Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kimchi Bulgogi Pizza

{ you'll never guess the secret ingredient in this pizza.  okay, you got me.  the title gives it away. }
You know those crazy Koreans who eat kimchi with everything?  Thanksgiving dinner, meatballs, Subway sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, pizza.  Yes, pizza. 

Just in case you don't know what kimchi is, it's fermented seasoned cabbage that's a staple in a Korean's diet.  It's usually served as a side dish ("bahn-chan") with the main meal.  Bulgogi is a deliciously marinated beef usually prepared with soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and sugar.  You can buy kimchi and bulgogi at most Asian markets.

I remember when someone first told me about kimchi bulgogi pizza back in college and raved about how good it was.  I thought she was completely nuts!  But when I finally tried it, I realized she was so right.

When I told my husband and sister-in-law I was making this for lunch this past Saturday, they gave me that "you're crazy" look, too.  I'm happy to say I've now converted them into believers.

I feel silly writing up a recipe for this when it's so basic.   So I'm just going to provide a pictorial on how this is assembled.

First, gather the ingredients:
Prepared pizza crust
Marinara sauce
Shredded mozzarella or Mexican cheese
Spinach, lightly sauteed
Kimchi, cut and fried with vegetable oil
Bulgogi, sliced and fried with vegetable oil

    Then, start assembling:

    Add marinara sauce on top of the pizza crust.
    Pile on the mozarella / Mexican cheese.

    Sprinkle with lightly sauteed spinach.

    Add fried kimchi.

    Add fried bulgogi.
    Bake pizza in oven set to 375 degree F for about 10-15 minutes
    until cheese is melted and crust is ready.

    When done, sprinkle more sauteed spinach on top.

    Finally, slice and serve:

    And await for happy smiles.

    Okay, so I didn't really give my son kimchi pizza because it's a bit spicy.  I made another pizza with marinara sauce, cheese, white beans, spinach and olives for the kids.  They loved it.  But I look forward to the day when I can share this delightful Korean twist to an Italian dish with my sons.

    There are so many variations you can make to this, so be adventurous!


    sweetsbysillianah said...

    kimchi, bulgogi, pizza...what's not to like?? this looks amazing... i want some right now!

    your son is a cutie pie - what a great photo! =)

    sweetsbysillianah said...

    btw, i'm sharing this w/ my fb friends! thanks!

    Raw_Girl said...

    Doesnt sound crazy at all! Amazing photos...and I wanna make love to that marinara sauce..YUM! :)

    What is bulgogi?

    dreamsofcakes said...

    Nice recipe. Cute baby :-))))))))))

    Lindsey said...

    I don't think this sounds crazy... it looks amazingly delicious!

    Rachel said...

    @raw_girl - Bulgogi is beef marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and sugar. It's absolutely delicious!

    @sillianah and dreamsofcakes - Thank you re: my son. He is a wonderful, happy boy!

    @Lindsey - Thank you!

    Don said...

    No, it's not crazy, Rachel. Just different. It beats the pants off of banana pizza or squid pizza, both of which I've seen in Italy. And I don't think I could do Japan's favorite topping either: eel.
    But Kimchi, bulgogi and spinach? I say go for it!

    Rachel said...

    @Don - Banana pizza? Squid pizza?? Hmmm... I wonder. And eel pizza? It depends on how the eel is prepared but that might not be too crazy. I'd be willing to try anything on a pizza as long as it's not alive or moving. :)

    NuM NuM said...

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. So nice to meet a fellow blogger. Love the kimchi pizza. I just made galbi tacos the other day- who knew korean food could be so versatile

    Rachel said...

    @num num - Galbi tacos? Oooh, that sounds so good. I will have to give it a try.

    Ling said...

    this looks DELICIOUS. And so easy to make as well. I love putting a kimchi twist on dishes

    Eftychia said...

    This pizza looks delicious! BTW the baby is so cute!!

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