Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wolfgang and Oscar

I am not basically a pizza eater, I used to eat them many years ago in Italy and Paris when they were relatively simple creations but the North Americans got hold of them and – in my opinion – ruined them. However, Wulfgang Puck has come up with an Oscar Party pizza which I am sure I would find delicious. In fact the only reason I would like to be important enough to attend an Oscar party is to be able to try the goodies presented every year by Mr. Puck and his staff. I would also like to have the opportunity, chance, and money to dine at Spago’s. What really tees me off, I can have the smoked salmon but, because of this stupid illness of mine, and the antibiotics which go with it, I cannot drink the champagne. If you plan to watch, enjoy the Oscars, I believe that after what happened, American Sniper will win.


Wolfgang Puck’s Smoked Salmon Pizza

 





Each year, Hollywood's A-listers are served Wolfgang Puck's signature smoked salmon and caviar pizza at the annual Oscars Governor's Ball — and now you have a chance to taste it, too!


From Wolfgang Puck

Pizza With Smoked Salmon and Caviar

Ingredients

1 recipe (24 ounces) pizza dough (see recipe below)
Flour, for dusting
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, julienned
1/4 bunch fresh dill, minced, plus 4 small sprigs for garnish
1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
16 ounces smoked salmon, sliced paper-thin
4 heaping tablespoons domestic golden caviar or salmon caviar
4 heaping teaspoons black osetra caviar
Directions
  1. 30 minutes before you're ready to bake the pizzas, preheat the oven to 500ºF with a pizza stone inside.
  2. Prepare pizza crust: Dip the ball of dough into flour, shake off the excess flour, place the dough on a clean, lightly floured surface, and start to stretch the dough. Press down on the center, spreading the dough into an 8-inch circle, with its outer rim a little thicker than the inner circle. If you find this difficult to do, use a small rolling pin to roll out the dough.
  3. After the dough has been rolled or stretched into four 8-inch circles, place the pizzas on a lightly floured wooden peel. Brush the center of each pizza to within 1 inch of the edge with olive oil and sprinkle it with some of red onion. Slide the pizza onto the stone and bake 8 to 12 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  4. Make the dill cream: Mix the dill with the sour cream or crème fraîche and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  5. Arrange the pizzas: Transfer the pizzas to heated dinner plates and spread them with the sour cream mixture.
  6. Divide the salmon, and arrange decoratively over the cream.
  7. Place a spoonful of golden caviar in the center of each pizza, then spoon a little of the black caviar into the center of the golden or salmon caviar. Cut each pizza into fourths and serve immediately.
Have a great Sunday
Jo_thumb[2]

20 comments:

  1. Wolfgang Puck has some wonderful recipes, but I'm not a pizza lover. The salmon and caviar with something else - yes. I also forego award shows.

    I hope you and Matt are doing well.

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    1. I'm not a pizza lover either Dixie, but I would certainly eat this recipe.

      I am gradually improving thanks Dixie.

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  2. I love pizza but it has to be New York style and just plain cheese. When I lived out west there were some pretty weird combos that people loved like chicken pesto. Gross. I think the last time I really watched the Oscars was the year Dances with Wolves was up for every award.....that would have been spring of 1991.

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    1. For some reason we used to watch it religiously every year. We finally wised up and don't bother any more - I don't really care enough and find that a lot of the show goes way above my head not being part of the industry.

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  3. I'd try it with the salmon but not the fish eggs.

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    1. Oh Alex, caviar, especially the original sturgeon caviar, is one of the foods of the Gods.

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  4. Pizza is my favorite food. I am also Italian. I have no objection to what is put on a pizza. My favorite is veggie, but I make a great BBQ chicken pizza.

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    1. As I said, I didn't mind pizza when in Italy and/or Sicily or even Paris, but over here I find it overloaded making too many flavours. Italy has so many wonderful foods that it seems such a shame that it has become known just for pizza and pasta.

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  5. I love caviar. I love the way the fishy little balls pop on your tongue. I love smoked salmon too so this pizza would do me. I'm picking Boyhood for best movie this year. I can't wait the Oscars. It's always been one of my favourite things to watch.

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    1. You and me both Pinky. What time are the Oscars for you? One of the problems here, it goes on so damned late. Don't know anything about Boyhood.

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    2. We saw it last night and I was wrong as usual. Boyhood didn't win. We have a group Oscars competition with some friends every year and we usually come last. We cheated this year and went to an authority on the web and still didn't win.

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    3. Didn't watch, Haven't done so for years. I was pleased Eddie Redmayne got best actor for The Theory of Everything.

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  6. You're posting again! Go Jo! I'm afraid I wouldn't eat Puck's pizza because I don't like fish or seafood of any kind...but my husband would! And I made it through the weekend without Oscar. Figure I'll hear who won what anyway...

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    1. Only sporadically Lisa. Still weak as a kitten. What a pity, apart from tasting good, seafood is so good for you.

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  7. Too rich for me, I was surprised Birdman won, but I never, ever guess right.

    Glad you're feeling better.

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    1. I don't know much about Birdman at all. I figured the fact that the Sniper was recently killed would persuade people to vote for it.

      Better but way far from 100% yet I'm afraid

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  8. I'll just have to imagine what it tastes like.

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    1. Well you have a good imagination Diane.

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  9. I think you feel better, Jo, when you blog about food again! I will make this pizza but will use Greek yogurt instead. And get the most inexpensive caviar, the red kind, which I like better. The awards had a not-so-great host. Bring back Billy Crystal, but the movies were interesting. Only one I saw was "The Imitation Game"--terrific.

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    1. I am still not enjoying food like I used to Natasha, but you are right at least I can enjoy the contemplation of it.

      I didn't like Billy Crystal either, I liked Whoopi Goldberg when she did it. I find the whole business is very full of insider jokes (well they are to me) and I don't take a lot of notice of movies these days. I really want to see that movie. Just watched The Theory of Everything, another excellent movie too.

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