Wednesday, August 28, 2013

korean bbq naan pizza


I'm getting back into the swing of the busy days and nights that come with the beginning of a new school year. I still love to cook after a long day, no matter how tired I am. Something about it is so relaxing, and it gets me out of my "teacher mode" for the day. I always feel better if I've cooked dinner, but - real talk - it's the cleaning up of dinner that sometimes has me reaching for the Thai takeout menu.

I'm trying to get it together more this year. A new school year resolution of keeping a clean, organized kitchen so that I can enjoy my cooking more. Cleaning up as I cook, loading the dishes right away, emptying the dishwasher every morning so I'm ready to go later that night.

Don't ask my husband how this is going. I'm working on it, k?

Naan pizzas might be the best weeknight meal ever. They're quick, so easy, and most importantly absolutely delicious. This one, with a Korean BBQ twist, is completely out of this world. Think the most tender short ribs, creamy mozzarella, and a spicy vinaigrette drizzled on top. Dreamy.

It does take a little bit of work, with slow-cooked meat (from this incredible recipe that I adore) and a homemade BBQ sauce. But! since I cooked the meat in my crockpot all day long, it was mostly passive work! I made the BBQ sauce the day before, but if you'd rather, you can find a good Asian BBQ sauce at the grocery store instead. These are trivial matters. The most important thing is that these pizzas are on your dinner table.

Korean BBQ Naan Pizza
makes 4 pizzas

for the pizza, you'll need:
4 naan breads
olive oil, for brushing
6 tablespoons Korean BBQ sauce (If you'd rather buy it, I've tried this one from Whole Foods, and it's great.)
1 lb. shredded Korean beef
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
handful of cilantro, roughly chopped

for the vinaigrette, you'll need:
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons vegetable stock
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, place inside oven to preheat.

Lightly brush naan with olive oil. Once oven is preheated, place breads onto preheated pizza stone or baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Brush each naan with 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce. Divide the beef, mozzarella, onion, and scallions evenly over the 4 pizzas. Return to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.

While the pizzas are baking, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients together and set aside.

Remove pizzas from the oven and serve with a sprinkling of cilantro and a drizzle of the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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34 comments:

  1. Holy moly - these look insanely good! And you gave me a good laugh about the progress of your resolution! : )
    I love the idea of using naan - gotta try. And anything with barbecue sauce, particularly the Korean kind, has to be amazing. You are a real whiz at making pizza, my friend!

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    1. Thanks Monica! :) Naan is a great pizza vehicle... so fast and easy!

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  2. These look amazing! Can I request that if you ever do a cookbook it is all things pizza?

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    1. I would be ALL over that! Thanks Elizabeth!

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  3. Say what sat what!! Gurl Love korean bbq.. This is genius

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  4. These are really beautiful Marie! I love naan, but I've never been able to find it here large enough to make a pizza with it. That is a brilliant idea. Will have to start looking so I can make this. Good luck with all your back to school busyness! Teachers make the world go round! :)

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    1. You're too sweet! Thank you for the encouragement! And I hope you find some good naan to make these, they're delicious!

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  5. I am really liking the flavours in these pizzas!

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  6. I love making naan pizzas! The Korean beef and sauce has to be just incredible tasting!

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    1. Korean BBQ is a new obsession of mine! Thanks Ashley!

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  7. I love pizza of any form, so bring this on! :)

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  8. This is genius and sooooooo easy! You are the woman!! I love the asian-indian fusion here, YUM!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sophia! You're too sweet!

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  9. Korean BBQ on a pizza sounds amazing and very clever Marie. I want a big slice of this for lunch NOW! Great recipe and thanks for sharing.

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I wish I had this again right now too, haha!

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  10. absolutely love this. Using nan for pizza is very creative!

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    1. Thanks, friend! Makes it so quick and easy!

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  11. I'm yet to work out how to clean-as-I-go, so when you figure it out, could you let me in on your secrets? These look so yummy and that beef sounds amazing... great for a weeknight meal.

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    1. Haha, I'll let you know if I crack the code ;) Thanks Jen!

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  12. Oh my gosh, these sound SO good!! I have never heard of Korean BBQ sauce, but it sounds amazing!

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  13. A Korean BBQ pizza, that sounds and looks pretty darn good to me!

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  14. I hear ya! Cooking dinner is fun . . . cleaning it up is not! This pizza is such a great combination of flavors and cuisines!

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  15. Such a scrumptious looking pizza! I love the flavors and the naan base. Brilliant!

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  16. Friend! You are so creative! I love these! It sounds amazing. And kudos to you for working to keep the kitchen cleaner as you cook!

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    1. Haha, well I'm working on it! Thanks, lovely!

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  17. I am definitely in need of super easy recipes right now! This sounds great!

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