Sweet, spicy and garlicky heat makes this chicken and roasted pineapple pizza crazy good. ~ by Serena Ball, MS,RD
The kids and I were sitting around the table enjoying this Sriracha Chicken & Pineapple Pizza when I reminisced that eating pizza makes me think of high school.
Kids: “What was it like waaaay back when you were in high school?”
Me: “Well, besides eating lots of pizza….I drove a gold car to school and to cruise Main Street.”
My girls: “You mean gold like a Cinderella carriage?”
Me: “No. Gold as in a 1973 Goldenrod-colored Subaru. I was thankful to have a car, but it was older than me. It backfired loud like this: BAAANG! And when it did, all my friends in the car ducked. So then I looked like I was cruising around by myself. And that was embarrassing.”
Me: “Someday, you’ll understand.”
This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is about the recent food trend of “smoke and spiciness.” A Sriracha pizza sounded yummy. So I googled it find out if anyone else had thought of this combo.
Of course they had.
As testament to the food trend fact that Sriracha is becoming almost as mainstream as ketchup, even Pizza Hut planning on a Sriracha pizza. However, thoughts of Pizza Hut brought up more bad high school memories: I was a Pizza Hut waitress and NO high school student relished the opportunity to wear a brown polyester uniform with matching visor that flattened her big hair.
So I went with my own creation, which isn’t too spicy – and it turned out to be “the best pizza you’ve ever made, Mom!”
Sriracha is sweet, hot and garlicy. So, in case you’re new to the ‘new’ American ketchup, try it with:
- Eggs. Any way. Sriracha Deviled Eggs via @Kalyn’s Kitchen
- On anything served at a diner. (It’s on every table at the hip new Rooster diner in St. Louis.) Think burgers, bacon, crispy potatoes, omelettes.
- Asian soup like this Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup via @ Cooking Light
- Almost any vegetable from Brussels sprouts to zucchini. Like Carrot Fries via @ MJ&HungryMan
- Roasted fruit. Like the finger-lickin’-good pineapple topping on this pizza.
So, here’s to memories made and shared around the family dinner table. And maybe someday my kids will be sharing memories with their kids about a time loooong ago – when little packets of Sriracha didn’t automatically come with every fast food burger or slice of pizza. (My prediction!)
What are you adding Sriracha to?
And for more about the Smokin’ Trend of adding smokey, spicy flavors to wake up your food, check out these ReDux posts: