Duck Pizza with Hoisin and Scallions
I always think of pizza as being a super overwhelming dinner. I know other people routinely make it at home as part of a Friday night tradition but the thought of making dough after work, making pizza sauce, chopping all the ingredients, and assembling the pies is a bit overwhelming after a long week’s work.
This pizza, though, was something different. The duck was leftover from a previous meal (but I’ll include cooking instructions for you), the recipe calls for hoisin sauce as the base, and I used a quick rise pizza crust recipe.
I remember being on a hiking trip as a Freshman in college with a bunch of other college kids and we were playing a game where you’d shout out two opposite words. It went something like this:
Yeah. Chinese food and cheese certainly aren’t a pair you see routinely. So I was a little skeptical of putting cheese on my pizza and contemplating skipping it all together. It turns out it was a great match and although I won’t be sprinkling mozzarella on my fried rice I certainly will be repeating this Chinese version of pizza.
Duck Pizza with Hoisin and Scallions (adapted from SELF via Epicurious)
- 1 duck (or chicken) breast, fat trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 pound whole-wheat pizza dough
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
- 1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- Heat oven and pizza stone to 400°F.
- Sprinkle duck with five-spice powder, salt and pepper. Heat oil in a medium skillet over high heat. Cook duck until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
- Transfer skillet to oven; bake duck until outside is cooked but inside is rare, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 4 to 5 minutes.
- Thinly slice the duck on the diagonal into 8 pieces, then cut each in half. Set aside.
- Form dough into 8 even balls, then flatten to form 3-inch disks and place on an ungreased baking sheet that has been spread with cornmeal or flour to prevent sticking. Spread hoisin sauce on crusts with a pastry brush. Top with scallions, cheese, bell pepper and duck.
- Transfer to warmed pizza stone. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, 15 minutes. Remove and garnish with scallions and cilantro.