Did I ever tell you guys that once upon a time I worked at California Pizza Kitchen? And, when I say “at”, I mean at an OG location where they would concoct new pizzas — I mean, NBD, but I was there the first time they played around with the Thai Chicken Pizza. I know, try not to be jealous.
And even though I had to wear a bulky dress shirt and dorky tie to work everyday (none of which was helping my 17-year old self get a date), I loved it. I loved helping the kitchen make the staff meal (it was usually migas or chilaquiles FTR) every morning. I loved constantly monitoring the pizza dough as it rose. And I loved when I got to weigh in on the new pizza experiments (even if they had already been decided on by the higher ups). If I were still there I imagine I would try to sell them on this Chicken, Balsamic, Blue Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Flatbread because it’s worthy of CPK fame.
Since I’m no longer wearing my bistro apron and black tie and CPK name tag, I figured I’d share this with you instead. Yes, it takes a few minutes to throw together but it’s more than worth it. I planned on making it for dinner last night, but it never got beyond the photo session as we snacked on every last piece. So, you could totally make it for this weekend’s Super Bowl but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t last that long.