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SANDRA'S SMOKED SALMON PIZZA - HOMEMADE

This was created due to left-over 
smoked salmon and pizza dough
 I had on hand, and it 

turned out quite fabulous!
Servings: (6 to 8)
Prep: 15 mins. |
Rising time: 1 hr. 10 mins. | Cooking/Baking: 37 mins. total

Posted by Sandra

INGREDIENTS:

***Dough:
1-1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 1 packet)
3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more in other steps
1/2 teaspoon cornmeal, for dusting pizza pan

***Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove of garlic, minced
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 (4 oz. pkg.) cream cheese
Freshly ground pepper to taste

***Toppings:
1 sm. jar pesto sauce
2 green onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons capers
1 (14.5 oz.) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
--1 cup jarred smoked salmon strips, flaked (added at last 5 minutes of baking)

--Garnish:
1 tablespoon roughly chopped basil

METHOD:

***Prepare the dough:
In the bowl of standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes until yeast blooms. Add flour, kosher salt, and olive oil. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes, just until the dough is smooth elastic. Spray a medium-size bowl with oil, and place the ball of dough in it, rubbing it around in oil, and then flip over and cover with a clean towel. Place bowl of dough in a warm place until it has doubled in volume, about 1 hr. Punch the dough down, and place on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 12” round, building up the outer edge slightly. Transfer to an oiled pizza pan that has been slightly sprinkled with cornmeal. Brush the entire top and outer edge of unbaked crust with olive oil. Par-bake the crust in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside.

***Prepare the sauce: (You can make this while the dough rises):
Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and then cook for 30 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon flour while whisking, and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of milk, and worcestershire sauce while whisking to prevent lumps, reduce the heat to low and let simmer until thickened, about 2 more minutes. Turn off heat and stir in cream cheese, and season with pepper to taste (no need to add more salt, as there is plenty already in the cheese and smoked salmon). Spread evenly almost to edge of par-baked crust.

***Prepare the toppings:
Also, mix the pesto sauce with a small spoon. Spread the pesto over the sauce, and then with the bottom of the ladle use a circular motion to spread it evenly within ½” of edge. Sprinkle with green onions, and capers, and sliced artichoke hearts. Place pizza on middle rack in oven, and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add the smoked salmon pieces, and the return to oven and continue baking for 5 final minutes, just until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with fresh basil, and slice. ~ Enjoy!

1 comment:

sandra said...

This is a delightful change from the ordinary pizza, with a definate Alaska flair! I'm sure you'll love it ;-)

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