Smoked Salmon Pizzas

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes rising and resting times)
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: Makes 6 small pizzas; serves 12 for appetizers, 6 for lunch
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Ingredients

For the Dough:

1 1/4 cups warm (100 to 110 degrees) water

2 (1/4-ounce) packages active dry yeast

1 tablespoon honey

Good olive oil

4 cups all-purpose flour, divided, plus extra for kneading

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fine cornmeal

To Assemble:

8 ounces Italian mascarpone

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

1/2 to 3/4 pound thinly sliced smoked salmon, preferably Scottish or Norwegian

Mesclun with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette, for topping

Mesclun with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

1/2 cup good olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 pound mesclun greens

Minced fresh chives, for garnish

Directions

  1. For the dough, combine the water, yeast, honey, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add 3 cups of the flour, then 2 teaspoons of salt and mix for about 10 minutes, slowly adding up to 1 more cup of flour to just keep the dough from sticking to the bowl. When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured board and knead by hand a dozen times. It should be smooth and elastic. Brush a medium bowl with olive oil, place the dough in the bowl, and turn it several times to cover lightly with oil. Cover the bowl with a clean, damp kitchen towel and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes, until doubled in size.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and roll each one into a smooth ball. Place the balls on a sheet pan and cover them with the damp towel. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Sprinkle 3 sheet pans with cornmeal.
  4. If you've chilled the dough, leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow it to come to room temperature. Press each piece of dough into a circle with your fingertips. Stretch the balls of dough into rough 8-inch circles and place them on the prepared sheet pans.
  5. Brush the dough with olive oil and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp, rotating the pans to bake evenly. Set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Whisk the mascarpone with 1 tablespoon of the chives, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Spread the mixture on the pizzas, and place one layer of smoked salmon on top.
  7. Place the pizzas on a serving board, top them with dressed mesclun, and serve immediately.

Mesclun with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, dill, salt, and pepper. Toss the mesclun greens with enough of the vinaigrette to moisten. Sprinkle with chives.
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