic and quickly saute' over medium heat for 1 minute until tender but not brown. Whisk in flour until smooth and add cream and parsley. Stir quickly until thick. Spread over prepared pizza crust. Top with cheeses and chicken. Bake at 425 until golden brown, approximately 18 minutes.

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