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Gourmet pizza, emulating Chinese dumplings!

Written by Nazarina on November 13th, 2009


How to make food soar!

(old blog www.giddygastronome.blogspot.com)

Gourmet pizza “dumplings/buns”

Is  there anything more scrumptious than a homemade crispy crust with  a slightly piquant fruity tomato sauce pizza? These pizza  “dumplings” turned out just the way I wanted them to and the healthy return of  smiles and hugs were all that I ever wanted! Truly, this gamble paid off and I must confess that it would be a profitable asset on a “culinary Wall Street” if there was one! Boooyah! as Cramer would say!!!

The only limit to making pizza is taste and imagination!

I made these gourmet  “pizza buns”  by emulating the  Chinese dumpling concept and as they baked, some of the sauce and the cheese oozed out making this cool  design! I thought they looked pretty darn  spectacular and the taste absolutely phenomenal!

Can you see how the dough cracked just a little on the bottom? This is an indication of that thin,  crispy pizza crust! The savory roast chicken and homemade sausage , the sauce, oven roasted veggies, freshly grated cheeses and this crispy crust  made these dumplings a smashing big hit!


There are so many tips I have to share  in making this gently  simmered, fruity tomato sauce, one being, adding a tablespoon of imported  fruit chutney at the very end, which only  dissipates  into this sea of  lipstick colored lycopene and giving  it a slightly sweet and spicy flavor. It was so darn good,  so much so, that I had to bake extra pizza dough for everyone to “mop” up  this mouth-watering sauce!


I stuffed the pizza with roast chicken, oven roasted veggies, piquant tomato  sauce  and sausage that I made from scratch.


I just had to make a vegetarian version as well…roasted potato slices (caramelized)  on the bottom, freshly grated Parmigiano  and mozzarella  on top of the potatoes, followed by a layer of the piquant tomato sauce and some roasted zucchini ribbons in the form of a lattice. My pizza crust always bakes  crispy with a little “chewiness” in the middle!  I have lots of tips here as well so as not to make the dough rise too excessively during  baking! Also,  it is very important to use an aluminum pizza pan because of its  excellent heat  conductivity and not forgetting the good old pizza stone!


As you can see there are lots of chopped basil and fresh oregano  and other surprises in the dough itself. I always let  my pizza dough  rest in the refrigerator overnight as this phenomenon will make it rise slowly and develop its flavor more gradually and ultimately  yield that gorgeous crispy crust that we so adore!


Everybody was beside themselves when I opened the oven door taking out the chicken & my homemade sausage  which by the way was for the pizza! They wanted to finish it and I had to put my foot down and say NO! I am such a pushover sometimes, I gave in and had to prepare more!



My friend purchased this log home in the mountains and converted it into a bed and breakfast. It is  about an hour and a half away from me on a sunny day but when it snows, it takes me longer to get there. It is about fifteen miles from Breckenridge ski resort so you know that he has a gold mine on hand!

He really wants me as a partner in this venture ( for the cooking part), but I miss my family too much during the winter when I have to stay over for long periods when the road home is totally inaccessible. Last week-end I gathered all my pots and pans and pretty  table cloths and headed down there to give him a hand and on the menu were these “pizza buns” of course. Both he and  the guests begged me to stay and cook some more” deliciously exciting dishes” as they put it! LOL!  I do bake scones, cookies, cakes and just  whatever I can and take it down to him  on some week-ends.



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27 Comments so far ↓

  1. The pizza buns look fabulous – what a creative unique idea! I love how pretty the pizza with zucchini ribbons is too!

  2. lucyNo Gravatar says:

    Starting w/the pizza dough, wonderful flavor additions, the pizza buns look terrific as well as the zucchini ribbon topped pizza…. yummy!

  3. zurinNo Gravatar says:

    Those pizza buns are spectacular…that is really creative ..making those snips allowing the pizza sauce to ooze our a little…very delicious looking….n m sure your friend’s bed n breakfast would well with your help..what a lovely place it is.

    This recips is a keeper..tq for sharing..m bookmarking these right now !:)

  4. PalidorNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, what a great idea! I love the idea of pizza in a Chinese bun style. How do you come up with such creative foods??

  5. zurinNo Gravatar says:

    oh I just realized there is no recipe at the end! Its the tips ur sharing. wh is great anyway :)) still bookmarking it to remind me of what I can do with a pizza dough!

  6. kak emyNo Gravatar says:

    Lady Naza,

    Your blog makes my mouth waters and my tummy rumbling. I have missed visiting since I was busy (indeed) with Harith and my own updates.

    Mananya resipi sausage that you made yourself? Boleh shareand boleh ajar?


  7. ReeniNo Gravatar says:

    What delicious little pizza treats! Good tips on crust making. I will be sure to plan ahead and try it out. The bed and breakfast guests are so lucky to have your scrumptious baking! Hope all is well with you. *HUGS*

  8. Okay…those dumplings look so yummy! Awesome blog!


  9. mmmm…those dumplings look sooo yummy! Awesome blog!


  10. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Your pizza buns are making my tummy rumble! As are your other intrepretations.
    No wonder your friend with the new venture is begging you to come cook for them… and I’m certain they consider themselves fortunate to get your dishes on the weekends!

  11. SomaNo Gravatar says:

    Love the cute idea of the pizza buns. This is something my kids will definitely love! and us too 😉

  12. Jo A. T.B.No Gravatar says:

    Hi Naz,

    Wow another brilliant post succulent and mouth wateringly delicous food! My daughter would absolutely love these, being a pizza lover!

    Hey you know what I’m going to say next, don’t give away your recipes, you may want to open up a place of your own in the future! Partnerships between friends can go awry, and you have more to loose, cause they already have the building! Do as you please, but I’m just thinking you have so much talent to give it away, even if they pay you for it! Just looking out for you sweet friend!

    Email you soon with more news on my end! Hugs and love, Jo ~

  13. NachiketaNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a totally wonderful n yummy post, very creative indeed 🙂

  14. graceNo Gravatar says:

    a weave of zucchini ribbons. oozy, cheese-stuffed balls of pizza (with an awesome addition of fruity chutney!)(and homemade sausage, no less!!). a very cool log cabin.
    yep, this post is full of win. 🙂

  15. Gorgeous blog! Those pizza buns look so yummy!

  16. JoanneNo Gravatar says:

    These pizza buns are a great idea! That dough looks amazing. So many good seasonings in it. I am definitely bookmarking it to make.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. You have so many great recipes on here, I can’t wait to explore more!

  17. Tina MarieNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I really like your photography, wonderful photos of some great looking food.

  18. ochikeronNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Nazarina!

    Wow! Your creation is always wonderful!!! I wish I could try your pizza bun.

    What a nice log home! Interesting, but I understand you miss your family 😉

  19. I am sitting here without eat breakfast…now I feel I have to stand up to eat something…

    In the weekend I gonna have guests..what a great idea the \"pizza buns\"! Thank You!

    Have a nice day!

  20. Valerie M.No Gravatar says:

    Thanks for your comment on my little blog. I’m so glad I got to come see yours because you have the most beautiful food!

  21. CarolinaNo Gravatar says:

    Your site is gorgeous! I am so happy to visit it. Truly a work of art.

  22. MoniqueNo Gravatar says:

    I would love the recipe:) they are the cutest pizzas I have seen:)

  23. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    Many thanks to all of you for your thoughts! I really do appreciate the input! As some of you already know that I am currently writing a cook book and this recipe is featured in the book.More often than not, I do give you a complimentary detailed recipe but did not have sufficient time so rest assured there will be a next time that I will oblige !786



  24. ann marieNo Gravatar says:

    Your blog has the most delicious looking food I have EVER seen!
    You need to be on the food network!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.. so I could find yours!

    Are you a personal chef for someone?? Because YOU SHOULD BE!!

  25. TeresaNo Gravatar says:

    Nazarina my friend. I love those buns. They look delicious. Great job. Have a wonderful holiday.

  26. The pizza buns look fascinating!!
    A daily staple hehe 😀

    Happy Thanksgiving!!



  27. TiffaneeNo Gravatar says:

    The pizza buns look devine!! Yum!! How exciting to cook for the bed and breakfast. I would love to be one of the guests you cook for. Good luck in all!!

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