Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Razor Clam & Spot Shrimp Pizza with Garlic & Thyme

This recipe is inspired by my childhood friend, Sachia who now lives in Seattle and owns Peyrassol Cafe. The first time she made her clam pizza for me was about 25 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday - it was that good! For my recipe, I use fresh Alaska Razor clams and add Alaska Spot shrimp. I hope she approves :) ~Audrey
3/4 cup + 4 tablespoons warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 cups unbleached flour 
(I like to use King Arthur unbleached bread flour)
1/2 cup medium grind cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Sprinkle yeast over water and let dissolve for a few minutes.  Blend flour, cornmeal and salt.  Combine with the yeast and water, mix together until sticky.  Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.  Let it rise in an oiled bowl for 1-2 hours, covered with a towel.

Razor clam Digging on the Kenai Peninsula.

Pizza Topping
1 cup diced Alaska razor clams*
1 cup Alaska Spot shrimp*
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (more if you like spicy)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Asiago/Parmesan cheese
4 teaspoons fresh thyme

Combine first 6 ingredients and place in refrigerator while the dough is rising.  

When the dough has risen to about double in size cut into quarters and flatten to smooth disks.  Top each disk with 1/4 clam and shrimp mixture.  I like to bake my pizzas on a hot pizza stone so I build them on my wooden pizza peel (sprinkled with a little cornmeal)....  

...and then slide them onto the hot stone.  If you don't have either, you can line a baking sheet with parchment paper rubbed with a little olive oil and bake your pizzas that way - works just fine.

Don't forget to top with some Asiago/Parmesan cheese!  
Bake for 5-7 minutes in a 500 degree oven.  

Sprinkle with thyme immediately after you take your pizza out of the oven and serve with a nice glass of your favorite wine.
Makes 4 small pizzas
* You can use canned clams if razor clams aren't available...and use whatever shrimp you have access to.  Either way, it's all good!  

A BIG Alaska Razor Clam we dug up on the Kenai Peninsula at Deep Creek.

Our friend Margaret (in yellow) went along with us on our most recent clam digging trip.  Patti (center) and Audrey (in red).  So much fun!