tomatoes peppers

portabella pizzas

Our personal Kootenay Spice garden harvest, combined with the plentiful and delicious produce available at the local vendor markets and our local grocer have served us very well this summer!

If you have never tried a portabella mushroom, you are in for a delightful treat! They are flavourful, large mushrooms that are quite filling and meaty. Although we are not (yet) growing our own portabella mushrooms, we were very pleased to have homegrown tomatoes, peppers and chives for this super tasty recipe.

We use our own marinara recipe for the sauce. Prepare the sauce about an hour before the pizza. You can replace with your favourite pizza sauce (tomato paste with a sprinkle of Kootenay Spice Italian Seasoning is a simple, tasty suggestion).

Portabella Pizza ingredients

For these portabella mushroom pizzas (to serve 2) you will need:

2 portabella mushrooms
4 Roma tomatoes
1 small green pepper
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup olives
2 tablespoons chives
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil (separated)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Gently pull the stems off of the mushrooms and coat lightly in oil. Place in a hot, unoiled pan over medium heat for about 2 – 3 minutes per side, until they are starting to soften.

fried portabella shells

Remove from pan and place on an oiled baking sheet.
Tip: line baking sheet with tinfoil for easy cleaning if the cheese melts over.

marinara olives peppers on mushroom

Coat mushrooms with marinara sauce and top with olives and chives, followed by peppers and tomatoes.

tomatoes peppers

cheese on pizza

Top off with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

finished portabella pizza

Remove from oven and let cool before serving. Enjoy!

finished pizza stuffed chicken breast

pizza stuffed chicken breasts

finished pizza stuffed chicken breast

Today we are sharing with you our recipe for pizza stuffed chicken breast. Yes you read that right, pizza stuffed chicken breast! A delicious and different way to prepare your chicken.

You will need:

6 chicken breasts (skinless, boneless)
1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into thin strips
1 prepared Kootenay Spice salami or 1 package sliced pizza meat
1 can tomato paste
Kootenay Spice Italian Seasoning
Toothpicks
½ cup bread crumbs or crushed crackers

pizza stuffed chicken filling

You can also add things like pineapple or olives, but the more stuffing you have, the harder it is to roll and keep everything together.

First of all, you need to pound out the chicken breasts. The easiest way to do this is put the breast between two pieces of saran wrap and pound it out with a blunt, heavy object. We use a rolling pin, but a heavy pan will work too.

pounding chicken

Be careful not to pound the chicken too thin or it will fall apart when you roll everything together.

Preheat your oven to 400˚F.

sauced chicken breast

Once all of the chicken is pounded thin, we can start rolling them up. Spread a thin layer of tomato paste over one of the chicken breasts and sprinkle it with Kootenay Spice Italian Seasoning.

filling chicken roll

Place the cheese, pepper and Salami or pizza meat on the breast. Salami made from Kootenay Spice Salami Cure is ideal for this recipe, however we were fresh out and ended up with store-bought pizza meat instead. Roll the breast so that everything is on the inside of the roll and close with a few toothpicks. If you have lots of stuffing, it is easier to fold the breast in thirds instead of rolling it. Set the rolls aside on a cutting board or cookie sheet, not into your baking dish yet.

Once all of your rolls are done, drizzle on a bit of olive oil and coat in breadcrumbs. We generally coat one side, flip the rolls over and coat the second side. Do not do this step in the same pan you are using to bake the rolls, as the bread crumbs will burn and stick to your pan and be a royal pain for clean up later.

pre cooked pizza stuffed chicken rolls

Once they are breaded you can put the chicken rolls into a large baking pan. Cook for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is melting and the rolls have reached an internal temperature of 165˚F. Let cool and set for a few minutes before serving.

finished pizza stuffed chicken breast

And there you have it, delicious pizza stuffed chicken breasts! Enjoy!