California Pizza Kitchen used to serve a Peking Duck pizza which I loved, but I haven't seen it on the menu in years. One day I had some leftover duck meat and a ball of pizza dough, so I decided to try to recreate it as best I could. I didn't have any fried wonton strips to top the pizza with, so I omitted that, but otherwise, I think it turned out pretty good!
Peking Duck Pizza
makes 1 individual size pizza
1/2 recipe pizza dough
2 teaspoons duck fat or olive oil
3 tablespoons cooked duck meat, shredded
3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced into thin strips
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 small handful shredded mozzarella cheese
Set the oven to 500°F or as hot as it will go and let it heat for at
least a half an hour before making the pizza. If you have a pizza stone,
put it in the lower-middle part of the oven now.
On a 12" square piece of parchment paper, stretch the dough out until it's about 1/4 of an
inch thick or less.
Spoon a few teaspoons of duck fat or olive oil into the center of the pizza and use
the back of a spoon to spread it out to the edges.
Top with the duck meat, shiitake mushrooms, and scallions.
Drizzle hoisin sauce on top and top with the mozzarella.
Using a bread peel or the backside of a baking sheet (I used a flexible cutting board), slide your
pizza (still on the parchment) onto the baking stone in the oven. If you
don't have a baking stone, bake the pizza right on the baking sheet.
Bake for about 5 minutes and then rotate the pizza. Bake for another 3 to 5
minutes until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese looks toasty.
Remove the pizza from oven and let it cool on a wire rack for about five minutes before slicing and serving.
If you don't have any duck meat, you could probably substitute with some shredded chicken; dark meat would get you closer to the texture of duck than white meat would. To me, Peking duck is really a hoisin sauce delivery method, so as long as you have that, you'll probably be fine. =)
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