Persian Pizza? [moved from San Francisco Bay Area, board
This is a long shot but does anybody remember a Persian cafe on Noriega at 19th Ave that among other things served a Persian Pizza? The owner (who regretably died of a heart attack in his restaurant one night) claimed he created the recpe himself because he inherited a pizza oven when he took over the lease for his restaurant. I'm looking for the recipe, or as much of a description as anybody might recall, to re-create the pizza.
Some of the key ingredients as I remember were a crust made out of rice, a topping with pomegranate seeds, saffron, lamb, and maybe mint?
I don't have a recipe for you but think the idea he came up with is interesting. Since, as you prob already know, the most prized part of a lot of persian rice dishes is the layer of crust which forms on the bottom and then is put on the top I believe. There is a special name forthat crust layer. I can't remember what it is.
Ingenious to make that kind of the base for a pizza with persian seasonings.
did you used to be on the boston board? when you do go to make this, do not put saffron on the top- it is horridly expensive and it will burn up w/o giving flavor. i suggest that you use it to flavor your rice liquid. you'd also want to sprinkle on your mint afetr it comes out of the oven and before serving. also, a tomato based sauce would be in keeping w/ persian foods.