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Pizza Cutter Reivew and BBQ Chicken / Pizza Recipe


*Note: I received this Pizza Cutter at a heavy discount in exchange for an honest review with my own personal opinions.

I just tried out this Tip n Toss Pizza Cutter (and beyond!) for the first time tonight, and it works like a charm! For those who know me, you know I make homemade pizza all the time. For years, I had this old jenky pizza cutter I had gotten from a garage sale for about $.50 just prior to getting my first apartment. Needless to say, it never worked great. Years later, I decided to "upgrade" to a newer pizza wheel, only to discover that it really didn't work that great, either. It was sharper and cut better, but not great. Plus, with my Rheumatoid Disease and LAWs (little arthritic wrists), I always had a hard time cutting through the pizza crust. Not to mention that the toppings would slide everywhere and I'd be left with a mess of cheese and whatnot that I had to try to place back on the proper piece. None of those things are problems with the TipNToss Pizza Cutter! I am happy to report that this pizza cutter actually works - just a few times rocking it back and forth (making sure to press down on the edge of the crust -- my thin crust tends to get pretty crispy) and it cuts all the way through without messing up the toppings. And, it was easy on my wrists! Bonus! It's nice to find a rheum-friendly kitchen utensil. The handle is easy to grasp, and being a two-handed device makes it that much simpler for the fragile-jointed. This thing will definitely be getting a lot of use, and I'll be trying it out to chop veggies and herbs, as well.


Tonight I made a thin crust Chicken BBQ Pizza to test out this cutter. You can see below, it's really the perfect size for the pizzas that I make. It also fits perfectly in my knife drawer -- or you can hang with with a hook through the little hole on one side.


Just rock back and forth a few times and you get a nice clean cut. I've never sliced up a pizza so quickly in my life! And now I might not have to get Tom's help every time I go to serve up pizza.

Voila!
This Pizza Cutter retails for $35.75 on Amazon, but it's on sale right now for $15.55 -- which seems like a great deal for something that's both functional and nice looking!

Now, I am going to give you the recipe for the pizza I made tonight, but before that, we have to go back another day to Friday night's dinner. Friday I decided to do dinner mostly in the Crock Pot. I have an overload of chicken due to my double bulk purchase of fresh chicken breast through Zaycon Fresh. It is good chicken, but my stockpile will be lasting us for a loong time!  To use some up, I wanted to make pulled chicken barbecue sandwiches for dinner.  I had some leftover bread dough in my fridge, so I made that up with a little salt and pepper and garlic on the crust - yum! After looking at a few recipes, I decided to make up my own based on ingredients on hand.  Here it is for your cooking and eating pleasure.

Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwich

easy slow cooker crock pot chicken bbq sandwiches with bourbon and apricot preserves

Ingredients:
  • 1 - 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (use whatever is your favorite - I usually like KC Masterpiece Original, but had a smoked variety this time around)
  • Garlic and pepper to taste
  • White cheddar cheese
Directions:
Simply place all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours (mine cooked for about 10 hours because I was at work all-day, and it was definitely a little overcooked, but still tasted good). Shred chicken apart with a fork and mix in extra BBQ sauce, if desired. Serve on your bread or bun of choice -- mine was a salt & pepper crusty boule. We each ended up with like half a loaf of bread, but it was good! For some extra deliciousness, take your bun bottoms or half your bread slices and top with a few slices of white cheddar cheese. Toast in the oven at 400 degrees until cheese is melted. The cheese goes great with the barbecue and adds some extra interest to the sandwich (extra interest that isn't cole slaw!). This could make for a really easy mid-week dinner. I just served it with some cut up apple slices and all of the flavors paired well together.  You could make quite a few sandwiches with that. I had a bunch of meat leftover, which led me to tonight's dinner...

BBQ Chicken Pizza

homemade barbecue bbq chicken thin crust pizza with shredded chicken, onion, green pepper and cilantro

Ingredients:
  • Leftover shredded BBQ Chicken (recipe above)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 small green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • A handful of fresh cilantro
  • Extra BBQ sauce to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and garlic
Instructions:

Make pizza according to my directions here. After the dough is rolled out, spread some olive oil out over the top. Sprinkle the edges with salt and garlic. Spread BBQ sauce over top of pizza and top with green pepper, red onion and shredded chicken. Per my original directions, do not put cheese on the pizza until the final 3 minutes of baking. Once out of the oven, sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Then, of course, slice it up with your new TipNToss pizza cutter!

Fresh out of the oven!



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Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!

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