King James Pizza

A spicy one.

This pizza tells a special story. The loads of fresh banana peppers, jalapeno, and hot hatch chile peppers are an homage to back when our son was just a little peanut in the womb.

We’ve always enjoyed some spicy food, but to our surprise, so did our little one. When Kristin was pregnant, spicy food was a consistent craving. And some of our earliest memories of James were watching him kick her belly in delight – or maybe fright – at the amount of spicy food Kristin was eating at the time.

One of the best parts of parenthood is watching your child experience their first foods. We hope that our little guy has a adventurous palate, and maybe one day, can enjoy this pizza named in his honor.


  • Prep: ~10 minutes
  • Cooking:~ 15 minutes
  • Yields: 2-3 servings

Grocery List

  • ~ 1 pound of pizza dough
  • ~1-2 Green or red hatch peppers, stemmed seeded and diced
  • 2 fresh banana peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of sliced jalapeno
  • ~ 1/2  cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/2 cup of shaved parmesan
  • 3-4 slices of spicy soppressata, thinly sliced into strips
  • 3-4 slices of deli-style spicy chorizo, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp roasted garlic spread
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of julienne cut sun dried tomatoes
  • ~1/2 cup of spicy Arrabiata style sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste

What you’ll do

  • Preheat the oven to 450.
  • In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Then toss in peppers, garlic, and garlic paste. Sauté for about 10 minutes, until peppers are soft.
  • On clean, floured surface, toss your dough and spread as thin as you like your crust to be.
  • In a bowl, whisk together arbarraita sauce and ricotta. Spread evenly over the pizza crust.
  • Then sprinkle on the peppers and garlic.
  • Next, add on the parmesan and mozzarella, finishing it off with the strips of soppressata, chorizo, and sun dried tomatoes.
  • Top with a hearty helping of red pepper flakes and crumbled queso fresco cheese.
  • Place the pizza dough on a pizza stone or pan, and bake for about 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven top and let cool before slicing. Serve and enjoy!