Alsatian pizza is something you don’t really find in America. However, this Asian version is a cinch to make, and you can prep it in 15 minutes or less.
This pizza solves two first world problems:
- What do you do with fromage blanc? (a soft, fresh cheese obtained from an organic cheese tasting)
- What do you pair with unusual Alsatian wines? (Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Edelzwicker, and other white wine unicorns)
What is Alsatian Pizza?
Well, they don’t call it that in France.
They call it Flammekeuche in German or Tarte Flambee in France. (Doesn’t that sound so much more fancy?)
It is from the Alsace region of France, the northeast section of the country that neighbors Germany.
Its hallmark ingredients are a very thin crispy crust, soft white cheese, sliced white onions, and fried cubes of bacon, aka lardons.
According to the Kitchn, it is usually cut into squares, rather than triangles, and eaten as a first course, though you could serve as a main dish with a salad on the side.
How do you make it Asian?
So glad you asked. You should do 2 things to make it Asian and also make your life easier:
- Replace the homemade dough with store bought naan. You probably don’t have the time to make your own dough, and even Trader Joe’s sells pre-made naan nowadays.
- Replace the bacon with green onion. Your thighs will thank you, and you will keep the vegetarians happy. 🙂
Naan pizza is quite a thing nowadays.
It no longer just appears as a flatbread dipped into piping hot curries at Indian restaurants but substitutes as a premade pizza crust, saving so much time along with market share from Boboli.
The 5 Ingredients you need
- Naan bread
- Fromage blanc – You can sub with a fresh goat cheese if you can’t find a fromage blanc.
- White onions – thinly sliced
- Green onion
- salt & pepper
How to make Asian Alsatian Pizza
Step 1: Spread the cheese
That is self explanatory. Again use fresh goat cheese if you don’t have fromage blanc. A packet of Boursin will do too.
Step 2: Top with onion
Spread on thinly sliced onion and green onion.
The onions don’t really caramelize in the onion, but they do add a savory quality to the tangy cheese.
If using fromage blanc, it will need a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Boursin or goat cheese contains a little more tanginess that flavor enhancement through salt is not needed as much.
Step 3: Bake until “hot”
Depending on how much moisture is in your naan, it may or may not get crispy.
If it is older and previously frozen, it has a better chance of getting crispy in the oven right on a regular baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until the edge of the naan bread is starting to brown.
Step 4: Cut into squares
Serve hot or room temperature as an appetizer for a Franco-German themed party or as a wine tasting bite.
Tips to make it better @home:
1. If you can’t find fromage blanc, use fresh goat cheese.
2. If you do use fromage blanc, sprinkle some salt and pepper on the top to bring out the flavor of the onions and cheese.
3. Bake on a sheet pan until the crust starts to brown. The longer you bake, the crispier it will become.
Asian Alsatian Pizza
- 2 ea naan bread
- 1/4 c fromage blanc or goat cheese
- 1/4 ea onion thinly sliced
- 1 ea green onion sliced
- salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper and naan bread. Spread the fromage blanc onto each piece of naan. Top with onion and green onion. Season with salt and pepper if using fromage blanc.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges of the naan bread start to brown.
- Cut into square and serve hot or at room temperature.
P.S. Do you love pizza? Please spread the Asian ♥ and share!