Wolfgang Puck's Smoked Salmon Pizza With A Twist

Wolfgang Puck is known for his gourmet cuisine and restaurants scattered across the United States. If you're looking to recreate some of his famous recipes but don't have access to all of the fine ingredients Puck is known for, there are some great alternatives. Recipe developer Jason Goldstein decided to take Wolfgang Puck's smoked salmon pizza recipe and give it a twist, making it more accessible for home cooks. Goldstein is a New York chef and food blogger who shares his creations on Chop Happy. His aim is to make "simple recipes for happy, busy people," and this delicious meal checks the boxes.

When you're in the mood for a gastronomic experience but would rather remain in the comfort of your own home, Goldstein's recipe is a perfect compromise. Thanks to a short ingredient list and simple steps, you'll be able to whip up this pizza with little time and effort. While there are a few variations from Puck's ingredients, the pizza is still topped with smoked salmon. This simple touch of luxury makes the dish perfect for a special dinner at home.

Gather the ingredients

Start off by gathering up the ingredients for Wolfgang Puck's smoked salmon pizza with a twist. First you'll need a ball of pizza dough, which simplifies the recipe a great deal. However, if you're looking for an added challenge, go ahead and make your own dough from scratch. Next, you'll need sour cream for the base of the pizza. Unlike a classic pizza with cheese, this Nordic version goes for a fresher take.

As for the pizza toppings, lemon zest makes the perfect contrast for the sour cream, and the flavor is a classic pairing with fish. Then, some chopped scallions (aka green onions) are added to give it an herbaceous note. Of course you can't forget the smoked salmon — to mimic Puck's version, opt for cold smoked, however hot smoked would surely taste great as well. Finally, chop some fresh chives to sprinkle on top for added fragrance.

What did we change from Wolfgang Puck's recipe?

Being the eternal gourmet that he is, Wolfgang Puck's smoked salmon pizza is topped with black or golden caviar and crème fraîche. About his twist, Goldstein says, "This is the less expensive version but just as fabulous." Since caviar isn't generally on the average home cook's shopping list, Goldstein opted out. Instead, scallions and lemon zest add a flavor punch that pairs delightfully with the smoked salmon and is easier on your wallet. Crème fraîche is less common in the United States, so Goldstein chose sour cream for a more accessible option. The two have some similarities, yet crème fraîche has a higher fat content, which makes it creamier, compared with sour cream, which is distinctly tangy.

Start by rolling out the dough and placing it into a cast iron pan

First things first: set your oven to preheat to 450 F. A high temperature is ideal to crisp up pizza dough without drying it out (via Pizza Planet). Next, grease a cast iron pan to prevent the dough from sticking while it cooks. Then, roll out the ball of dough until it is approximately the same size as the cast iron pan. Transfer the rolled out dough into the pan and spread it out to fit. Make sure that the thickness of the dough is fairly consistent so that it cooks evenly. Goldstein instructs to poke holes in the dough using a fork "so that the dough does not rise while cooking." He indicates to "leave a 1-inch border around the pizza free of fork marks for the crust."

Bake the pizza dough and let it cool down

Once the oven has reached 450 F, transfer the cast iron pan to the middle rack and bake the dough for 10 minutes. When it has browned and cooked through, remove the pan from the oven. Allow the dough to cool down completely before adding the toppings. Goldstein suggests waiting at least 20 minutes, "or even make [it] the night before." Alternatively, he says, "To cool [the] pizza dough quickly, you can put it in the fridge [for] probably 5 minutes."

After baking the dough, top it with sour cream, lemon zest, and scallions

Now that the dough has had some time to cool down, evenly smear the sour cream across the surface of the dough using a spoon. Be sure to leave a bit of space at the edges so that you can pick up the pizza by the crust. Then, sprinkle the lemon zest and the chopped scallions evenly on top of the sour cream.

Next add the smoked salmon, extra sour cream, and chives, and serve

Finally it's time to add the finishing touches to this masterpiece. Layer the smoked salmon on top of the surface of the pizza. Then, add a few more dollops of sour cream in the middle of the pizza for an extra creamy touch. Top it all off with a sprinkling of chives and you're ready to serve this delicious pizza.

If you have a pizza cutter, use it to slice the pizza into quarters. Otherwise, a sharp knife will work as long as you are careful not to disrupt the layers of smoked salmon too much. In case you don't finish it all at once, Goldstein recommends refrigerating it for no more than two or three days or else the crust will get soggy. And there you have it — a less expensive version of Wolfgang Puck's smoked salmon pizza!

Wolfgang Puck's Smoked Salmon Pizza With A Twist
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Looking for a fun salmon recipe for your next brunch? This twist on Wolfgang Puck's smoked salmon pizza is delicious, affordable, and easy to put together!
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smoked salmon pizza
Total time: 15 minutes
  • 1 ball of pizza dough, about 28 ounces
  • ½ cup sour cream + 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough and place the dough in a greased cast iron pan.
  3. Use a fork to poke holes in the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around the pizza for the crust.
  4. Bake the dough on the middle rack for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely.
  6. Once the dough is cool, smear ½ cup of sour cream across the surface of the dough.
  7. Add the lemon zest and scallions on top of the sour cream.
  8. Next, place the smoked salmon on top and use the 2 tablespoons of sour cream to add dollops in the middle of the pizza.
  9. Sprinkle the pizza with chives.
  10. Cut the pizza into slices and enjoy!
Calories per Serving 285
Total Fat 10.2 g
Saturated Fat 4.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 28.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 31.6 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Total Sugars 2.0 g
Sodium 746.1 mg
Protein 16.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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