When it comes to traveling, one of the most exciting experiences is discovering new and delicious dishes. Taking notes of these culinary gems allows us to recreate these flavors in the comfort of our own homes.
Today, we’ll embark on a journey to recreate a mouthwatering pizza inspired by the incredible flavors of Regina Pizzeria in Boston. This BBQ pulled pork pizza will undoubtedly become your new favorite. Imagine tender pulled pork, smothered in tangy barbecue sauce, paired with roasted chiles, caramelized onions, and a perfect blend of cheeses. It’s a true slice of pizza heaven.
The Art of Caramelized Onions
Before we delve into the delectable details, let’s start with the foundation of this culinary masterpiece: the caramelized onions. Diced onions, when cooked to perfection, create a sweet and savory base for our pizza. Heat some butter in a pan and toss in the onions. With gentle heat and a sprinkle of salt, these onions will transform into a luscious caramelized delight. It’s astonishing how the pungent bite of raw onions can evolve into a caramelized heaven without any added sugar.
Roasted Chiles: A Burst of Flavor
While the onions work their magic, take the opportunity to roast a few jalapenos under the broiler. As they char and develop beautiful dark spots, the peppers release their vibrant and robust flavors. These roasted chiles will provide a delightful kick to our pizza, balancing the richness of the pork and the sweetness of the onions.
Unveiling the Ingredients
As the aromas dance in the kitchen, gather the remaining ingredients: the star of the show, our leftover pulled pork, your favorite BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, and the elusive smoked mozzarella. Though smoked mozzarella might require some diligent searching, I assure you, it’s worth the effort. This cheese adds a remarkable smoky depth to our pizza, elevating it to new heights.
By the way, have you ever tried making pulled pork in an Instant Pot? It’s incredibly easy—almost alarmingly so. If you’re in need of a foolproof recipe, check out my site for an Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe that will revolutionize your cooking routine.
Assembling the Perfect Pizza
Spread out your pizza dough, ensuring a slightly thicker crust to withstand the flavorful ingredients. To avoid a sad, soggy crust, we need some sturdiness. If you’re in need of a homemade pizza crust recipe, my friend Ree has an exceptional one; check out “My Favorite Pizza.” Additionally, Erica’s post on “12 Best Tips for Homemade Pizza” will elevate your pizza game even further.
Pro tip: For a crispier crust, consider pre-baking it before adding the toppings.
Now, here comes the fun part. Instead of the traditional tomato-based sauce, we’ll generously slather our pizza dough with delicious BBQ sauce. The tang and sweetness of the sauce will perfectly complement the smoky pulled pork, fiery jalapenos, and caramelized onions.
No pizza is complete without the perfect blend of cheese. For ultimate indulgence, combine half pepper jack cheese and half smoked mozzarella. This melty, cheesy paradise will elevate every bite.
Once assembled, follow Erica’s advice on baking your pizza to perfection. If you have a pizza stone, place the parchment-lined pizza on it and let the oven work its magic at a scorching 450-500ºF. If you don’t have a pizza stone, improvise with two large inverted rimmed baking sheets. Just be mindful that the size of your pizza matches the dimensions of your baking sheet. We wouldn’t want any toppings to go astray!
And voila! Behold the beauty of your culinary creation. The golden crust, the bubbling cheese, and the enticing aroma will surely make your taste buds dance with joy.
If you’re a BBQ pork enthusiast, this pizza will undoubtedly fulfill your wildest culinary dreams. However, if you prefer options beyond pork, fear not. This pizza is versatile enough to accommodate BBQ chicken or BBQ beef, catering to your personal preferences.
For those who prefer to avoid carbs or follow a keto diet, I have an exciting alternative: the BBQ Pulled Pork Spaghetti Squash Bake. This grain-free, low-carb casserole encapsulates all the flavors of the pizza in a satisfying and healthy dish. My husband and I have been enjoying it all week!
Embark on this culinary adventure and bring the flavors of Regina Pizzeria right into your own kitchen. With each bite, you’ll be transported to a realm of smoky barbecue bliss.
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