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Lemony Snicken Pizza: YYC Pizza Week

The Lemony Snicken Pizza is our imaginative and offbeat creation for Food Bloggers Pizza Challenge during the 4th Annual YYC Pizza Week. (Scroll down for Recipe.)

VOTE for the Lemony Snicken Pizza at YYC Pizza Week website from September 22- October 1st! 

Lemony Snicken Pizza

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This extremely audacious pizza pays tribute to A Very Bad Thing.

Our family loves the dark humour and sharp wit of A Series of Unfortunate Events series. In fact, we loved both the books and original Netflix series so much, we named this pizza after it!

Like the series, the Lemony Snicken Pizza is imaginative and offbeat. So Delicious and Fresh!

Though the Snicken could certainly be considered a bit cheeky by some, ‘Fresh’ here refers to food recently made or obtained rather than the additional meaning of presumptuous or impudent toward someone.  

The Lemony Snicken Pizza has big pans to fill! And by ‘Pans to Fill‘, I do not literally mean that one should cook the pizza in large cooking trays. I am referencing the common English phrase of ‘filling someone’s shoes‘ to mean doing the job that they used to do. You use this expression when the first person did a good job. It means that it’s going to be hard for you to do the job as well as they did it. If that person was really good at their job, you might say that you have some “big shoes to fill.” In this instance, I replace ‘pans‘ for ‘boots‘ to reference the phrase and the need to meet high expectations about something that came before. 

Specifically, our Lemony Snicken has medium size loafers to step into because our Italiano Pizza Pentola won second place during YYC Pizza Week last year!

Help us defend the title of second best: Click HERE to vote!

Click on link to find out why I am using language like this plus learn more about the series and our Lemony Love in Netflix offers More of a Very Bad Thing #Netflix #StreamTeam

YYC Pizza Week

YYC Pizza Week is a 10-day event with partial proceeds of each pizza sold going to a local charity. From Friday, September 22 – Sunday, October 1 2017, there are over 44 pizza or pizza varieties to try! The public can visit various YYC Pizza Week Restaurants around town, buy a Thick, Thin or Gluten Free pizza for $20 with $3 of every pizza going back to Calgary Meals on Wheels.

Calgarians can also win prizes when they pick up a passport at a participating restaurant and get it stamped every time they eat a YYC Pizza Week creation like the Unique Pizzadilla from Blanco Cantina, the Mediterranean Chicken Pizza by 1410 World Bier Haus, or the Gluten Free Tuna Poke from The Still Fine Spirits & Edibles.

Blogger Challenge

Participating bloggers and influencers create a pizza (sweet, savory, unique, gluten free, cauliflower crust, etc.) using 2 of 4 MYSTERY ingredients. This year’s mystery ingredients were revealed on Saturday, September 17th and found at local sponsor The Italian Store.

Challengers must use at least 2 of the 4 mystery ingredients plus any additional ingredients chosen. There was no doubt which two ingredients would be used in our creation but not all are appropriate to our family’s clean eating type diet. 

Mystery Ingredients:

1. Nduja (Spreadable pork salami, very popular on pizzas in Italy). 
2. Tuscan antipasti from deli
3. Scarpone’s Marinated Artichoke hearts
4. Feta or Goat cheese

Can you guess which two we used? And which was a No-No for Clean Eating?

Eating Clean and cutting out food additives definitely crosses the first ingredient off our list. Deli meats tend to be high in preservatives including sulphites – which is a huge trigger for one of my littles. 

Defending the Title

Prizes are awarded to 1st place, 2nd place, and most unique! Winners are based on total online votes and announced at the YYC Pizza Wrap Party.

Did I happen to mention we won a prize in the Blogger Challenge last year? Almost First Prize included so many fun goodies such as a cookbook and cutting board from Food Bloggers of Canada; an Oil and Vinegar set, Panatonne, and shopping bag from The Italian Store; and a handful of gift cards from YYC Pizza Week. Thank You, Thank You.

So, here is the link again to VOTE! Because, prizes.

Print Recipe
Lemony Snicken Pizza
The Lemony Snicken Pizza: Lemon Pesto and thin slices of crisp, autumn Apples provide the perfect savoury and sweet base for layering thick strips of grilled Honeyed Lemon Chicken, marinated Artichoke hearts, and generous crumbles of Crisp Bacon. Topped with fresh Goat, Mozzarella, and Provolone cheeses, the Snicken is then baked until crust is golden and cheese is bubbling. Fresh Basil, Arugula, sliced Roma tomatoes, more thin slices of fresh Apples, and crumbled Goat Cheese are piled high and promptly served with lemon wedges and honey to drizzle at will. 
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Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
Honeyed Lemon Chicken marinade
Pizza Base
Pizza Toppings
Fresh Pizza Toppings
Garnish/Serve
  • Honey To Drizzle
  • Lemon Serve w/ Wedges or Garnish w/ Thin Slices
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
Honeyed Lemon Chicken marinade
Pizza Base
Pizza Toppings
Fresh Pizza Toppings
Garnish/Serve
  • Honey To Drizzle
  • Lemon Serve w/ Wedges or Garnish w/ Thin Slices
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Instructions
  1. Gather your Series of Fortunate Ingredients.
  2. Marinate and Grill the Chicken. Do this ahead if you can or use leftovers. Put all marinade ingredients in large Freezer Baggie* to marinade. Put In the fridge and flip bag occasionally to disperse flavours. Time? For as long as you can after you decide this is what you're having for dinner. Example: "WTH are we going to have for dinner? We've got that chicken in the fridge that we can use...!?" is possibly the shortest amount of time so you may be best to brush the ingredients on instead. Without judgement - I get it! Meal planning and getting ahead is hard for all of us. (NeuroDiverse families have their own special intensity to witching hour.) Just sayin' the chicken will not have the same yummy blend of flavours as meat that has been marinating in the fridge for most of the day. Grill it and cut into thick slices to add to pizza. (*Yes! You CAN indeed use these useful bags for food too! They are not just used to store ALL.THE.THINGS!)
  3. Prepare Pizza Crust. It was nice to have a fresh homemade crust for this special pizza but on any given day, your favourite pizza crust will work perfectly whether it is homemade, fresh, or frozen. We baked a Gluten Free crust from a Bob Mills mix. I like to keep the mix on hand for when we have time but we often have frozen GF pizza crusts in our freezer too. Many stores like The Italian Store sell fresh Pizza dough if GF is not a requirement.
  4. Put on Pizza Sauce. We simply used a jar of Lemon Pesto I purchased (they had frozen homemade fresh pesto too!) and it was awesome. Slather on to taste.
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  5. Layer ingredients. Layer so that all the people get to taste all the things. Or don't. Maybe your kids doesn't like Bacon so you only put it on half the pizza. It's unlikely they don't like Bacon but you get the idea. Layer how you like but try to use the cheese to make all the things stick together.
  6. Bake it. Bake until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden. 20 minutes is about right but we like lots of cheese!
  7. Add Fresh Toppings. We prepared the fresh ingredients as the pizza was baking. Toss thinly sliced apples in lemon juice to add to the lemony, fresh flavour and to keep from browning. Idea: Leave fresh ingredients on the side so that everyone can top their own pizza to taste. Or not to taste. That is the...
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  8. Enjoy!
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Recipe Notes

"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like." Lemony Snicket 

Good thing you can also enjoy YYC Pizza Week and create The Lemony Snicken Pizza using a recipe rather than to only visit local Calgary restaurants. Also, this Pizza is like Fate only in the conceptual way that a recipe is an idea of food before it is actually prepared and becomes food. Once you make this pizza it is in no way like Fate and thereby a strange restaurant.

Enjoy!

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