What Makes a Spokane-Style Pizza? A TikToker came up with a hoax recipe, but here’s what local foodies are saying that really matters

Gravy, of course. But canned salmon and strawberries? What does this have to do with Spokane?

TikToker and YouTuber Josh Scherer released a video on its various streaming platforms earlier this week explaining an alleged “Spokane-style” pizza recipe.

Scherer begins the video by spreading a ball of pizza dough in a casserole dish, the first clue that something is wrong with the following recipe.

Scherer then adds gravy, “a local delicacy,” as he calls it.

Next he adds canned salmon. It’s correct. cans. Another red flag.

After the salmon, he adds peppers, onions, and mozzarella cheese.

Then he tops the cake with “wild strawberries” and more cheese. At this point, locals may ask, “Strawberries? Don’t you mean blueberries? Even apples?”

Adam Shove, chef at The Flying Goat, said he agreed there was something to the idea of ​​adding harvested ingredients. But if it were up to him, he would look for morels or stinging nettles.

“My first instinct is this is a joke,” Shove said of Scherer’s video. “All the components he put in there can of course go on pizza, but all together? I’m not convinced of that.”

When it comes to pizza, Shove knows that Spokane can get behind some unconventional favorites, like the Flying Goat’s Fairview pizza, which is made with cream, cheese mix, back bacon, pears and gorgonzola crumbles and topped with white balsamic reduction; or the “D” Street Pizza with yellow coconut curry, cheese blend, potatoes, carrots, chicken, jalapeno, sriracha, cilantro, and lime juice.

At Pizza Rita, locals love “the Rita” (pepperoni, beef, sausage, onion, mushroom, olives and green peppers) and the even meatier “5-pounder,” said pizza maker Tiffany Brown.

“We love our toppings and always try to bring out all the flavors. But that’s a lot,” she said of Scherer’s creation.

Scherer is also known online as “The Mythical Chef,” a nickname he earned due to his affiliation with the Good Mythical Morning YouTube channel and its hosts Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. On YouTube, Scherer often prepares increasingly absurd meals for the duo.

Brown, who knows Rhett and Link, says that this recipe wasn’t far from the kind of dishes Scherer usually presents.

“I’ve seen what they eat … it’s fun to watch,” she said. “I just want to know how confused their taste buds are – because what they eat – it’s all pretty mythical.”

“Blueberries and salmon? Why not?” She said. “Go ahead with that — not that I’m keen on having that on a pizza, either.”

The chef at David’s Pizza was at a loss for words.

“I guess I’d just have to ask how did he come up with that?” said Adam Grove. “How’s this Northwest? We’re pretty traditional in Spokane — people don’t go wild with their cakes.”

At David’s Pizza, the local favorite is “the Da Vinci” with red sauce, mozzarella, feta cheese, a large strudel of basil pesto, fresh tomatoes and parmesan.

Mark Starr, owner of David’s Pizza, remembers making a salmon pizza for friends and family about 15 years ago.

“It was olive oil, basil pesto, mozzarella, fontina cheese, salmon and a little bit of cilantro, just as it comes out of the oven,” he said.

Unfortunately, Starr felt it was a bit too adventurous to ever make it onto an official menu.

“If I had told someone I was putting salmon on pizza now, I don’t know what they would have done to me,” he said.

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