Saturday, March 6, 2010

Peppered Black Currant Vermicelli and Chicken Pizza

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Actually you can eat 2 meals on this recipe .
the second ( or first) being the pizza and the other being one of the following serving alternatives

The first:
Make up the Peppered Black Currant Vermicelli and Chicken using chicken breast and thighs instead of tenders. Serve the chicken on a bed of the peppered black currant vermicelli which has been topped with fresh or roasted sweet bell peppers , roasted or fresh sliced tomatoes, a sprinkling of fresh chopped sweet basil and top the whole thing with shredded mozzarella and asiago cheese..

The second:
Slice a loaf of focaccia bread into 4 equal parts. Then slice each part between the top and the bottom to form a rectangular shaped "bun" ( you should have 4 tops and 4 bottoms.) Brush all sides of each top and bottom lightly with olive oil (can be Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and place them open faced on a cookie sheet lined with parchment papper . Cover the sandwich tops ( should be a bit thicker than the bottoms) with the chicken that has been sliced to about 1/4 inch thick . Cover the bottoms with the Peppered Black Currant Vermicelli. Lay fresh, thinly sliced sweet bell pepper, tomatoes and white or yellow onions over the vermicelli side and lay Pancetta over the chicken side . Top both sides with some fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and sliced Provolne cheese . Place under the briler for 3 to 7 minutes to melt and brown cheese or bake in a 425 degree F. oven for for 7 to 13 minutes. remove from the oven . let set 3 to 5 minutes then fold tops onto bottoms and cut in half . Serve

OK, now that you have the alts , lets get to the pizza shall we??

Ingredients :
For The Peppered Black Currant Vermicelli:

4 cups cold water
1 tablespoon Olive oil ( can be extra virgin or virgin)
1 good sized long black pepper
1 scant Tablespoon loose Black Currant Tea leaves (brand-optional)
1 sliver orange peal (preped as in the candied orange peal recipe)
Fresh crack ( in pepper mills) the following with the turns given
Organic Cubeb pepper- full 3 turns
Grains of Paradise- 2 full turns
Pink peppercorns - 4 full turns
Organic Green peppercorns - 3 full turns
Organic Ceylon White Peppercorns- 3 full turns
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dry Tarragon
1/2 teaspoon dry basil
1 -- 6.3 oz bag vermicelli noodles
6 to 8 thin chicken tenders
For Pizza:
2 to 3 tablespoons sun dried tomato bread dipping oil or olive oil
Your favorit pizza crust ( for a 12 to 14 inch pizza)
5 thin slices each: yellow, orange, and red sweet bell pepper
1/4 cup diced tomatoes ( caned or fresh)
1/4 cup diced red onion ( any onion works here)
1/2 cup mushrooms (Iused can tonight but fresh are awesome too)
3/4 cup Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 - 1/2 cup Grated Mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Into a heavy sauce pan place the water, oil, herbs, spices, tea leaves, orange peal peace, and the long black pepper piece broken in half. Bring this JUST to a boil , then reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Add the washed chicken tenders and cover. Simmer another 45 minutes ( use a meat thermometer to be sure the chicken is cooked through out!).

Leave the chicken and spices in the water and add the amount of vermicelli noodles you need ( i use the whole bag so i have enough to make one of the alt recipes and this one) ..

the cooking time for the noodles will be the time recommended on the package.. i cooked my noodles for 7 minutes

Remove the long black pepper pieces and the orange pieces before serving or using the Peppered Black Currant Vermicelli and Chicken.

While the above is cooking, prep the Pizza crust

about the bread dipping oil , I get this inthe bakery/deli section at walmart, But if you can't find it you can infuse olive oil ( type of your choice) with wonderful bits of herbs, sun dried tomatoes, and spices to your likeing and use that.

Place the pizza crust into/on a good pizza pan that has been well sprayed with olive oil (I use a restaurant quality deep dish pizza pan for this. these pans can usually be found at a local restaurant supply shop/store)
Poke holes into the dough.. called docking.. you can do this with a fork.. cover the surface evenly with lots of little holes to keep the crust from bubbling up and displacing your toppings.
Brush the crust with the bread dipping oil

start with the pasta .. ( click to enlarge the photo) Drain about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the pasta . Don't use a lot. and Spread it evenly all over the pizza.
then add the chicken torn to bite sized bits.
then the peppers ( isn't that pretty)

next addd the tomatoes and onions.

then the mushrooms ( speaking of mushrooms this is awesome with fresh spring Morel or morchella mushrooms and Mushroom season is coming!!! WOOWHOO!)

top with the cheeses starting with the Parmesan, then the mozzarella , followed by the cheddar ( and maybe some asiago if you have some?)

Place this into a 425 degree F. oven for 14 to 18 minuted

Bet your wonderen' what I want them pliers hu?
(Insert a almost- wicked Grin, raised right eye brow, the "I know a secret." twinkle in the eye and a semi-evil laugh here. )
Actually you may know this trick.

I use the pliers to hold on to the hot pizza pan .
This only works with the heavy duty deep dish style pizza pans and some times cake pans that have the rolled edge like the pan here. You should be able to find a pan like this at the local restaurant supply store. This is also a very useful tool to take pans on and off open fire cooking when camping .. any way ..

get a good hold of you pan and with a flat large spatula loosen the the pizza from the pan by sliding the spatula between the the pizza and the pan going all the way around the pan .

then use the spatula to guide the pizza out of the pan and the pliers to pull the pan out from under the pizza .

let the pizza sit 3 to 5 minutes before cutting .
isn't that a lovely little crust??

waiting that 3 to 5 minutes for the cheese to set is the hard part...

Time to cut
Sorry guess i shouldn't tal.. um, type with my hands full hu??


Bountiful blessings
Ma Fey


  1. Wow...all I can say is...Yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Wow...all I can say is...Yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. That pizza looks wicked good, I love that pan! I have to see if there's a restaurant supply store around here.

  4. That vermicelli sounds amazing!

  5. I don't know who found who but I'm glad we did. I am a sculptor. That is my love and my work but Food and cooking is my passion! I love your blog. The pizza looks great.

    BTW, I see many other interesting blogs you follow that I must check up on.