This pizza was fantastic! If you are a pizza lover like we are you just may want to experience this one! People often ask me where I come up with my ideas that I blog and that’s a good question! I guess when you have a fierce love for food the way I do and the way many of my fellow bloggers have, it just kind of comes natural. Mix that with the fact that I can list on one hand the few foods I don’t like (really, I eat almost anything!) and that leaves a whole bunch of fun ingredients to mix up and play with! Most of my ideas come to me at completely random times, often in the shower. I tell my husband, some people sing in the shower, I create recipes in the shower, well, sometimes I sing too and that’s not pretty for anyone to hear:-) So when I get a brilliant idea in the shower, as soon as I get out it’s time to jot it down, because, I forget everything that is not written on paper!
I also have dreams about food, often, and some of my recipes have come from things I have dreamed up! If I just sit down and think “today I’m going to write some new recipes” nothing will come to me. I’m not a sit down type of person, I have too much energy for that so when I sit, my brain doesn’t function!
This Pizza was a shower creation, as silly as that sounds! I love coming up with new Pizza ideas, it’s a food that can so easily be made up, played up and still be fairly simple. I love seafood, my husband likes some, and crab is a favorite of both of ours. Living in North Alabama doesn’t provide a great selection of seafood, when I lived in the northeast it was abundant and fresh. The good thing with this pizza is you don’t need fresh seafood. Canned crab works perfect. Obviously if you live where you have access to reasonably priced fresh crab, the fresh would be amazing on this, but for those who don’t, get the canned. Here is what I did for this recipe, and bear with me because with the crust and remoulade sauce this is a more lengthy post:-) But SO worth it!
Ingredients for Crust: (on back of yeast package)
1 packet of pizza yeast (I recommend Fleischmann’s, it’s easy and the best IMO)
2 cups flour (AP or Wheat, I used Wheat for this and AP for my kids cheese pizza)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cups very warm water
3 tbsp Olive Oil
In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar and salt and mix together. Add the water and olive oil mix well. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough. It will be slightly sticky. On a lightly floured surface you want to knead the dough for about 4 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.
Get out your pizza stone and start working the dough, pulling on it carefully to stretch it. Place it on the pizza stone and work the dough with your hands, making it larger and larger until it’s nicely spread out on your stone.
This is actually me working with the kids dough, as you can see it’s AP flour in this photo, but it’s the same for the wheat!
You can now top it. Here is what’s on this pizza:
1 can of lump crab meat (I used Bumblebee, 6 oz)
1 can fancy white crab meat (I used Bumbleebee, 4 oz)
2 cups of baby spinach, washed and dried
2 green onions, sliced
Swiss Gruyere Cheese (In the fancy cheese area near deli, approx. 2 cups, shredded)
Now add your cheese that you shredded and top with the sliced green onions. Bake your pizza at 425 degrees for approx. 12-15 minutes or until done.
Ingredients for Remoulade:
1/4 cup lemon juice (I used a fresh lemon)
2 tbsp horseradish
1 cup light mayo
1 tbsp paprika
2 tsp hot sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp creole seasoning (I use Zatarain’s because it is so delicious and has amazing flavor)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
black pepper to taste
In a medium size mixing bowl add all the ingredients and stir together well. Very easy! It looks like a big ole mess in a bowl, but the flavor is so good!