Since coming back from Disney World, the husband and I have become a bit Disney obsessed. Hence, how we came up with this new date idea. A date night revolving around a Disney movie, chosen at random, plus a dinner inspired by said movie. (Yep, my husband agreed to that–see, we’re Disney obsessed.) And we thought it was such a fun idea that we decided to make it a monthly installment on the blog. You know, in case you and your honey wanted to have a Disney date but were fresh out of ideas.
To kick things off for our Wonderful World of Disney Dates series, we have Toy Story and our recipe for homemade buffalo chicken pizza. It’s not exactly what you would find at your local Pizza Planet but, boy, is it delicious!
We’re big fans of homemade pizza dough in this house so I used my favorite pizza dough recipe and spiced it up a little with some of my favorite flavors.
Making the dough is pretty simple–the process takes about 8 to 10 minutes and this recipe yields 2 12-inch pizzas or 4 personal size pizzas.
While the dough was rising, Zach grilled the chicken breast with salt and pepper while I made the pizza sauce. You could also use rotisserie chicken but we prefer grilled.
This was our first time making buffalo chicken pizza from scratch and it was a big hit. We made a 16-inch pizza and we had no leftovers by the time the movie was done!
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Pizza Planet might be perfect for the kiddos but date night requires something a little more elevated! This homemade Buffalo Chicken pizza is the perfect complement to your next Toy Story movie night
For Pizza Dough
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 3 cups flour
- cornmeal ((for dusting))
- 4 tbsp ranch dressing
- 4 tbsp buffalo sauce ((we prefer Frank's Red Hot))
- 1 to 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 jar sliced black olives
- red onion, thinly sliced
To Make Crust
Combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Stir and let sit for about 5 minutes until it starts to foam.
Add garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, and oregano to the yeast mixture. Gently incorporate about half (1 1/2 cups) of flour. Add remaining flour a little at a time, incorporating well each time. The dough will be sticky and smooth.
Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth but tacky (about 3 minutes).
Cover the inside of a large mixing bowl with olive oil. Put the dough in the oiled bowl, turn to completely coat dough ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for about 90 minutes. Dough should double in size.
Preheat oven to 450°F, if you have a pizza stone place it in the oven to heat up. Dust your pizza peel with cornmeal (if you don’t have one, try an upside-down cookie sheet).
Roll out one piece of dough to your desired size (cutting the dough in half will yield 2 thin-crust pizzas). Be sure that the size and shape of your dough will fit onto your pizza stone or cooking sheet. Poke holes in the dough using a fork, everywhere except the edge to make the crust.
When your oven is done preheating, dust your pizza stone or sheet with cornmeal. Slide crust off your pizza peel and onto your stone. Bake without toppings or sauce for 3-5 minutes, just until dough is no longer soft.
To Assemble the Pizza
While dough is blind baking, mix together ranch and buffalo sauce in a small bowl. Mix about half of the buffalo sauce mixture with shredded chicken.
Once dough is done, spread the rest of the sauce onto pizza. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese and top with chicken. Sprinkle evenly with black olives and onion slices as desired.
Bake for 9-10 minutes until crust is nicely browned and cheese is bubbly. Drizzle a little buffalo sauce over top of the pizza. Allow pizza to set for a few minutes and serve.
I recently participated in a date night box swap (check out Kailei’s post for more information on the next one) and my lovely new friend Justine from Little Dove sent us the perfect thing to round off our Disney date night. Family Feud: Disney edition!
Zach and I love playing board/card games together so a Disney-themed game is right in our wheelhouse! And–bonus–I made a new blog friend! You can check out the contents of the date box I sent Justine on her blog (hint: you might want to steal these ideas for your next date night!).
I will absolutely be participating in future Date Box Swaps when hubby’s schedule allows!
Next up is Toy Story 2 and boy, do we have a delicious meal planned! I can’t wait to share it with you next month.
In the meantime, if you’re planning a Toy Story viewing party as your next date night or family movie, be sure to download these Toy Story movie tickets.
Have you ever had a Disney themed date night? Which Disney or Pixar movie would you most want to see a date night about?