Lemon Pizza

in Appetizers, Dinner, Pizza

I find this strange enjoyment with ringing myself up at the grocery store’s self-checkout.  I love pressing the touchscreen, looking up produce numbers, and scanning each product’s bar code. After thinking about it for a bit, I realized it all goes back with my ambitions as a kid to be on Supermarket Sweep.  Do you remember that show? Oh my, how I wanted to wear one of those brightly-colored sweatshirts! And those gigantic name tags! Oh and my strategy. Umm…can we talk about the strategy that went into that game? Everyone knows that you go for the most expensive stuff in the store first. Like the turkeys or hams. And then you grab all the over-the-counter drugs, and then you move to the cereals or liters of soda. Man, they really need to bring that show back. It’s so 1990 in the most awesome way possible.

I think at first glance this pizza looks like it’s fancy. If you were on Supermarket Sweep–and it was pre-made–it’s probably the thing you’d think you should grab for, but in actuality this pizza cost me about $8 to make. All it takes is 2 lemons, some creme fraiche, smoked salmon, and some homemade pizza dough. It’s an impressive looking pizza and it tastes nothing like I’ve ever had before. It would seem that slicing up a lemon, putting it on a pizza and cooking it would be weird. Because, um, you’re eating a whole slice of lemon.  But when the lemons are sliced this thinly, they’re seamless, and their slight bitterness is actually an attribute to the pizza.  And plus, you have the creme fraiche that sort of downplays it and paired with smoked salmon, it’s a total winner.  I’m going to be eating this pizza all summer long.

{In my opinion, there’s nothing better than cooking pizza on a stone, but the good ones can cost upwards of $50. An amazing alternative (via my Dad) is picking up two clay tiles (from Lowes or Home Depot), which will run you around $2 a piece, and placing them in your oven side-by-side. Put the pizza on parchment–like I have above–and put it directly on the hot clay tiles. It’ll give you the same result: a perfectly cooked crust, at a fraction of the cost.}

Lemon Pizza

Serves 8 as an appetizer

Recipe by Christopher Idone via The Wednesday Chef

The original recipe called for salmon caviar, but since I’m not a huge fan, I opted to go with smoked salmon.  Go with what you think is best!

12 ounces prepared pizza dough (I used Deb’s recipe for a really simple, fool-proof pizza dough)

2-3 lemons, ends trimmed and discarded, sliced paper thin, seeds removed

Freshly ground black pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup creme fraiche

4 ounces smoked salmon

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and roll dough out to roughly 12 inches in diameter and very thing – about 1/6-inch thick. Place on a greased sheet pan, or heat a pizza stone in the oven. Cover surface of dough with lemon slices, overlapping them very slightly. Sprinkle with pepper and olive oil. Transfer pizza to hot pizza stone or place the sheet pan in the oven.

Bake until dough is brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. If the lemons brown too quickly, cover the surface of the dough with foil until dough is cooked through.

Remove the pizza from the oven and let cool. Spread creme fraiche over the surface and dot with caviar (or in my case, smoked salmon). Cut into wedges and serve.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina May 14, 2010 at 4:25 am

Yum! This doesn’t even look like pizza…just pure goodness!


laura May 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

this looks so fantastic. and thanks for the pizza stone alternative idea! i am going to have to go to home depot this weekend.


julia May 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. And the tip of using clay tiles, I’m going to buy them today.


Adrianna May 14, 2010 at 9:37 am

Laura and Julia–Yay! Tell me how it turns out.


Polly May 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

This pizza looks amazing, however I must add…Supermarket Sweep was one of the best shows on television!!!! WHERE did it go???


Stefanie May 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

That pizza stone suggestion is so great! And that pizza looks divine… hello, my weekend!


Adrianna May 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

Polly, I ask the universe that question every day of my life. :)


Joanne May 14, 2010 at 11:07 am

I have a serious obsession with ringing myself up as well. It’s so strange. I especially love the produce part. Weird.

And yeah. That was a great show. Memories.

This pizza looks amazing! I would never have thought to just eat lemon like that!


Anna May 14, 2010 at 11:30 am

I would never have thought it, but that looks amazing!


Mollie May 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I just started dabbling in personal pizza production…


and I LOVE smoked salmon, so this may have to happen, STAT! Thanks for the genius idea!


veggie wedgie May 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Lemons on pizza sound like a great idea and they look pretty as well! I will definitely try it :)


Kirstin May 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Everybody thinks it’s really weird but I love eating whole pieces of lemon, aka, I think this pizza looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on some smoked salmon and try this.


Stella May 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Hey, this looks wonderful-saw it on T.S. I love smoked salmon with cream and any kind of citrus-great idea for a summer pizza!


Lindsay May 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This looks INCREDIBLE! Beautiful pictures :)



Lindsay May 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

LOVE the blog, by the way!! :)


baby cribs May 15, 2010 at 1:02 am

I wonder how this one tastes like! This is a nice idea. I never had this before.


Lexy May 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

I have a love/hate relationship with the self checkout–but it is fun! hahah….

This pizza looks to die for! Yum…





Adrianna May 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Lexy–When the voice gets confused/utterly spastic and tells you to put things back in the bag, etc., it makes me wanna punch it. But when it works, man, is it fun! So glad I’m not the only one! :)


Pamela May 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Wow, my jaw hurts just look at this. And it’s not because of the lemons, it’s because I’m strategizing a way to shove it all in my mouth at once. I guess I’m a little impatient, which is one reason why I can’t stand the self-checkout. My theory is that even if there is no line at the self-check out, it all comes out even in the end when you factor in the time it takes for the grocery robot to walk you through each step. And god forbid you get behind a senior citizen with some produce and some coupons. Forget about it. Hey gramdma, learn how to use you answering machine before navigating this rocket ship. Stick to the human to human interaction. Okay, now see I’ve got myself all worked up. I’m going to go make this pizza STAT.


Emily at Bonbon! May 17, 2010 at 1:48 am

I can’t believe I’m just now finding this blog. You have officially become my new food porn addiction. I pretty much need to try everything you’ve posted, starting with this pizza!



Angie May 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

This looks really great. I am always looking for new pizza ideas!


Stephanie @ Clockwork Lemon May 19, 2010 at 7:34 am

I used to love supermarket sweep.. what an awesome show.

This pizza looks so summery and tasty.. I can’t wait to try it


polwig May 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Don’t forget the coffee on supermarket sweep that was a lot but took at least a couple of minutes. I love this recipe but have never ever been able to find creme fraiche in any of the supermarkets around here.


sarah May 20, 2010 at 7:34 am

I must have this now. I am going to be thinking about this until I make it. I cannot wait. Thank you!


sweetbird May 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Wow. I’ve done a Meyer lemon tart before that uses the whole lemon like this, but I’d never thought about a savory application. This looks and sounds delicious. I’ll have to try it out next time I see some Meyers – the standard supermarket Eurekas are just too bitter for me to try like this.


gicasa September 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

well,this kind of food looks great,i want to cooking it.some one can help me?


papa johns mocksville nc July 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

the same thing happened to the papa johns in nc


sealed prison mattresses August 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

looks alittle lemony


Brittany Black November 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm

This looks amazing! I’ve never considered putting actual lemon slices. I usually just squeeze some lemon juice on a lighter homemade pizza.

Randomly came across your blog tonight and it’s great! I’ll be checking back frequently to see what other great recipes you have to offer.



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