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All the flavors of a favorite Americanized Chinese takeout appetizer in... a pizza?! Someone shared a recipe for a version of crab rangoon pizza on a local Facebook group that I belong to, and I was intrigued. Quickly, several other members tried it and shared photos of their own results, and everyone agreed it was a life-changing pizza.
Welp, that did it, I knew I had to make a version for myself. I was shocked at just how good this was!!
What is a Crab Rangoon?
Commonly found on the takeout menus of popular Chinese restaurants, a crab rangoon is, typically, a deep-fried wonton wrapper stuffed with a mixture of crab, cream cheese, green onion, and other spices.
What does Crab Rangoon Pizza Taste Like?
Honestly? It tastes exactly like a crab rangoon. It's so good!! The pizza is topped with identical filling ingredients - cream cheese, crab, green onion, and Worcestershire sauce - drizzled with a spicy-sweet chili sauce (typically used for dipping crab rangoon). You even get the crunch from including crunchy wonton strips on top! There's also lots of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, of course, because... pizza.
I started with a 16oz ball of fresh pizza dough that I purchased from the bakery section of my local Kroger. Most grocery stores will sell pizza dough like this, though you're welcome to use your favorite homemade dough or any other packaged dough for a 14" (large) pizza. I pressed my crust out to somewhere between thick and thin, but again, you can make the crust to your preference.
To add some extra texture and crunch to the crust, I sprinkled a small amount of yellow cornmeal over the dough before par-baking. This is an optional step and you can skip it if you want.
Do I Have To Use Fresh Crab?
Fresh crab meat is not cheap. Y'all know this. I know this. So if you're trying this recipe out for the first time, go ahead and use a good imitation crab instead. Nothing wrong with that, and you'll get a good gauge for next time on whether you want to spring for the real stuff.
What About Those Wontons?
The pizza is topped with crunchy wonton strips, which are available premade at most grocery stores. If you can't find them, you can fry your own by cutting wonton wrappers into strips and frying in hot oil on the stove.
This is a really unique pizza flavor and I know you all will enjoy it as much as we did!
How to Make Crab Rangoon PizzaPrint
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