The sauce for the fries, of course. But canned salmon and strawberries? What does this have to do with Spokane?
Earlier this week, TikToker and YouTuber Josh Scherer posted a video on their various streaming platforms explaining a supposedly “Spokane-style” pizza recipe.
Scherer starts the video by putting a ball of pizza dough into a baking dish, the first hint that something is wrong with the recipe to follow.
Scherer then adds the sauce for the fries, a “local delicacy” as he calls it.
Then he adds canned salmon. Like this. Canned food. Another red flag.
After the salmon, he adds bell peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese.
Then he tops the pie with “fodder soil” and more cheese. At this point, the locals may ask, “Strawberries? You don’t mean blueberries? Even apples?
Adam Show, head chef at Flying Goat, said he agreed with the idea of adding capped ingredients. But if it were up to him, he would look for morels or nettles.
“My first impression is that this is a joke,” Shov said of Scherer’s video. “All the ingredients he put in there can obviously go on a pizza, but all together? I do not like it”.
When it comes to pizza, Shov knows that Spokane can fall short of some unconventional favorites like Flying Goat’s Fairview pizza, made with heavy cream, cheese mix, bacon, pears and gorgonzola crumble, topped with white balsamic sauce; or “D” Street pizza with yellow coconut curry, cheese mix, potatoes, carrots, chicken, jalapenos, sriracha, cilantro, and lime juice.
At Pizza Rita, locals love “Rita” (pepperoni, beef, sausage, onions, mushrooms, olives and green peppers) and the even meatier “five-pound pizza,” said pizza chef Tiffany Brown.
“We love our toppings and always try to convey all the flavors. But that’s a lot,” she said of Scherer’s creation.
On the Internet, Scherer is also known as “The Mythical Chef,” a nickname he earned for his association with the Good Mythic Morning YouTube channel and its hosts, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neil. On YouTube, Scherer often cooks increasingly absurd meals for the duo.
Brown, who is familiar with Rhett and Link, says the recipe was not far from what Sherer usually imagines.
“I saw what they were eating… interesting to watch,” she said. “I just want to know how confusing their taste is – because what they eat is all pretty mythical.”
“Blueberries and salmon? Why not?” she said. “Going crazy about it is not that I particularly want to eat it on pizza.”
The kitchen manager at David’s Pizza was at a loss for words.
“I guess I just have to ask how he came up with that?” Adam Grove said. How is it in the Northwest? We’re pretty traditional in Spokane – people don’t go crazy with their pies.”
At David’s Pizza, a local favorite is Da Vinci with red sauce, mozzarella, feta cheese, plenty of basil pesto, fresh tomatoes and parmesan.
David’s Pizza owner Mark Starr remembers making salmon pizza for friends and family about 15 years ago.
“It was based on olive oil, basil pesto, mozzarella, fontina cheese, salmon and some cilantro fresh out of the oven,” he said.
Unfortunately, Starr felt it was too adventurous to make it onto the official menu.
“If I told anyone that I’m putting salmon on pizza right now, I don’t know what they would do to me,” he said.