California Pizza Kitchen, known within the food industry as CPK, is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza. The restaurant was started in 1985 by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in Beverly Hills, California. The chain is widely known for its innovative and non traditional pizzas, such as the "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza", BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also serve various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. They have an extensive children's menu for children ages 10 and under which includes a variety of different pizzas, pastas, salad, and chicken.


The chain has over 230 locations in 32 US states and eleven other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls. The company licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas, in 2000.; Nestlé purchased Kraft's pizza lines in 2010.

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Carne Asada Pizza



California Pizza Kitchen Carne Asada Pizza
Copycat Recipe

Makes two 9-inch pizzas

Cilantro Pesto
1/2 cup firmly packed cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon serrano peppers
1 1/2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 teaspoon raw minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
salt to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup olive oil

Carne Asada Marinade
1/4 ounce chopped cilantro
3 ounces lime juice
1 ounce olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

Salsa
2 to 3 firm, red ripe Roma (plum) tomatoes
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon minced serrano peppers
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste


Carne Asada Beef
1 pound raw beef (skirt steak)
carne asada marinade

For the pizza
1 recipe California Pizza Kitchen Basic Pizza Dough
Cornmeal, semolina or flour for handling
1 tablespoon cilantro pesto
1 cup Monterey jack cheese
20 to 25 half rings sweet white onion
1 recipe sliced Carne Asada Beef
1/2 cup canned Ortega brand chiles, cut into 1/4-inch strips, well drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

To make Carne Asada Marinade:  Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside in the refrigerator for use with Carne Asada.


To make the Salsa:  Dice tomatoes into 1/2 cubes. Combine salsa ingredients and set aside in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place the salsa in a strainer to remove excess water. Set aside in the refrigerator.

To make the Pesto:  Blend all the ingredients in a food processor for about 2 minutes until smooth. Set aside in the refrigerator.

To make the Carne Asada: Prepare a hot grill. Combine Carne Asada marinade with the raw beef and keep under refrigeration for one hour.Grill the beef for 4 to 4 minutes per side. When done. remove from grill and chill thoroughly. Slice beef into 1/4 inch thick strips. Set aside in the refrigerator.

To make the Pizza: Place the pizza stone in the center of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees F, for one hour before cooking the pizzas. Use a large spoon to spread 1 tablespoon of cilantro pesto evenly over the surface of the prepared dough within the rim. Cover the sauced area with half the Jack cheese. Distribute half of the onions over the cheese. Distribute half of the sliced Carne Asada beef followed by half of the chilies.
Transfer the pizza to the oven. Bake until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese in the center is bubbly, 9 to 10 minutes.When cooked through, carefully remove the pizza from the oven. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro over the hot, cheesy surface. Slice and serve.


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