No, the Spokane pizza is not real

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We’re here to settle a pizza feud who took off online this week. Josh Scherer, host of the Mythical cuisine Youtube channel (and, full disclosure, a friend of mine), posted a cooking video on TikTok about a style of pizza I had never heard of: Spokane, WA pizza. As the video explains, it start with a Detroit-style base and is topped with canned salmon, strawberries, peppers, onions and fried sauce (aka a combination of mayonnaise and ketchup). Wait what? Pizza in Spokane?

Here is the video:

“Spokane pizza is the the most underrated pizza, Scherer says in the video before dropping the dough into a baking dish to start the cooking demonstration. “You start with a Pyrex [glass pan], because Spokane actually invented the casserole dish. He continues to pile the dough with fried sauce, canned salmon, peppers, onions, a ton of mozzarella and strawberries. After the pie is baked, he adds another zigzag drizzle of fried sauce on top. Scherer says the concoction is “awesome” and that “I get why the whole city of Spokane…really loves this pizza.”

Spokane cries foul over Spokane pizza

As you can imagine, the reaction from the internet has mostly been of varying shades. “What the fuck is this?” Much of the social media storm has taken place on Twitter (of course), where people were mostly left scratching their heads. Scherer received a ton of responses on the videosome real Spokane people, who pretty much said his concoction was an abomination.

One user said, “As a Spokane native, this offends me. Expect a class action lawsuit shortly.

Another was a bit more outraged, saying, “This is NOT Spokane style pizza. I lived here for over 40 years and that’s not a thing. This has to be the worst tasting pizza ever and shouldn’t tarnish Spokane’s reputation for it.”

The people of Spokane may have been very offended by the pizza, but I wasn’t. “Canned salmon, strawberries, fried sauce…What’s not to love?” I wondered as I rolled on the floor in a small ball. Before my role at The takeaway, I spent five years as a pizza maker and during my tenureI spent a lot of time learning all things pizza. I decided to find out what I could about this suspicious regional style.

Is Spokane pizza a hoax?

I’m here to set the record straight:Tthere is no Spokane pizza. And if there wasI very much doubt that it is imply a mix of fish and fruit. (Once again, The Altoona style pizza surprised usso anything is possible.) But Though I’d like to think I know it all, I reached out to the source of it all fidget, Josh Scherer, to ask him directly whether or not it was a big troll. Much to my delight, he answered in great detail.

“I don’t know if I would call it trolling exactlybut it was definitely a joke,” Scherer said. “When you say ‘knock Knock’ and no one is actually there, were you trolling or telling a joke? »

Even if the pizza itself was a gag, the ingredients that Scherer chose for the Spokane pizza wasn’t totally random. “I put fried sauce on the pizza because I knew it was (loosely) associated with Spokane, and I wanted to use salmon because most people associate it with Washington State,” said he explained. And while the combination of fried sauce and fish on a Detroit-style pie with the cheese crust was probably pretty weird on its own, the fruit was, well, the icing on the cake.

“The strawberries were the finishing touch that I knew would piss people off,” he said. As we have seen with the Hawaiian stylefruit on a pizza can certainly make people unreasonably angry.

More than anything, Spokane-style pizza is a good lesson in why people shouldn’t take it all. they see on the Internet at face value. Scherer himself is somewhat amazed that so many people have been duped.

“I’m still so puzzled how people heard the phrase ‘Spokane invented the casserole and I didn’t think it was a joke,” he said. “No one invented the casserole! The casserole is not even a sufficiently defined dish to have an inventor! People have been throwing shit into large cooking pots for eternity! What the hell is he doing ‘Spokane invented the casserole even say?

Well, here’s the definitive answer, straight from the tap. But I had another question for Scherer: I had to know why the hell he chose Spokane, because it seemed like a hilarious place to troll.

“I chose Spokane because it’s a city that most people have probably heard of, but don’t know anything about,” he explained. “Also, I went there when I was 17 and had a great time, but now I think the whole town hates me. If they pick me up, I’d like to go.

As long as he does not show up holding a Pyrex dish full of fish and strawberry pizza, I think he will be fine.

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