Japanese Pizza

Posted by Brette in Food

JapanPizza2I ran across the idea from this is Food and Wine (see their recipe here). The concept is you make a crust from rice (this is similar tahdig, a fantastic Persian rice dish I shared recently) and then top it with manchego cheese and Asian ingredients. The possibilities are endless. On a recent might I made mine with arugula and smoked salmon. Shrimp would be fantastic on this. Other greens would work nicely. Mushrooms or edamame would be a lovely addition. You start it in a skillet on the stove and finish it in the oven. It’s a another great idea for leftover rice.

Japanese Pizza
Serves: 2
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1½ cups grated Manchego cheese (about 5 oz)
  • top of one green onion sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • ⅓ cup crunchy sprouts
  • 2½ tbsp tamari sauce
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  1. Heat a 9 inch skillet over medium high and add the oil. Press the rice into the pan, so it is evenly distributed. Allow this to cook 10-15 minutes until it is brown and crisp on the bottom.
  2. Remove from heat. Sprinkle cheese over rice. Sprinkle green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds. Spread arugula and sprouts on top. Sprinkle tamari over the entire pizza.
  3. Place in a 375 degree oven on the top shelf and bake for about 15 minutes until the cheese melts, the arugula cooks and the top is slightly brown.
  4. Spread salmon over the top. Slide the pizza onto a platter and serve.


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