Friday, April 11, 2008

CRAB RAGOON PIZZA

Does is look ooey, gooey, rich and chewy?


Yes, it sure is. A fabulous recipe that I adapted from one I saw on Pillsbury's site. This was a request from my husband and I would have to say that he made a great choice, This pizza was extra delicious and a change from the same old pizza that we always have.

My old stand by pizza dough recipe

3 1/2 cups ap flour or bread flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast (or 2 packages)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

I find that I do not need to proof the yeast. I make it in a stand mixer. First add flour and salt. I start the mixer at this point at about 3 then add the yeast and then the water and olive oil. Depending on humidity you add more water or more flour. You want the dough to clean the sides of the mixer bowl and kind of climb up the dough mixing attachment. Slide dough off attachment and make sure it is uniformally mixed by just kneading it by hand a few times. Place in a bowl with a little olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot or if it is cool in your house I would use a "makeshift" proofer. Easy to do. Place a cup of water in your microwave and heat for about a minute and half. Move the cup over and place your dough bowl in the microwave. The remaining heat and moisture from the water lends a helping hand to the yeast. Let rise until double in size. Deflate by folding. Cut in half to make two pizzas. Work dough onto cooking sheet. You cna use just about anything. The most crispy crust come from stones. Heat the stone in the oven place dough on cornmeal on peel or baking sheet. Bake in a 425 degree oven.

Note: Dough freezes well. I freeze it after the rise.

CRAB RAGOON TOPPING

1 can of water chestnuts, chopped fine
1 can of lump crab meat
1 8oz. pkg of cream cheese ( I use 1/3 less fat), room temperature
1 cup of mozarella or provolone
1 can chopped pineapple, drained
1 teaspoon of chinese mustard or dark mustard
a pinch of cayenne or more to taste
1 tespoon garlic powder
4 green onions, chopped
1 recipe of pizza dough

Preheat oven to 425 F. Process cream cheese in processor, add all ingredients except pineapple, green onion and cheese. Place dough in oven and prebake until light golden. Remove from oven and spread cream cheese mixture on it. Sprinkle with cheese, onions and pineapple. Place in oven until a little browning occurs.

Bon appetito!

3 comments:

Maryann said...

Hi Lori :)

Shelly said...

Uh oh...another one to try, I think my husband would like it since he's a big fan of pineapple on pizza...me...not so much.

Cakespy said...

OH my goodness--rich, creamy, dreamy--this looks really tasty!

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