whole wheat flour pastrami pizza

How to Make Whole Wheat Pastrami Pizza at Home

Pastrami is a smoked and cured dream if you fancy deli meat. And if you place it on pizza, you get a rock star combination. The meat itself has so much flavor. It is seasoned with coriander, garlic, allspice, paprika, mustard seed, black pepper, and more. That is why the only other toping I add is sliced bell peppers (aside from mozzarella cheese) when I am making pastrami pizza. It is definitely a quick and tasty way to enjoy homemade yummy slices.

Note that the whole wheat pastrami pizza recipe is a healthier choice when compared to most other meat and sausage pizza varieties. Pastrami is dried meat and usually has lower calories than other salami types. It is a European invention. New Yorkers got hooked to pastrami in the late 1800s by Sussman Volk, who got the recipe from his Romanian friend. As time went by, pastrami became popular, and now it is an indispensable addition to various sandwich and pizza recipes.

Whole wheat flour is the other healthy ingredient in this formula. It has more fibers and protein when compared to all-purpose flour. There is no need to be scared of whole wheat flour. Once you get experienced with it, you can adjust your all-purpose recipes without any issues. The good news is that your pizza will be much tastier if you know how to balance it. Note that we still use all-purpose flour with a 1/3 ratio. You can make the dough completely from whole wheat flour if you prefer. However, you need the increase the water amount by about 1/2 cup. This is simply because that whole wheat flour can absorb more water than all-purpose.

Whole wheat pastrami pizza recipe

You do not need to knead this dough too much. The important part is the fermentation process. Let the dough rest for an hour before shaping it into pizza. Also, let it rest for another 30 minutes after you shape it. You can use your bread maker machine for the whole wheat pizza recipe. However, the dough program tends to knead the dough too much. Here is a quick tip for you. I turn off the bread maker once the initial kneading is over, and remove the dough. Please check your product manual for your specific equipment. It usually takes about 20-30 minutes for the initial kneading (before the first rise) to be over. Also, check our other pizza recipes that you can prepare with a bread maker machine.

How to Make Whole Wheat Pastrami Pizza at Home

Recipe by OzgurCourse: Dinner, LunchCuisine: PizzaDifficulty: Easy


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  • Dough:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup lukewarm water

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered garlic

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Sauce:
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 Oz – 425 g)

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Toppings:
  • 4 Oz. (110 g) sliced pastrami

  • 8 Oz (225 g) mozzarella cheese

  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced thinly


  • Pizza dough:
  • Mix the whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour in a large bowl.
  • Make a hole in the center and add the lukewarm water, honey, and yeast.
  • Let the mixture get foamy for a minute.
  • Add the olive oil, powdered garlic, salt, and start kneading with a spatula or by hand.
  • Set aside once you get a slightly sticky and soft dough.
  • Place the dough on the dusted counter and cover with a damp towel.
  • Let it rise for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 500 °F (250 °C) or the highest setting.
  • Roll the dough into a round pizza shape.
  • Let it rest for another 30 minutes before adding sauce and toping.
  • Pizza sauce:
  • Add all the sauce ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.
  • Bringing it together:
  • Brush the dough with pizza sauce.
  • Place 1/2 of the grated mozzarella cheese on the pizza dough.
  • Place the pastrami slices.
    pastrami pizza ingredients
  • Add the sliced bell peppers.
  • Add the rest of the grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.
    Baking pizza at home


  • You can substitute the honey in this recipe with equal amounts of white sugar. Honey is a healthier choice, but feel free to use regular sugar if you prefer.
  • You can garnish the pastrami pizza with fresh rocket leaves and thinly sliced green onions after you remove it from the oven.

Is whole wheat good for pizza?

You get more fiber, nutrients, vitamins, and protein from whole wheat flour. But more importantly, you get more flavor. The whole wheat flour dough will be heavier in comparison to a dough made with all-purpose flour. Therefore, you need to adjust and improve the fermentation process. Additionally, you might have to increase the ratio of leavening agents in the recipe. In general, a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour provides the best rest results.

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