John Hurkes, a chef at The Bulldog N.E. in Minneapolis, has combined his love of thrash metal and all-things culinary to create the most delicious and badass masterpiece to grace a dinner table: the Slayer pizza. Sure, we’ve seen the controversial burger named after Swedish metal band Ghost, and even GWAR’s tangy brand of BBQ sauce, but this pie takes musical delicacies to another level entirely.
As Metal Insider points out, the pentagram-shaped pizza draws inspiration from Slayer’s iconic 1986 album, Reign In Blood, and is gruesomely splattered with “blood,” aka “altar wine gastrique.” Another brilliant and devilish detail to the pie? Hurkes encourages homecooks to use communion wafers to make the crust. (If only I was still an altar server, I’d be raiding the wafer stash this very moment.) Of course, he insists that the only way to consume such a meal is … “Piece By Piece”!
Below, check out the full recipe for the Slayer pizza (plus a bunch of great Slayer puns), courtesy of Hurkes and the food blog Rice and Bread.
Ingredients: Chopped Fra Mani toscano, soppressata, finocchiona, Cypress Grove “Lamb Chopper” cheese, house marinara, signature communion wafer crust, and an altar wine gastrique.
Tasting notes: “Behold, the Slayer pizza. A vast sadistic feast, the only way to eat it is going piece by piece. The flour was stone ground from 350 communion wafers and kneaded together on an altar of sacrifice. It’s baked at a chilly 400 degrees and finished as the communion wafer crust starts to burn. These delicious ingredients were almost all purveyed from California, where it is said that thrash metal has its roots. As the pizza is sliced and “Angel of Death” is unleashed, you will scream along with the first taste. The smooth tang of the sheep’s milk cheese is offset in quintessential madness with the handcrafted salami. Like Jesus on the cross, heavy guitars rip through meat and cheese, exposing the unholy red sauce underneath. With the whirlwind beating of drums and those classic Slayer riffs, the pizza is soaked with a torrential altar wine gastrique. Raining blood from a lacerated pie! It should take just under 30 minutes to finish, and with six and a half years worth of communion bread servings you might want to share it with your friends.”
Revisit the Reign In Blood highlights “Raining Blood” and “Piece By Piece”: