Date Night Recipe

In addition to planning weddings, we love to cook here at Kelly McVeigh Events. We especially love when we cook together with our partners and then enjoy the meal together. For those of you who are intimidated by the mere sight of an oven (and even those of you who are rather experienced in the kitchen), here is one of our favorite date night recipes you can cook at home.

Cast Iron Pizza


Enough dough for one pizza. You can usually find raw pizza dough at your local grocery store, or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you might try making your own. We like this recipe from Martha Stewart.

 Kelly's special BBQ rub

Kelly's special BBQ rub

One chicken breast

Caramelized onions - we usually caramelize half of a red onion, but you can adjust the amount to your liking

Kelly’s special BBQ rub - 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp each cinnamon, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, (again, you can adjust the amounts here based on your tastes), salt and pepper to taste

¼ pound shredded mozzarella - the Whole Foods where we shop sells local, smoked mozzarella that is beyond delicious


 All the toppings ready to go

All the toppings ready to go

  1. Combine Kelly’s special BBQ rub and put in a large resealable bag. Drop your chicken breast in the bag, seal it, and shake. The goal is to completely cover the chicken breast in the rub. Store in the fridge for at least an hour, up to overnight.
  2. If you are making your own pizza dough, now is a good time to do it in order to allow plenty of time for rising.
  3. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees fahrenheit.
  4. Once the chicken has spent enough time in the fridge, grill it until it is cooked through and juices run clear. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes, and then chop into bite-sized cubes.
  5. Heat your cast iron pan up on the stove over medium-high heat. Brush or rub with olive oil, even if it is pre-seasoned, to make sure the dough doesn’t stick. Be careful not to use too much oil here - you don’t want to fry the dough.
  6. Roll out your dough so that it fits the bottom and sides of your pan.
  7. Once the pan is hot, but before the oil starts smoking, lay out your dough over your pan and push into the sides. Be careful - your pan is going to be HOT!
  8. When the dough starts to bubble, add your toppings. We like to put chicken on first, then onions, then cheese. We finish with a drizzle of BBQ sauce.
  9. Once you have put all the toppings on your pizza, pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble. Remember, the handles of your pan are going to be scorching hot, so do not grab with your bare hands.
  10. Let your pizza rest for a few minutes before cutting and serving.
 Our finished product. It was even more delicious than it looks!

Our finished product. It was even more delicious than it looks!

We can’t wait to see your creations! Tag us (@KellyMcVeighEvents) to show us your masterpieces.


The KME Team