Got home for lunch. Hungry. Want something fast. What have we got?
I suspect most traditional foods came about this way. Given what I’ve got, what can I do with it? My mix was just a bit more eclectic. So it’s what has been called “Fusion”, but now must be “Cultural Appropriation Cuisine” /snark;
I had some Trader Joe’s Naan Bread. I’ve made pizza on it before… but no pizza sauce in hand. What’s close in the fridge? No Filipino banana sauce… it’s interesting though hot. Hmmm… “Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce”? Yup. That creation of the fusion of Caribbean meat preservation, African spice preferences, and European meat choices.
So Indian base bread, ‘Merican BBQ sauce. Cheese? Bag-O-Mexican Mix cheese! Mexican topper then. What else?
Meats? Well, there’s a package of “Turkey Bacon”… I also have some Real Bacon ™ in the freezer, but this ought to get used up. It is also very low fat, so won’t render lard all over the toppings.
One layer of cheese and a diced up slice of Turkey Bacon later, it goes in a small metal baking pan and into the oven. 425 F for 8 to 9 minutes.
First taste? Oh That’s a YUM! for sure… It did want for just a little salt and pepper, so suit your preferences. It is relatively sweet as is, putting on some salt and pepper completes the Thai flavor profiles. Sweet & sour (BBQ sauce), salty, hotness and “ummami” from the cheeses and meat.
And with that, I’m going to go make another one! Turns out this one is all gone already…
I’m guessing it would benefit from more variety of meats, and from some bits of onions and garlic (though I think the Naan has some garlic in it… I’ll need to check.) Chicken would go well, as would turkey leftovers. Adding mushrooms, tomato bits, other vegetables likely would be nice too.
For me, I’ve just discovered a new experience in BBQ Naan Pizza.
Cultural Appropriation? Man that is a feature of America I can really appreciate right now.
But ATM, I’m out of Mexican Mix cheese, so the next one will have some other culture for the cheese. Mix & Match cultures? IMO, it is GREAT!
One made with Monterrey Jack cheese was rather mild. It really benefited from salt and pepper plus a little garlic. In looking over the Mexican Cheese Blend, I noticed it, too, is a Cultural Appropriation Food. It contains Cheddar as one of the 4 cheese. So a little bit of the UK is in this dish too!
To stretch things perhaps too far: I vaguely remember that the early Turkey Bacon was either developed specifically for, or promoted for, the Jewish Community. So this particular pizza has a bit of Jewish influence in it ;-) (Though I’m pretty sure dairy with meat of any kind is a no-no…)