If there was one food to have the rest of my life, that food would be pizza. You can make pizza savory, sweet, spicy, cauliflower crust, vegetarian, or even gluten free. I have made pizza dough with wheat flour, tested to see if my crust can then be frozen and experimented how long to let the crust rest for ultimate fluffiness. For dinner I made an amazing discovery, Crab Rangoon Pizza. It is the epitome of two of my favorite meals. Even our four kids LOVED this pizza.
Published September 30, 2021
Updated March 15, 2022
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Start with a good pizza dough
Pizza dough is one recipe that I feel has been perfected. With a few simple ingredients you can have three homemade doughs that can be customizable to your likes. Do you like chicken, alfredo, marinara, BBQ, sausage, or Italian sausage? You can literally make pizza into any flavor and kind that you want. The base of pizza is its dough. Once you have found a dough recipe that you and your family like, it is really easy to make and do often. Using my KitchenAid mixer, I was able to then get a recipe for pizza dough that is perfect.
I think that is why I could eat it if it was my only meal ever. This recipe is enough for three pizza crusts and two crab Rangoon pizzas. Blending the two meals together was Tyler’s idea. A coworker mentioned Crab Rangoon pizza they had at a restaurant, and we went about making it from scratch.
Cost Breakdown for This Recipe
Another factor to consider with pizza is the cost. A good frozen pizza at the grocery store can cost upwards of $9, while the cheapest is closer to $3. Now, these have a huge range for many reasons, is it gluten free, what kind of cheese and sauce is used and how many ingredients does it have? All of these can make the cost of a pizza small or incredibly expensive.
If you were to order a pizza, you would look at spending $10-$30 a pizza depending on where you order. With our family of six with one income, we cannot afford to spend half our weekly food budget on pizza once. Instead of ordering pizza, or buying pizza, we found a cost-effective way to still have restaurant style pizza at a fraction of the cost. Below is the cost breakdown for making two Crab Rangoon Pizzas.
Cream Cheese $1.09
Garlic clove $0.06
Green Onion $0.25
Sesame Oil $0.10
Worcestershire sauce $0.02
White sugar $0.20
Soy Sauce $0.18
Total Cost $5.80 for two Crab Rangoon Pizzas! That is $2.90 for each pizza.
Other than the delicious factor, the amazingly inexpensive cost of making pizza from scratch is one of my favorite things. To feed our family of six, homemade from scratch pizza is the best cost for our money.
Crab Rangoon Pizza Recipe
Pizza Dough Ingredients
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp salt
5 cups flour
4 Tbsp oil
Pizza Dough Directions
Click the link above for my blog about how to make the perfect pizza dough!
1. Mix 2 cups warm water and 1 Tbsp yeast in the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer and let sit five minutes.
2. When the mixture is frothy, add 2 1/2 cups flour and mix well on low until fully combined.
3. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 Tablespoon salt and 4 Tablespoons oil and mix on low until a smooth dough forms.
4. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place in a bowl that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover with plastic wrap and rest for 20-minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Crab Rangoon Pizza Ingredients
12-ounce cream cheese
1 garlic clove
3 green onions
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp Ketchup
2 Tbsp corn starch
Part of this recipe is using Sweet Chili Sauce. It is incredibly easy to make and is packed with the most delicious flavor. This recipe makes two jars and also enough to top two pizzas with some leftover.
Directions for Crab Rangoon Pizza
1. Add half of the crab, 4-ounce cream cheese, 1 garlic clove, 1 green onion, 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce in a Food Processor bowl and blend until smooth.
My mother-in-law Christina gifted me this Cuisinart Food Processor for my birthday this year! I have made Crab Rangoon filling many times, but this honestly was the BEST! It was creamy, blended perfectly and was a smooth texture. Thanks Chris!
2. When pizza dough has rested, divide it into three even sections. To divide it, I have found it is easiest to use a large knife or a pizza cutter and divide it into three even amounts. If you are using a metal baking sheet, spray it with a non-stick spray before spreading the dough into the crust shape.
3. On a baking sheet, spread the one dough ball into a 12-inch circle, and using a spoon add dollops of cream cheese crab mixture onto the pizza dough, or spread it all over. With one pizza I spread the cream cheese mixture out evenly and the second I used a spoon to place chunks of the mixture on the crust.
4. Cut the remaining crab into small pieces and spread them out on the top of the crust.
5. With the remaining cream cheese, add it in small chunks around the pizza dough.
Sweet and Sour Sauce Directions
To make this sauce, you just add all of the ingredients needed in a saucepan and cook it until it thickens. The corn starch is the thickener for this recipe and works very well at keeping the sauce smooth. By adding the corn starch to the liquids while they are still cool, the starch blends and does not clump up.
When corn starch is added to warm liquids it can get clumpy. For this sauce, I added a dash of red pepper flakes to give it a little bit of a spicy kick. Just a pinch will do if you want to add it, or you can add more for a spicier sauce.
1. In a large saucepan, add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup vinegar, 2/3 cup water, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 Tbsp Ketchup and 2 Tbsp corn starch.
2. Whisk the ingredients together until blended and cook until it is boiling and thickened.
3. Lower the temperature and let it simmer until thick; around 5-minutes.
4. When sweet & sour sauce is thickened, add it in small drops onto the top of the pizza dough or use a spoon and spread it evenly over the pizza dough.
5. Slice green onion and sprinkle on top of the pizza.
6. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 400 degrees.
7. Remove the cooked pizza from the oven and drizzle the remaining sweet & sour sauce on top of the pizza.
Crab Rangoon Pizza Recipe
Crab Rangoon Pizza with From Scratch Sweet Chili Sauce
Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1/3 cup Vinegar
- 2/3 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Ketchup
- 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
Crab Rangoon Pizza Ingredients
- 8 oz Crab
- 12 oz Cream Cheese
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 3 Green Onions sliced
- 1 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Pizza Dough Ingredients
- 2 cups Warm Water
- 1 Tbsp Yeast
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 5 cups Flour
- 4 Tbsp Oil
Sweet and Sour Sauce
- In a large saucepan, add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup vinegar, 2/3 cup water, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 Tbsp Ketchup and 2 Tbsp corn starch.
- Whisk the ingredients together until blended and cook until it is boiling and thickened.
- Lower the temperature and let it simmer until thick; around 5-minutes.
Pizza Dough Directions
- Mix 2 cups warm water and 1 Tbsp yeast in the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer and let sit five minutes.
- When the mixture is frothy, add 2 1/2 cups flour and mix well on low until fully combined.
- Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 Tablespoon salt and 4 Tablespoons oil and mix on low until a smooth dough forms.
- Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place in a bowl that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Cover with plastic wrap and rest for 20-minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Make the Crab Rangoon Mixture
- Add half of the crab, 4-ounce cream cheese, 1 garlic clove, 1 green onion, 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce in a Food Processor bowl and blend until smooth.
- When pizza dough has rested, divide it into three even sections.
Assemble the Crab Rangoon Pizza
- On a pizza plate, spread the one dough ball into a 12-inch circle, and using a spoon add dollops of cream cheese crab mixture onto the pizza dough.
- Cut the remaining crab into small pieces and spread them out on the top of the crust.
- With the remaining cream cheese, add it in small chunks around the pizza dough.
- When sweet & sour sauce is thickened, add it in small drops onto the top of the pizza dough.
- Slice green onion and sprinkle on top of the pizza.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Remove the cooked pizza from the oven and drizzle the remaining sweet & sour sauce on top of the pizza.
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