Lemongrass Taco Pizza 4


 

avocado tomato toppings

I am still obsessed with lemongrass. Up to now, it’s been mainly a fabulous marinade ingredient in my kitchen. Nothing wrong with that, except I just wasn’t in the mood for chicken last night.

Tacos are a favorite go-to for last minute dinner plans, but I wasn’t feeling that either. Then my brain somehow pulled up a memory of a taco pizza I had as a kid, back in my Oregon hometown. (The photo below is a historical house, not the old pizza shop)!

Brownsville Oregon

It was the 80’s, but I still remember it as one of the best pizzas ever. I did a mental happy dance at the notion of adding lemongrass.

I didn’t even mind that Ellis had made himself cozy on the laptop. (Granted, it was Austin’s laptop).

laptop cat

I confess I usually end up squirting sriracha sauce all over any pizza before eating it. I like spicy, it’s the icing on my pizza. When we sat down for dinner, I had the customary sriracha on the table. Before adding any, I took a bite just to see how the lemongrass taco-ness tasted on its own. To my surprise, and for the first time in recent memory, I did not even touch the sriracha! It wasn’t that the pizza was spicy, it just had a great balance of flavors and I didn’t want to mess with it.

Lemongrass Taco Pizza 

  • 16 oz pizza dough
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 half avocado
  • 1 small-medium onion
  • spinach, 1 handful, chopped
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 3 oz grated pepperjack cheese
  • Pizza seasoning mix

ingredients

 A couple notes:

1) Using a pizza stone in your oven will make a night/day difference with the crust. It’s a must!

2) Since we like thinner crust, and most balls of dough from the store come in 20 oz size, I twist off a few ounces and toss the extra in the freezer for later. For thicker crust, use the whole 20 oz.

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Saute the lemongrass in olive oil over medium heat for a couple minutes.  Add the ground turkey, and spices. (Coriander through salt/pepper). Once the turkey is no longer pink, add the chicken broth and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.

I usually have frozen cubes of chicken broth in my freezer for just such occasions.  We never use an entire box of broth, so it’s a handy trick to freeze the extra in ice cube trays.

Pour a small amount of olive oil onto the dough and spread it around evenly. Sprinkle with a pizza seasoning, Penzeys makes a nice one. (No affiliate link here, just a good seasoning!) or just add ground pepper.

pizza seasoning

Add the onion, turkey, chopped spinach, half the diced tomatoes, and the cheese.

onions

lemongrass taco turkey meat

spinach tomatoes

mozzarella

ready to bake

Bake for 17 minutes, or until the crust is browned.  Top with remaining diced tomato and sliced avocado.

baked pizza

 

lemongrass taco pizza

 

slice of pizza

slice of pizza

Adding a few fresh toppings after baking, makes for the best taco pizzas.

 

Lemongrass Taco Pizza
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3
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An amazing balance of flavors, just like a pointy-toed ballerina doing pirouettes in a taco stand. No sriracha required.
Ingredients
  • 16 oz pizza dough
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 half avocado
  • 1 small-medium onion
  • spinach, 1 handful, chopped
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 3 oz grated pepperjack cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Saute the lemongrass in olive oil over medium heat for a couple minutes.
  3. Add the ground turkey, and spices. (Coriander through salt/pepper).
  4. Once the turkey is no longer pink, add the chicken broth and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour a small amount of olive oil onto the dough and spread it around evenly. Sprinkle with a pizza seasoning,
  6. Add the onion, turkey, chopped spinach, half the diced tomatoes, and the cheese.
  7. Bake for 17 minutes, or until the crust is browned.
  8. Top with remaining diced tomato and sliced avocado.

 

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