Can you guess what this beautiful yummy creation is?
It may look like a pizza but it’s not.
It’s a FLAMMKUCHEN, a German specialty from the Alsace region. Flammkuchen is an ultra thin pizza-like snack cooked in a hot wood-fired oven. Rather than a red sauce with mozzarella cheese, it uses a creme fraiche base with toppings of bacon and caramelized onions. Last September, I had the amazing opportunity to sample this awesome treat, and I can tell you….. it was scrumptious!
But since I don’t live in Germany or near Hudson Valley, NY (Click here to visit the Black Forest Flammkuchen Co.), I had to come up with an alternative on how to easily make this delight. And so, I experimented in my kitchen and came up with a simpler version of this recipe.
Below is a list of ingredients that you will need:
- 1 Mamma Mia thin pizza crust. (While it’s not quite as good as homemade, I can assure you, it’s much easier and will still taste pretty good.)
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 2 oz package of pre-cooked bacon (about 12 slices, feel free to use more or less bacon depending on your preference. Of course, you can use real bacon and pre-cook it, but then that will take more time. HaHa!)
- very thin slices of red onion (as thin as you can make them)
- basil sprinklings
- Optional: substitute fresh cut basil for the dry spice
- Optional: garnish with a few pieces arugula and sliced cherry tomatoes, as seen in the photo above.
- Optional: use a pizza stone to cook the pizza
Here are the directions:
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, I put the pizza stone in the oven before turning it on. Cooking your pizza on this stone will give your flammkuchen a more wood-fired taste; however, if you don’t have a pizza stone, forego this step and just use cookie sheet.
2. Mix the sour cream, whipping cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and parsley to make a creme fraiche sauce, spreading the sauce all over the pizza crust.
3. Next, cut the precooked bacon into small pieces and slice the red onion as thin as you possibly can. Generously add the bacon pieces on top of the sauce. Then, add the red onions and sprinkle with basil.
4, Bake the pizza till crispy, about 9-10 minutes. If desired, add a little extra garnish like fresh arugula and sliced cherry tomatoes.
It’s so good you can’t have just one slice!
PS. If you’d like to know what inspired me to make this beautiful creation,
why not hop over to my post on Creative Faith? Click here.