Saturday, April 25, 2009

Smoked Salmon Pizza



I couldn’t decide if pesto cream sauce, or garlic cream sauce, was better on this pizza. So, I’ve included both recipes so you can decide. Then again, you can always make two smoked salmon pizzas so you don’t have to choose.

Choose one sauce:

Pesto Cream Sauce
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4th teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/8th teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 Tablespoons prepared pesto
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Reggiano

Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium low heat. Stir constantly until thickened.

Garlic Cream Sauce
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/8th teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/8th teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/4th cup Parmesan Reggiano

In a saucepan melt the butter and olive oil together over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Turn the heat to medium low and add the rest of the ingredients, but add the cheese last so it doesn’t hit the hot pan and seize up. Stir constantly until thickened.

Pizza
Coarse cornmeal for pizza pan
1 (12 inch) pizza crust brushed with olive oil (See notes below)
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup shredded gruyere cheese
1 to 1 ½ cups smoked salmon
1 cup chopped leeks, separated into rings (see notes for cleaning)
1/4th cup shredded Parmesan Reggiano cheese
Dried red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
Sprinkle of garlic onion powder, coarse salt & fresh cracked pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1. Heat up the grill to hot and close the lid.

2. Meanwhile brush a 12 inch pizza pan lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Stretch and roll the dough and place on the pan. Brush lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle dough with a pinch of onion powder and dried pepper flakes.

3. Spoon the cream sauce around the dough, top with mozzarella and gruyere. Top with the leeks, smoked salmon, Parmesan Reggiano and a pinch of coarse salt and fresh crack pepper. Drizzle the pizza with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.

4. Set on the grill and close the lid. Turn grill to medium high and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until done. Turn to medium for a thicker crust pizza and cook longer. Remove onto a cookie sheet with tongs.

5. Cut into wedges and serve.

Notes:
1. See http://www.thecookingphotographer.com/2009/04/lets-talk-dough-pizza-dough.html for information on pizza dough and grilling techniques.

2. If you’ve never cleaned leeks before, there is an instructional video at: http://video.about.com/frenchfood/Cleaning-Fresh-Leeks.htm.

3. Onion slices work well in the place of leeks.

Recipe by Laura Flowers


11 comments:

ButterYum said...

I love smoked salmon with basil! Nice pizza :). Yummy.

Cal Orey, Author said...

Author of The Healing Powers of Olive Oil...gotta say teaming salmon with pizza is a combo I haven't tried but practicing and preaching the traditional Mediterranean diet I'd say this is a thumbs and paws up (my dogs often share, too)...The chocolate book, though, was ER City...

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you ButterYum!

Mary said...

Laura, this is beautiful. Have you though about simply infusing cream with smoked salmon?

The Cooking Photographer said...

No, I haven't, but I love the idea and will try it! Thanks Mary. I love having you around. :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hello Cal Orey. My dog is my kitchen buddy so I appreciate the paws up! Sometimes our food shows his approval in fur, I wonder if dog fur is on the Mediterranean diet lol.

He does help me cut down the calories though!

Coleen's Recipes said...

What an intriguing recipe! Living in Alaska, there is always a lot of smoked salmon around. I never thought of using it on pizza.

wheredidmysaucego said...

I often get a lot of "crazy" ideas to make in the kitchen.. i like to try out new combinations, like this one. Fish pizza was actually written down in my ideas-list!! So now I can show my friends that it's just now me.. ;-). And I will look to you for inspiration, when I make my own. :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Wheredidmysaucego your name made me giggle out loud!

A kitchen is much more fun with crazy people in charge. I hope you try this pie!

Michelle said...

Oh my... this looks delicious, lox is the best!

Esi said...

This pizza looks so good! I love smoked salmon and that cream sauce sounds amazing.

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