Monday, September 13, 2010

Homemade 'American Hot' Pizza

Homemade pizza in minutes

When I lived in London one of my favorite pizzas was called the 'American Hot' from the chain Pizza Express. It was the only time I have ever seen jalapenos peppers on a pepperoni pizza. It's definitely a winning combo. So I've created my own version using dried Spanish chorizo, crimini mushrooms and fresh garlic and herb pizza dough found in Trader Joe's (this dough is excellent for making calzones too, a recipe which I will share another time).

KikaEats Version of 'American Hot' Pizza

1-lb package Trader Joe's fresh garlic and herb pizza dough, room temperature
4 oz shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup prepared tomato sauce
1 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms (I used cremini, aka baby portobello)
20 slices dry cured Spanish chorizo, such as Palacios brand
1/2 medium red onion, sliced thinly into half moons
handful jarred sliced jalapeno peppers (fresh are perfectly fine too, just remove the seeds and veins)

Prep your toppings
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease 10x15 inch baking sheet with olive oil. You could also use a round pizza pan, but I don't have one.

On a clean working surface, sprinkle a little flour about 12x12 inches to prevent dough from sticking. Pat hands with flour, remove dough (at room temp) from package and begin pressing out with finger tips. I usually cheat and roll out with a rolling pin. If you don't have one, improvise. I've used a heavy cylindrical container of sea salt before. Roll the dough into a rectangular shape to fit the pan. This takes a few minutes so be patient. Lay dough in pan making sure the dough reaches just past the edges. Press down the edges so they stay secure and don't shrink inwards.

Once dough is in place, spread tomato sauce evenly on top, keeping a 1/2 inch border untouched. Add the shredded cheese evenly. Add sliced mushrooms, onions, chorizo and jalapenos.

Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and pizza dough is golden brown on the bottom. Top with freshly grated Parmesan and fresh basil, if desired. Slice and eat. Makes 8 slices.

Bite into this in 30 minutes

Note: leftover pizza slices freeze beautifully, wrapped tightly in foil.


  1. I can't wait to make this! The combination of chorizo and red onion and pickled peppers are such a winning combination. Hot stuff, Kika.

  2. I'm having pizza for dinner tonight!

  3. So glad it inspired. Then Veniero's for Italian dessert!