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Whipped Feta, Marinated Tomato & Chicken Pizza

Whipped Feta, Marinated Tomato & Chicken Pizza - a fresh summer pizza full of flavor!

My husband LOVES making pizza – he grills it in the summer, bakes it in the winter, and comes up with a new flavor combo each time. In this monthly “guest post,” I’m going to sit back, relax, and maybe take the occasional photo while Jeff makes me a pizza and tells you about it. Here he is:

I love pizza.  It is probably my favorite food.  And, my favorite part about my favorite food is the crust.   Just my little secret, the best way to get delicious crust is on a grill.

This week I had some good inspiration for getting that delicious crust I crave – I grilled a pizza with feta spread and cherry tomatoes.  I got the idea a couple weeks ago when I decided to make some bruschetta I saw on the Barefoot Contessa.

Whipped Feta, Marinated Tomato & Chicken Pizza - a fresh summer pizza full of flavor!

My wife and I usually spend weekend mornings watching the Food Network because we get good cooking ideas while decompressing from a long week of work.  On Saturday we saw Ina Garten making a meal for her husband Geoffrey.  My wife saw these bruschetta that had a feta cheese spread and heirloom tomatoes marinated in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and shallots – she literally shrieked with joy and made me promise to make them for her.

Long story short, I made the bruschetta.  They were so amazing I decided to make a pizza using similar toppings. I made the same feta cheese spread, substituted cherry tomatoes for heirloom, and threw in grilled chicken as a protein.  I topped the pizza with arugula for some green color.

Whipped Feta, Marinated Tomato & Chicken Pizza - a fresh summer pizza full of flavor!

Whipped Feta, Marinated Tomato & Chicken Pizza

Yield: 4 servings

Whipped Feta, Marinated Tomato & Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 pound assorted cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves
  • 1 ball of pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 cooked chicken breast (grilled, roasted or poached), thinly sliced
  • 2 cups arugula

Instructions

  1. Place feta and cream cheese in bowl of food processor; pulse until cheeses are well combined. Add lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; process until smooth.
  2. In medium bowl, stir together garlic, shallots and vinegar; let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add tomatoes; toss to combine. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir in basil.
  3. Grill pizza crust according to Grilled Pizza Tutorial, except cook crust all the way through before finishing with toppings (toppings will not be cooked any further). Alternatively, pizza crust can be baked in oven according to package directions.
  4. Spread still-warm cooked pizza crust with feta mixture. Top with chicken, tomato mixture and arugula.

Adapted from Ina Garten

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For more pizza creations by Jeff, check out our pizza archive!

15 Responses to “Whipped Feta, Marinated Tomato & Chicken Pizza”

  1. Laura Dembowski — July 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    This is such a fresh looking pizza. So perfect for summer!

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  2. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Laura! Well, I didn’t really do anything, so I’m sure Jeff says thanks, too :)

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  3. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — July 30, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    If it has pizza in the title I am totally in! This looks great!

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  4. Liz — July 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Oh, yeah, does this sound amazing!!! What a perfect summer pizza!!!

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  5. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Haha – what about pizza ice cream? :) Ugh, I just grossed myself out thinking about that.

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  6. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks so much, Liz!

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  7. Nancy — July 30, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I often shriek with joy when I watch the Food Network too…then I grunt and drool from hunger, just as I’m doing right now looking at these photos. Tell your hubs he did a good job! I wish my husband would make pizza for me on the regular too!

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  8. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 30, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Consider your kind words passed along, Nancy :) The hard part about the Food Network is seeing something you want to eat RIGHT THEN, but knowing there’s a trip to the grocery store and then an hour of cooking between you and that dish. So disheartening.

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