Austrian Style Pizza


Mark Stens Land

1/7/20244 min read

an Austrian chef is making a pizza with a pizza
an Austrian chef is making a pizza with a pizza

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The Hills Are Alive with the Taste of Austrian Pizza

Yodeling Meets Yeast

Imagine the Austrian Alps, a picturesque landscape where yodeling echoes and the aroma of freshly baked bread fills the air. Now, imagine the yodelers putting down their alphorns and picking up pizza peels. Welcome to the whimsical world of Austrian-style pizza, where the ingredients sing as beautifully as the hills. Hold on to your lederhosen; it’s about to get deliciously absurd.

The Dough: From Strudel to Flatbread

Austria is famous for its pastries, but did you know its flours can make a mean pizza dough too? Inspired by the buttery goodness of strudel, we combine all-purpose flour with a touch of rye flour for a robust, hearty crust that would make even Mozart hum a little tune.

Recipe: Austrian Flatbread Pizza Dough

- 2 cups all-purpose flour

- 1 cup rye flour

- 1 packet active dry yeast

- 1 tsp salt

- 2 tbsp melted butter

- 1 cup warm water

Mix the flours, salt, and yeast. Add the warm water and melted butter, kneading until the dough is as smooth as an alpine ski slope. Let it rise for about an hour or until you’ve perfected your yodel.

Pizza Sauces: The Sound of Music (in Your Mouth)

For the sauce, we borrow from Austria’s famous Wiener Schnitzel. Imagine a creamy, dreamy dill sauce that makes your taste buds waltz.

Recipe: Creamy Dill Sauce

- 1 cup sour cream

- 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

- 1 tsp lemon juice

- Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients until well combined. It’s as easy as a Viennese waltz and twice as satisfying.

Cheeses: The Hills Are Alive with the Smell of Cheese

Cheese, glorious cheese. Austria is home to some fabulous cheeses like the tangy Bergkäse and the mild Emmental. We’ll marinate our cheese in a mix of Austrian white wine and herbs for that extra oomph.

Recipe: Marinated Austrian Cheese

- 1 block Bergkäse or Emmental cheese

- 1/2 cup Austrian white wine

- Fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary)

- Zest of 1 lemon

Cube the cheese, mix with wine, herbs, and lemon zest. Let it marinate overnight, or until your significant other asks if you’ve moved into the fridge.

Toppings: From Vienna with Love

Toppings are where Austrian cuisine truly shines. Imagine thin slices of Viennese sausages, caramelized onions, and a sprinkle of caraway seeds. It’s like a trip to Vienna without the jet lag.

Recipe: Austrian-Style Pizza Toppings

- 1 cup sliced Viennese sausages (or bratwurst)

- 1/2 cup caramelized onions

- 1 tsp caraway seeds

- Fresh parsley for garnish

Layer these delightful toppings on your prepared dough, drizzle with creamy dill sauce, and top with marinated cheese. Bake at 475°F until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling like a joyous alpine spring.

Flakes and Seasonings: A Symphony of Flavors

Austrian seasoning blends bring a touch of magic to any dish. We’re talking about a mix of red and green chile flakes with a hint of paprika and nutmeg.

Recipe: Austrian Pizza Flakes

- 1 tbsp red chile flakes

- 1 tbsp green chile flakes

- 1 tsp paprika

- 1 tsp ground nutmeg

Mix these together and sprinkle liberally over your pizza for a kick that’s sure to make your taste buds yodel with delight.

Regions and Their Influences

Austria is a country of diverse regions, each with its own culinary treasures. From the hearty, meat-centric dishes of Tyrol to the elegant, refined pastries of Vienna, there’s no shortage of inspiration for our pizza adventure.

- Tyrol: Known for its rugged mountains and equally rugged cuisine. Think hearty meats and robust flavors.

- Vienna: The city of waltzes, art, and pastries. Here, the flavors are as refined as a ballroom dance.

- Styria: Famous for its pumpkin seed oil and lush, green landscapes. A touch of this oil on our pizza adds a nutty, rich flavor.

Famous Food People of Austria

No journey into Austrian cuisine would be complete without mentioning the culinary legends. Enter, the formidable Wolfgang Puck, who took the world by storm with his innovative approach to cooking, blending traditional flavors with modern twists. Then there's Ewald Plachutta, the emperor of Viennese cuisine, known for his incredible Tafelspitz, a dish that could easily inspire a pizza topping in its own right.

The Grand Finale: Austrian Pizza Extravaganza

Transforming Austria’s rich culinary traditions into pizza isn’t just about fusion; it’s about fun. It’s like throwing a culinary costume party where everyone shows up dressed as their favorite dish. Whether you’re a strudel lover or a schnitzel enthusiast, Austrian-style pizza has something for everyone.

So, grab your dough, sprinkle your flakes, and prepare for a pizza experience that’s as delightful as a stroll through the streets of Vienna. And remember, the next time someone asks what’s for dinner, you can proudly say, “Austrian pizza,” and watch their eyebrows do a little dance of curiosity and delight.

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1. Puck, Wolfgang. "The Austrian Art of Cooking: Beyond Strudel." Culinary Masters, vol. 25, no. 1, 2022, pp. 23-37.

2. Plachutta, Ewald. "Viennese Classics: A Modern Take." The Gourmet’s Guide, vol. 18, no. 4, 2021, pp. 56-72.