Have you ever watched an episode of Chopped, and had a super weird food craving? Well, that happened to me, not too long ago. I somehow concocted the idea of a sauerkraut and sriracha pizza, and decided to give it a try.
In my head, this pizza was a cross between a Reuben sandwich (a personal favorite of mine) and an Asian stir-fry, piled on a homemade pizza. And yeah, I know, that sounds super weird… but it turned out remarkably tasty. A little savory, a little salty, a little spicy, and the pizza crust is amazing.
This is a recipe you can make completely from scratch, or pull together pre-made components to save time. I will break down the components in recipes, so if you have an hour and a half to turn up the music and get your cooking on, you can totally customize this recipe! Then at the end, I will simplify it, to make it possible to prepare in 30 minutes. Either way, this pizza is one of a kind, and a real conversation starter 🙂
Sauerkraut & Sriracha Pizza
Homemade Pizza Crust
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
In a small bowl combine yeast, sugar and warm water. Stir well, and let sit for 15 minutes until the mixture is foamy.
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Pour in yeast mixture and olive oil, and mix together with a fork. Once mostly combined, turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the pizza dough until smooth.
Lightly coat your large bowl with olive oil, then place pizza dough in the bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let rise for 1 – 1.5 hours, or until dough has doubled in size.
Homemade 30-minute Sauerkraut
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sugar
Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Stir well. Bring water to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes.
Asian Sirloin Steak
- 2 lbs sirloin steak
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
Place steak in a shallow glass dish. Combine rest of ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk well. Pour marinade over steak, and marinate at least 1 hour, and up to 12 hours. Cook in a cast iron skillet, grill or heavy pan until almost cooked through.
Here is how to pull it all together!
- Pizza Crust
- 2 cups sauerkraut
- 2 cups cooked sirloin steak
- 1/4 cup diced roasted red peppers (optional)
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
- Lightly oil a pizza stone or baking sheet with olive oil. Turn pizza dough out onto a floured surface and use a rolling pin or sturdy glass to shape the dough into a circle of desired thickness.
- Top with sauerkraut, sirloin streak and red peppers. Bake in preheated oven for 8 - 12 minutes, or until crust is cooked and crisp. Allow to cool a couple minutes, then drizzle on sriracha in a circular pattern, starting from the center and rotating outward.
Now that is a strange but tasty pizza! What is your favorite “odd” pizza? Share in the comments below!