Smoked Salmon Pizza

A homemade pizza dough smoldered in a cheesy white sauce with slivers of smoked salmon, spinach, a bite of fresh dill, and smothered in provolone and mozzarella.

The first time I had this pizza was back in my college days and you know all college students are pizza connoisseur. At least, it was a constant staple in my diet. Dinner on Saturday and breakfast all week long. Perfect for a broke college student. So when I say this pizza is delicious you can trust me. A few decades later and it is still one of my favorite pizzas. Definitely in the top five.

Salmon & Dill:

Salmon and dill is the perfect blend of flavors. It may not be as synonymous as peanut butter and jelly, but it should be. Dill adds that perfect delicate kick to salmon giving it a light herby taste that allows the rich and buttery flavor of the salmon to stand out.

Smoked Salmon:

Smoked salmon is considered a delicacy and often carries the price tag as such, but it is worth it. Do not use regular salmon or you will miss the complexity of this pizza. I use sliced smoked salmon because I like the look of it on the pizza, but you can break up a fillet if you cannot find sliced. Smoked salmon is usually in the meat department in most grocery stores.

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Smoked Salmon Pizza

Cedar Oak Farms
smoked salmon, cream sauce, mozzarella + provolone, smoked salmon, spinach + dill
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 Pizzas

Ingredients
  

Pizza Dough:

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups pizza flour we use Janie’s Mill

Cream Sauce:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup provolone
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450˚F. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet turn upside down in the oven.
  • In a 2-cup measuring cup measure out the water. Add the corn syrup and yeast, mix. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes or until the yeast starts to bubble.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into a food processor bowl. Add the olive oil and salt. Pulse for 30 seconds. Slowly begin to add the flour one cup at time, mixing for 2 minutes between additions. Turn the dough onto a floured board. The dough will be very sticky at this point so sprinkle some extra flour on top.
  • Knead adding additional flour from the board until no longer sticky, about 5 – 6 kneads is all that is needed. Place a warm, moist towel over the dough and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into a ½-inch thick circle, or two ovals, dusting the pizza dough with flour as needed. Poke holes in the pizza dough with a fork to prevent bubbles.

Cream Sauce:

  • Combine heavy cream, butter, and cream cheese in a saucepan over medium heat stirring occasionally. Simmer until melted.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese and garlic. Continue cooking on low for 15-20 minutes.
  • Spread over the pizza dough.

Toppings:

  • Add a drizzle or two of olive oil to a skillet and heat. When hot, add the spinach. Piece the garlic with a fork and keeping the garlic on the tines mix the spinach until wilted down, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Position the spinach evenly over the cream sauce dividing evenly. Add the dill, reserving 1 – 2 tablespoons, smoked salmon and cheeses.

Bake:

  • Slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Garnish with the reserved dill, if desired.

Notes

If you prefer to freeze the pizzas, do not add the cheese yet. Bake the cheese-less pizza for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with plastic or foil to protect from freezer burn and freeze in a plastic container or box. When ready to serve, remove from freezer. Place on a pizza stone or on the oven rack and bake at 375°F for 20- 25 minutes.
Keyword Pizzas & Flatbreads

Shrimp Alfredo

Jumbo shrimp seasoned in a lemon basil seasoning, pan seared to perfection and tossed with a creamy cheesy alfredo sauce, garden fresh broccoli, roasted bell pepper, and homemade fettuccine.

Shrimp Alfredo

Cedar Oak Farms
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 bell pepper, roasted and diced
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ounces fresh parmesan, shaved

Basil Lemon Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon COFarms basil lemon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Grind together all the basil lemon seasoning ingredients. Can store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  • Rinse shrimp, pat dry, and sprinkle with basil lemon seasoning.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. For a super fresh option use homemade fettuccine. Super easy to make and delicious! Add broccoli florets to water about 2 minutes before cooking time ends.
  • Meanwhile, roast the red pepper over the fire on your stove’s burner until charred and skin slightly bubbled. When cool enough to handle dice the pepper. Use a colorful pepper like red, orange, or yellow to add color contrast to dish.
  • Reserve 1 cup pasta water for sauce. Drain pasta and broccoli in colander, shaking to remove as much water as possible.
  • Return the pot to medium-high heat, add cream, and bring to a boil. Add parmesan cheese, remove from heat, and stir until smooth.
  • Add the roasted pepper, pasta, and broccoli to the pot and stir until sauce coats pasta. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. Cover and set aside. Sauce will thicken as it rests. Add the reserved pasta water a little at a time to smooth sauce.
  • Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoon olive oil and shrimp to hot pan and cook until opaque but firm, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Plate the pasta on plate and top with shrimp.
    Shrimp Alfredo

Notes

Recipe Inspiration for our Basil Lemon Salt.
Keyword Basil Lemon Salt, Fish & Seafood, Pasta

Sausage Meatball Pizza

Tender, flavor-packed meatballs dipped in a spicy red-pepper sauce then layered with a ricotta cheese blend and caramelized onions over a handmade pizza crust take this pizza to a whole new and indulgent level. 

Sausage Meatball Pizza

Cedar Oak Farms
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2 Pizzas

Ingredients
  

Meatballs:

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon *Cedar Oak Farms spaghetti seasoning
  • 1 pound *Whistling Hen’s “Mama’s Hot Italian” Sausage
  • 1/2 pound *Cow Creek Organic Farm ground beef

Never Fail Pizza Crust:

  • cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups of *Janie’s Mill pizza flour + extra for kneading

Pepper Sauce:

  • 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon *Cedar Oak Farms spaghetti seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse salt

Additional Toppings:

  • Arugula
  • 6 ounces *Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Mozzarella, shredded
  • 4 ounces *Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Kickapoo, shredded

Instructions
 

Meatballs:

  • In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, milk, onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, and spaghetti seasoning. Crumble the meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1” meatballs. Place in a rimmed baking pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.

Pizza Crust:

  • Meanwhile, in a 2-cup measuring cup measure out the water. Add **molasses and yeast, mix. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes or until the yeast starts to bubble.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into a food processor bowl. Add the olive oil and salt. Pulse for 30 seconds. Slowly begin to add the flour one cup at time, mixing for 2 minutes between additions. Turn the dough onto a floured board. The dough will be very sticky at this point so sprinkle some extra flour on top.
  • Knead adding additional flour from the board until no longer sticky, about 5 – 6 kneads is all that is needed. Place a warm, moist towel over the dough and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • When the meatballs are done remove from oven but do not turn off oven. Roll the dough into a ½-inch thick circle, or two ovals, dusting the pizza dough with flour as needed. Poke holes in the pizza dough with a fork to prevent bubbles. Bake in 350°F oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Sauce:

  • In a high-power blender or food processor, combine roasted peppers, garlic, basil, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Blend the mixture on high until well blended and smooth.

Toppings:

  • In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Kickapoo, spaghetti seasoning, and egg until blended. Set aside until ready to use.
  • In a skillet add the onion and ***enough olive oil to coat the onions. You want to use a large skillet to allow the onions enough room to absorb the heat and caramelize. Sauté on medium-high heat.
  • Using your fingers pinch the salt and scatter about the onions to draw out the moisture. Your onions will first get soft, then juicy. As they cook, they will begin to brown, or caramelize. In all this will take about 10-15minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

To Assemble:

  • Spread the cheese mixture over the crust. Add some of the caramelized onions. Roll the meatballs in the red pepper sauce and arrange the meatballs and some of the sauce over the ricotta cheese. Sprinkle the cheese blend over the top. Bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and top with fresh arugula. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Available in The Market at the Farm!
**The molasses is the magic to a never-fail crust. The yeast feeds off the sugar in the molasses creating perfect proof. It just doesn’t get any pretty than that. I use molasses to keep the crust from getting too sweet but, you can substitute honey, corn syrup, or sugar if you prefer.
***I have the best results if I place the onion in a bowl and drizzle the oil over the top using my fingers to massive the oil and evenly coat the onions.
Do not let the ingredients or steps discourage you. You are going to love the flavor and texture of this crust and the flavor combo of the other ingredients. 
Keyword Pizzas & Flatbreads, Spaghetti Seasoning
Twisted Pizza

Twisted Pizza

A “Twist” on Pizza! This pizza has a twisted handmade crust filled with a mixture of melted butter and roasted garlic and filled with soppressata sausage, roasted red pepper, black olives, grated Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil.

Twisted Pizza

Cedar Oak Farms
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 slices

Ingredients
  

Pizza Dough:

  • cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons white cornstarch
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups of flour

Buttery Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

Toppings:

  • ounces soppressata sausage
  • 3 tablespoons chopped black olives
  • 2 roasted red peppers
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Garlic salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

Pizza Dough:

  • This is one of our favorite never-fail recipes. In a 2-cup measuring cup measure out the warm water. Add the cornstarch and yeast, mix. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes to let the yeast bubble. Adding some form of sugar gives the yeast something to eat on giving you that desired proof that ensures the perfect rise.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into a food processor bowl. Add the olive oil and salt. Pulse for 30 seconds. Slowly begin to add the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing for 2 minutes between additions. Turn the dough onto a floured board. The dough will be very sticky at this point so sprinkle some extra flour on top.
  • Knead, adding additional flour as needed until no longer sticky, about 5 – 6 kneads is all that is needed. Place the dough into a warm bowl and let rest under a warm, moist towel for 15 minutes.
  • Start rolling the dough into a long rope, working downward until about as thick as your thumb. Twist as you work to prevent it from retracting. Form into a circle leaving some space in between as it is not done expanding yet.

Buttery Sauce:

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and garlic, microwave 40 seconds, or until butter is melted. Spoon the mixture into the creases of the twisted dough filling the seams. Do not worry if some of the yum fall in between. As the dough expands it will be incorporated into the pizza.

Toppings:

  • Roughly chop the sausage, black olives, red peppers, and basil and place in a small bowl. Mix with Parmesan cheese. Spread the mixture between the rows. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a little garlic salt and black pepper. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 390°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. You’ll start to smell the aroma filling your kitchen right before the buzzer goes off. Take out of the oven and garnish with some Parmesan cheese and a handful of basil leaves.
    Twisted Pizza
Keyword Pizzas & Flatbreads

Tavern Burger

A juicy, perfectly seasoned burger better than your favorite pub, or go-to burger shop.

Tavern Burger

Cedar Oak Farms
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Pimiento Cheese:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jar 4 ounces diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion, finely diced
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Burgers:

  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons COFarms steak seasoning
  • Onion straws:
  • 1/2 Vandalia onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 – 2 flavored salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • Oil for frying
  • Dill Pickles, if desired

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl mix the mayonnaise, pimientos, jalapenos, Worcestershire sauce, and onions. Stir in the shredded cheese. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Patty the beef into 7 – 8 burgers. Season with the steak seasoning. Grill on a hot grill for 20 minutes, or to the desired doneness.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 inches of oil in a small, heavy pan to 325°F.
  • In a small bowl mix the flour with the flavored salt. Pour the half-and-half into another shallow bowl. Place the onion slices into the milk mixture and then dredge through the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour. Place in hot oil and fry to a golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Heat the cheese into a thick sauce.
  • Place dill pickles on the bottom bun and top with a burger, pour cheese sauce over a burger, add onion straws and serve immediately.
Keyword Burgers, Steak Seasoning