What are CPK recipes? Take a look here and see how you can make your own versions of California Pizza Kitchen's trademark dishes.
Be sure to also check out our guides to cooking Cheesecake Factory and Red Lobster recipes at home!
Making the Pizza Dough
Before you can whip up all of the tasty California Pizza Kitchen pizzas, you'll first need to learn how to make the pizza dough. First, dissolve one teaspoon of yeast into 1/2 cup of warm water (not hot, just warm, around 110F) and allow the mixture to stand for about 10 minutes. In a separate large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups of bread flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and two teaspoons each of sugar and extra virgin olive oil. Add the yeast mixture and, using either your hands or a spoon, combine the ingredients thoroughly. As you do so, you'll notice that the mixture is becoming a "ball." Knead this ball of dough for about five minutes or so, until it's smooth. Be sure to coat the dough with olive oil before storing it in an airtight container at room temperature for about two hours. Don't refrigerate right off - the dough needs time to rise properly, and room temp is the way to help the process along.If you aren't making your pizza right away, you can store the dough. Remove the container lid, mash the dough down (back into a ball) and then recover and store in the refrigerator. When you are ready to make the pizzas, take the dough out and again, "deflate" it and separate the dough into two equal portions. Now roll each portion into a ball, roll them out and sprinkle with a little flour. Now you're ready to add your toppings - voila! And no, you don't have to roll the dough and toss it into the air - though you could if you wanted to, just for effect.
Sedona White Corn Tortilla Soup
California Pizza Kitchen offers much more than pizza on it's menu. The soups, for example, are scrumptious! To make the restaurant's Sedona white corn tortilla soup, begin by frying 1 1/2 small corn tortillas (cut into one-inch squares) in approximately three tablespoons of olive oil. When the tortilla squares get crisp, add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic, two tablespoons of minced onion and 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced jalapeno peppers (you can add more if you want a spicier taste to your soup). Cook all ingredients for about two minutes, then add about one cup of white corn kernels, 1 1/2 pounds of chopped tomatoes, 1/3 cup of tomato paste, 2 1/2 teaspoons of (ground) cumin, 1/8 teaspoon of ground white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 1/2 cups of water and one quart of chicken stock. Slowly bring the soup to a low boil - this should take about five minutes or so.Next, remove the soup from the heat and puree using a hand-held propeller blade processor. You can do this in batches and, if you don't own a hand-held processor, you can also use a blender. Put the soup back on the heat and then add the remaining corn (about one cup). When you've brought the soup to a low boil again, remove from heat and garnish with two cups of shredded, sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro and some yummy blue corn tortilla chips.
Thai Chicken Pizza
If you're a huge fan of California Pizza Kitchen's yummy Thai chicken pizza, you can definitely whip this one up at home. Begin by combining 3 1/2 tablespoons of (creamy) peanut butter, three tablespoons each of rice vinegar and brewed tea, two tablespoons of soy sauce, two teaspoons each of honey and chili oil and one tablespoon of fresh, minced ginger in a blender and blend until smooth. This will be the marinade for your chicken and the "base" for the pizza.Using 1/2 pound chicken breast, cut the chicken into 1/4-inch strips. Season each strip with a bit of red pepper and salt for zesty flavor. Saute the strips in two tablespoons of olive oil until the chicken is fully cooked (about 7-8 minutes). Dip each of the strips into the peanut sauce marinade and refrigerate. Now, it's time to work with the dough. Spread about 1/4 cup of the peanut sauce over the two (flat) pizza doughs and add 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Now, add the chicken strips over the cheese. Bake for approximately 10 minutes - or until you see the pizza crust bubbling. When it's nice and crispy, remove the pizzas and then sprinkle with a nice topping of shredded carrots and chopped cilantro.
California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad
To make a salad that's very, very similar to California Pizza Kitchen's Thai Crunch salad, you'll need to make two different dressings: lime-cilantro and Thai peanut. But first, here's how to make the actual bulk of the salad: Combine one head of Napa cabbage (cut into 1/4 inch strips), one small head of chopped red cabbage, two large julienned carrots, two bunches of thinly sliced scallions and one large, julienned cucumber in a large mixing bowl. Add approximately one large, chopped bunch of cilantro and two cups of cooked, shelled edamame and toss everything together.
Next, add approximately four (cooked) chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes. To give extra flavor, marinade the chicken in a mixture of six tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of chopped garlic, one tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Grill the chicken, if possible - but if not, bake for 30 minutes at 350F.
To make the lime-cilantro dressing, combine 1/4 of a small red pepper (cut into small pieces), one small bunch of cilantro, one tablespoon and two teaspoons each of honey and white vinegar, one tablespoon and 1 1/2 teaspoons of lime juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons of light corn syrup, 1/2 teaspoons each of Asian sesame oil, kosher salt, two teaspoons of Dijon mustard and 1/4 teaspoons each of minced, fresh ginger and black pepper. To combine, add all the ingredients to a food processor and process until everything is smooth (about 30 seconds, give or take). Slowly add in 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Next, add the mixture to the salad.Finally, you'll want to add a zesty Thai peanut dressing to your Thai crunch salad. Begin by whisking together two tablespoons of peanut butter (creamy), one tablespoon each of honey and rice vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons each of soy sauce and water. Slowly add in one tablespoon of sugar, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Next, add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Note: IF you want a slightly spicier dressing, you can opt to go heavier on the red pepper and/or the cayenne, but be careful not to overdo or you'll overpower your delicious salad! Whisk together all of the ingredients and add one tablespoon of canola oil. When everything is thoroughly combined, add the Thai peanut dressing to your salad and serve! Yum!