Once a week, we do a clean out the fridge night. It’s never the most popular night of the week and it can be quite boring.8 soggy sweet potato tots, 3/4 a serving of pasta that’s never as good on night 3 as it was on night 1, and half a dry chicken breast… It usually involves wrapping less desirable tidbits from the last 3-4 nights in a tortilla.
Honestly, it’s not my favorite.
So rather than having pulled pork sandwiches with the last 1/2 cup of cherry barbecue sauce, we reimagined the sandwich as pizza and added goat cheese. Because goat cheese is pretty much the universal “you complete me” ingredient.
The sweet barbecue sauce and tangy goat cheese make for a very unboring leftover night – and no one in this house ever complains about pizza night!
Pulled Pork Pizza with Cherry Barbecue Sauce
A pizza topped with leftover pulled pork, sweet cherry barbecue sauce, and tangy goat cheese.
- 1 lb of your favorite pizza dough (or mine), ready to stretch and bake
- Olive oil, for brushing
- ~1/2 cup cherry barbecue sauce
- ~1 cup leftover shredded pulled pork
- 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
- Thinly sliced red onion
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- Coarse cornmeal, for dusting surface and peel
- Flour, for dusting dough
- Place a pizza stone in the top 1/3 of your oven and heat your oven to 550 (500 if your oven doesn't go that high), letting it hold at temperature for at least 30 minutes. (If you're not using a pizza stone, just have your baking sheet nearby.)
- Dust a pizza peel or your baking sheet with a couple of generous pinches of cornmeal.
- Lightly flour the top of your dough and then gently stretch or roll the pizza dough in to a 12-14 inch round or divide into 3 portions and stretch for individual-sized pizzas.
- Brush a ~1-inch border of olive oil around the edge of the pizza dough.
- Spread the barbecue sauce over the crust.
- Sprinkle the dough with pulled pork, followed by goat cheese, and red onions.
- Transfer your pizza from the pizza peel to baking stone (or place your baking sheet in the oven).
- Bake for 7-9 minutes for a single large pizza (5-7 for individual pizzas), until the dough is blistered, the edges are golden brown and crispy, and the cheese starts to brown.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle with the cilantro, slice, and serve.
Yields: 1 large pizza or 3 individual pizzas
Estimated time: 1 hour 15 minutes