It’s an easy and sophisticated take on New Haven-style Clam Pizza. This Lavash Pizza Recipe with Clams and Fresh Mozzarella has crispy edges, a gooey top of cheese, and packs huge garlic, chili and lemon flavor. Grab the pizza cutter and let’s get this party started!
Lavash bread is a thin, soft, unleavened flatbread that is commonly used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. You can find these ready-made wonders in the deli section of your supermarket. Trader Joe’s is famous for their lavash, but you can pick them up in almost any local market.
Besides using them for wraps, sandwich rolls and dipping into sauces, lavash flatbread makes the perfect thin crust pizza. When I first tried it with traditional red sauce toppings, I loved how sublimely crispy the crust became in just a few minutes in the oven. And I just knew it would be the perfect vessel for a simple clam pizza.
Frank Pepe’s in New Haven Connecticut put Clam Pizza on the map. With just a handful of ingredients, this seafood marvel is the height of simplicity with huge flavor. It’s one of my favorite seafood pizza recipes of all time. And since most of us don’t have a coal-fired oven in the yard to whip up a traditional clam pizza, lavash is the perfect shortcut crust!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this perfect recipe for lavash pizza:
Lavash Flatbread: Store bought is ideal! Or make your own using this easy recipe.
Garlic Olive Oil for Pizza: It’s the 5-minute white pizza sauce that will change your life! Follow the link to get the details.
Parmesan Cheese: I love the sharp nuttiness of Parmesan in this pizza. Substitute Asiago or Romano, if needed.
Fresh Mozzarella: The perfect mild and creamy cheese for our crispy pizza.
Shucked Clams: Nobody has time for clam shells on pizza. Buy shucked clams or even a quality can of clams and you’re good to go!
Lemon Zest: The rich cheese and briny clams deserve a little lemon zest in their lives. This bright flavor-booster is added after the pizza comes out of the oven, ensuring the zest remains fresh.
Italian Parsley: Substitute fresh basil or chives, if needed.
Full measurements and directions included in the printable recipe card below.
Step by step instructions for this Lavash Pizza Recipe:
Preheat oven to 400℉. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place lavash on the parchment.
Brush a few tablespoons of the garlic olive oil sauce for pizza over the top of the lavash. Sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese over the crust. Then evenly distribute the clams across the parmesan-covered crust.
Finally, break up the ball of fresh mozzarella over the lavash flatbread pizza.
Transfer the thin crust pizza to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted. Switch to broil for a minute to brown the top.
FAQ’s and Serving Suggestions:
Yes, you can use any type of lavash bread you prefer. However, it’s important to note that the thicker the bread, the less crispy your pizza crust will be.
Yes, you can make your own lavash bread from scratch. I’ve made this Delicious Lavash Recipe several times and it’s always been a big hit.
Lavash pizza is very flexible – you can use any of your favorite toppings. But it’s important not to overload the pizza, as this can make the bread soggy. But a thin coat of traditional pizza sauce, along with a handful of your favorite veggies like black olives, red onion and chili flakes topped with gooey fresh mozzarella and your homemade pizza party is ready to rock!
Lavash pizza tastes best the day you prepare it. If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container and reheat in a skillet (covered) over medium heat until the crust is crisp and the cheese melts. Alternately, heat in the microwave until just warmed through.