Friday, January 7, 2011

Mango Chutney Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods ever.  I've loved it since I was a kid and we'd get takeout pizza from our local pizza parlor.  I was introduced to Hawaiian pizza at an early age.  I loved the sweet pineapple combined with the savory Canadian bacon and requested it often.

Fast forward a few years to my newfound obsession with The Next Food Network Star.  My mom got me hooked on this show because she has the Food Network playing on the TV in the background pretty much all day.

While watching the last season, I was rooting for Aarti Sequeira all along.  She is someone I'd want to be friends with: bubbly, down-to-earth, and just all around adorable.  I loved her approach to cooking: making Indian food accessible to everyone because let's face it, garam masala and palak paneer aren't exactly in most people's vocabularies growing up.  

Aarti demonstrated a delicious Indian pizza twist in one of the last episodes before the big finale.  As soon as I saw it I wanted to make it.  Of course, when I got around to it I didn't quite have everything she used.  One of the things I love about cooking is the ability to put your own spin on recipes, so that's what I did here.  I used what I had and it turned out great!

Here we go.  I used Trader Joe's Tandoori Naan, Trader Joe's Mango Chutney, fresh diced pineapple, Feta cheese, barbecue sauce, fresh cilantro, and leftover cooked shredded chicken.  Too easy!

Preheat your oven and spread out your frozen naan on a cookie sheet.  Bake it in the oven according to package directions to warm it up a bit.  Get your toppings ready!

Spread on the barbecue sauce, not quite to the edges.

Top with your chicken.

Add the cheese, please!

Add your pineapple, spoonfuls of chutney, and cilantro.  I'm getting hungry :)

Bake until everything is heated through.  Enjoy!

This pizza was fantastic.  It was so easy to make and came together in less than 15 minutes.  Hubby loved it too.  The flavors really work and it's such a unique twist on pizza.  I'll definitely be making this again!

Mango Chutney Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza
inspired by Aarti's recipe


  • 1 package Trader Joe's frozen naan (Tandoori or garlic, your choice)
  • 1 bottle Trader Joe's Mango Chutney
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups cooked shredded chicken (I had leftover chicken cooked in my slow cooker)
  • lots of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup diced fresh or canned pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • crushed red pepper
  • Preheat your oven according to naan package directions.  Pre-bake your naan.
  • Top each piece of naan with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, or as much as you like.  Leave some space at the edges.
  • Top with chicken, pineapple, cheese, chutney, and cilantro - however much you like!
  • Shake crushed red pepper over the top if desired.
  • Bake naan for about 5 minutes or until toppings have heated through.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Pizza on FoodistaPizza

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Garlic Gold Twice-Baked Potatoes and a Giveaway!

I love garlic.  I used to relish eating it when I was younger because I thought it would keep the vampires away.  Har har.  Never mind that it stinks up your breath - it tastes delicious :)

You can imagine my excitement when Garlic Gold offered to send me some "samples" in the mail in exchange for reviewing and posting their products on my OpenSky site.  Garlic Gold offers certified organic, handmade, sustainable products and everything is grown on their ranch in California.  Hooray for responsible production! :) 

Anywho, I certainly wasn't expecting this monster package in the mail.  I even had to sign for it with the UPS guy - that's when you know there's goodies inside :)

Complete with a letter from the oh-so-nice Kathy at Garlic Gold (thanks Kathy for hooking me up!).

Yowsa!  Check out all these nuggets!

Mmm, vinaigrette and olive oil.

The original!

Since I had a plethora of potatoes (and apparently adore alliteration in my blog posts) lying around, I looked up a recipe on Garlic Gold's website for inspiration.  They have a great assortment of recipes using their products, and when I found this one I couldn't resist.  Cheesy, gooey potatoes with loads of garlic flavor?  Sign me up!

Here's what I used - my only substitution in the recipe was Greek yogurt for sour cream.  It turned out a-ok :)

First up: rub-a-dub-dub Mr. Tater in an olive oil bath.

Oooh, shiny.

Poke your taters all over with a fork, then bake in the oven until they're nice and wrinkly.

Sauté your chopped onions...

And after the taters have cooled a bit, slice them open lengthwise.

Scoop out the insides.

Mash those innards up!

Add your toppings and mash mash mash!

Mash in the onions.

Don't forget the nuggets!

Fill your potato skins with the mixture and top with salt and pepper.  Bake until the tops are nice and crispy.

Et voila!  Gooey goodness.

Please refrain from licking your computer screen.  These potatoes were the stuff dreams are made of: warm, gooey, cheesy, and just enough garlic flavor.  I love how the potato skins and the top of the mixture got super crunchy too.  Hubby loved 'em, too, so this is a winner-winner-yummy-dinner in my book :)

And now, the giveaway you've been waiting for!

I couldn't possibly use all those samples by myself, so one random lucky winner will receive a bottle of Garlic Gold Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and a container of Garlic Gold Nuggets.

Here's how to enter.  You have up to 4 chances:
1) Follow me on Twitter (I know it's not my blog title, but it's been my username forever so I'm sticking to it.  K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple, Stupid! :) ).  Leave a comment with your Tweet letting me know you did so.
2) Tweet this giveaway using the following post: "Enter Jammin' in the Kitchen's @GarlicGold Giveaway @goofyfrito".  Leave a comment saying you did so.
3) Subscribe to my blog via RSS (copy and paste the link into your RSS feeder).  Leave a comment saying you did so.
4) Comment saying which Garlic Gold recipe you'd use with the products you receive.

The giveaway ends Wednesday, January 12th at midnight (PST) and is only open to U.S. residents.  Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge from Garlic Gold and was not compensated for this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...