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And I don't mean anchovies! I'm thinking something along the lines of pickled sheeps brains (or whatever); things has have no business being on a pizza . . . until now.

I'm drawing a blank here so ya'll have to help me out.

TT

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  1. I use crumbled Feta on pizza's, but I have always felt that the combination of pineapple and ham, chicken of any sort or refried beans is absolute hearsay.

    I much prefer the simplicity of a pizza-Margaretha with fresh ingredients to the current fad's with 20 toppings and a crust that tastes like cardboard.

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    1. re: Kelli2006

      I use crumbled feta, along with rosemary chicken, kalamata olives, and red onion for a Greek inspired pizza. I guess that would ne a no-no for you?

      TT

      1. re: TexasToast

        Sounds yummy. This time of year I use figs from my tree with fennel sausage.

        1. re: Glencora

          sounds great

      2. re: Kelli2006

        Try feta with spinach and fried onion -- incredible.

      3. Egg.

        Here in TO we have a place that sells "Turkish" pizzas and some have an egg cooked on the top.

        DT

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        1. re: Davwud

          I've seen that before, with spinach, almost florentine style

          TT

          1. re: Davwud

            Yum! I first had eggs on pizza when I was traveling in Croatia (a ham-and-egg pizza in Zagreb, I think). Davwud, I'd love to know the name of that "Turkish" place for the next time I'm in TO.

            Thanks,
            Anne

            1. re: AnneInMpls

              I read egg is the #1 pizza topping in Japan.

              1. re: niki rothman

                Sounds pretty darn good.

          2. Mayo is a popular topping on pizza in Japan. There also is no such thing as a hawaiian pizza in Hawaii. Locals find pineapple on pizza disgusting.

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            1. re: rumgum

              We Americans aren't too keen on sweetcorn on our pizza, but in the U.K, it's a staple ingredient.

              TT

            2. I make a pizza with chicken livers, fontinella cheese and caramelized onions ...

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              1. re: cteats

                oh, hello mummy, that sounds like a great pizza!!!

                I personally don't think broccoli has any place on a pizza, but then again I've thrown pulled pork on pizza to make a sort of southern bbq pie so who am I to denigrate broccoli?

                1. re: WineWidow

                  "hello mummy" ==> LOL!

                2. re: cteats

                  that sounds awesome... do you roast/sautee the livers first, i presume?

                  1. re: cteats

                    I've got to make this.

                    1. re: cteats

                      I saute the chicken livers in olive oil, salt, pepper & fresh sage leaves, then add a little white wine and let it reduce down.

                      I caramalize onions simply with olive oil and some sugar.

                      I build the pizza thusly: shape crust, brush on a little olive oil, spread with grated fontinella, cook in hot oven about half way, remove and quickly spread on onions and scatter chicken livers. Spill some of the pan juices around. Cook rest of the way.

                      I've had kids from the neighborhood come by and ask for liver pizza ... I believe that is the first time that sentence has ever been uttered.

                    2. So, are you looking for "weird" or unusual toppings, or not just your average toppings? If the latter, I use corn a lot on my pizzas, esp. roasted corn!

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                      1. re: Katie Nell

                        When I was in the UK, tons of pizza joints had "tuna and sweetcorn" as a topping option.

                        1. re: piccola

                          I saw this in Germany too...wasn't brave enough to try it though.

                        2. re: Katie Nell

                          Well, I didn't see anyone mention venison yet, but I've had duck on a pizza which is fairly common now.

                          TT

                        3. I made a pizza this summer with zataar mixed with chevre and topped with more herbs and drizzled with olive oil.

                          We used caramelized onions and roasted tomatoes regularly. Also lots of fresh chopped chiles and oil-cured olives.

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                          1. re: cheryl_h

                            Mmmm, I like the zaatar idea...

                          2. After flying for twenty hours we arrived wide awake and hungry in Tokyo, Japan at two AM. Could only find a shrimp pizza, not bad.

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                            1. re: BluPlateSpec

                              I do a shrimp and green olive pizza. If you sautee the shrimp in white wine and lemon for a few minutes first, it makes for a very clean tasting pizza.

                              TT

                              1. re: TexasToast

                                Will try this. Thanks!

                            2. I had pizza with sliced dried figs once, it was good. Forget what else was in it, cheese of some kind, simple really. Don't know if that's unusual enough!

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                              1. re: morebubbles

                                My favorite pizza place has one with prosciutto, spinach, and fig and onion marmalade... it's my favorite!

                              2. I noticed on the Montreal board, Au Pied de Cochon, a creative restuarant in Montreal had a goat cheese, figs, foie gras, and guanciale pizza.

                                I'd love to try a pie of it.

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                                1. re: Infomaniac

                                  Infomaniac: That's easy - come to Montreal and try it! :)

                                  1. re: morebubbles

                                    I hope to be there in early October. I hope that pie is still available then...I'll ask for sure.

                                2. Brie & red pepper with roasted garlic & chilli flakes.

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                                  1. re: kitchensalli

                                    Sigh....

                                  2. So, I'm pretty open to different pizza toppings, and have had pizza a lot of different places....and I have to say that Sweden had the most incredibly bizarre choices I have ever come across. When I asked for plain cheese, everyone in my party and in the restaurant was confused... they asked "is that going to be enough?" I said to go ahead and put extra cheese on if they thought it would need it. When my pizza came, it only the slightest smattering of some kind of white cheese that was not mozzerella, over the thinnest possible veneer of plain tomato sauce. The others were crazy: 1) "kebab" meat (what I think of as gyro meat) with a salad of fresh lettuce on top, 2) dried beef with bechamel, 3) shrimp with bananas and curry sauce. I kid you not.

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                                    1. re: dee lannon

                                      When I was in Scotland recently, they served Deep Fried Pizza. Was told it was a national dish.
                                      It actually wasn't that bad.

                                      1. re: Infomaniac

                                        I think it's the Deep Fry part that is the Scottish national dish. I'm told they'll deep fry anything.

                                        :D

                                      2. re: dee lannon

                                        "shrimp with bananas and curry sauce." See, now THAT'S the kinda thing I was hoping to hear about!

                                        TT

                                      3. How about fried clams on pizza.

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                                        1. re: Infomaniac

                                          I've never tried fried clams, but I used to put steamed clams on my pizza all the time!

                                        2. Rub the pie with truffle salt, then sprinkle with chicken, mushrooms and just a hint of basil.

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                                          1. re: Walters

                                            What's weird about that? Sounds great!

                                            TT

                                            1. re: TexasToast

                                              Gotcha all beat...in CT there's a place called Randy's on wooster st. that has a great pie...for those that want a change of pace.........Bacon,Peanut Butter,&Provolone pie!!!!!!!!!!soooo goooood!!!!!

                                          2. Clams in their shells are a common pizza topping in Italy.

                                            1. At a reent party my unusual dessert pizza was:

                                              Plain pizza crust with caramel sauce and topped with
                                              crushed cornflakes
                                              banana slices
                                              sliced peaches
                                              grated gouda

                                              melted for 10 minutes.

                                              As a dessert it wasn't bad :)

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                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                I saw a chef on the Discovery channel "great Chefs" series that did a dessert pizza. I have made it for my daughter but I use a blind baked shortbread crust that is covered with a raspberry coulée. I use sliced strawberries,mint, blueberries and dried apples. I top with grated white chocolate. I place the finished pizza in a warm(200-F)oven for approximately 10 minutes to soften the chocolate. She and her college room-mates ask me to bring this snack every time I visit.

                                                1. re: Kelli2006

                                                  Kelli2006 that sounds yummy!

                                              2. I ate at a pizza place on the beach in Monkey Bay, Malawi many times (years ago). An Itialian expat had built a wood fire oven on the beach. A few chairs and a wooden table and thats it. The best offering was the special: bacon, thai chillies and banana.

                                                While working at a deli and pizza place we once got a call for a pizza with albumin. Turned out to be a prank, but we made it anyway.

                                                Right now I have a tin of smoked mussels I am planing on topping a homade pizza with, not sure what to pair with it though.

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                                                1. re: Hoosierland

                                                  Where did you get a tin of smoked mussels from? Are they any good?

                                                  TT

                                                  1. re: TexasToast

                                                    I got them at an Italian deli (cant remember the name) near City Market off Flrida Ave in DC. They are pretty good, nice smoked flavor, but a little bit of a chalky texture.

                                                    1. re: Hoosierland

                                                      I'm guessing you mean A. Litteri's? That place is wonderful!

                                                  2. re: Hoosierland

                                                    Now that I think of it, one of my wife's favorites is from Domino's in Kampala (not affiliated with the US Co.). Fried grasshoppers (or nsenene) in season on a 'za.

                                                    1. re: Hoosierland

                                                      Ah, I was going to post about one of my favorite deep dish pizza creations: First, make your own pizza dough, next, parcook some green chard with salt, a dash of olive oil and some sliced garlic. It should be barely cooked.
                                                      Roast and peel some chiles Poblanos. Stem and seed and cut into strips.
                                                      Let drain well. The pizza itself has sliced fresh Roma tomatoes over a layer of squeezed-dry chard, sliced fresh garlic, and a can of drained smoked mussels. Place some chile Poblano strips over that. For cheese, I used a mixture of what I had available" mozarella, Mexican Manchego (mild melting cheese) and some grated smoked Provolone.
                                                      Repeat the sequence one more time, ending with a nice layer of shredded cheese.

                                                      Bake well at about 400oF until nice and melted and turning golden on top.
                                                      Let cool about 10 minutes before serving. Eat with a fork.
                                                      Photo: http://www.pbase.com/image/55623651
                                                      Note: spinach can substitute for the chard, but should be barely blanched.

                                                      1. re: Anonimo

                                                        Hmm, I like the sound of that. I suppose you could do it with oysters and spinach, making a "Rockeller" pizza?

                                                        TT

                                                        1. re: TexasToast

                                                          Great idea, TexasToast: get some fennel in there, too, for that "Pernod" taste.
                                                          I would have used fresh spinach, but the stuff here is sorry stuff and the chard is usually wonderful and cheap.

                                                    2. Not wildly exotic, but I love raisins on pizza, especially with pepperoni, onions, and brocolli, grated parm and just a little mozzarella.

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                                                      1. re: EllenMM

                                                        That's actually an interesting idea. Raisins go strangely well with broccoli...

                                                        1. re: prunefeet

                                                          Really? That's one thing I've not tried, on a pizza or elsewhere.

                                                          TT

                                                          1. re: prunefeet

                                                            Raisins and capers are also a nice flavor marriage.

                                                        2. There was a place in Queens, New York (not sure if it's there anymore) that serves pizza topped with kimchee (spicy Korean pickled fermented Napa cabbage).

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                                                          1. re: Miss Needle

                                                            yum, i've gone that route before also.

                                                            1. re: jem

                                                              Me too, I put kimchee on all kinds of stuff. The chive or leek kimchee is esp good on pizza and hotdogs..

                                                            2. re: Miss Needle

                                                              30 years ago my favorite pizza parlor used sauerkraut, usually in combination with Canadian bacon, green and black olives, and pineapple.

                                                            3. balsamic soaked, thinly sliced figs, roasted corn and gorgonzola and parma proscuitto -- drizzled olive oil

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                                                              1. re: ElizabethHenton

                                                                Yeah, that's a take on a classic starter combination. Never had it on a pizza though.

                                                                TT

                                                              2. Canned or jarred artichoke hearts.

                                                                And second the motion for an egg baked onto the center. It's visually stunning.

                                                                1. Washington Bakery in San Francisco Chinatown used to have Peking Duck pizza.

                                                                  1. When I lived in Japan (American) pizza was funky there.....always some kind of small dried fish, squid, furikake, clams without the shells and enoki mushrooms topped w/cheese....??... And, the Japanese really don't eat cheese!! - I stuck to the real japanese version of pizza; okonomi yaki - yum! :)KQ

                                                                    1. There's a place here in Toronto that does a "Breakfast Pizza" with bacon, scrambled eggs, and potato.

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                                                                      1. re: ognir

                                                                        I think you can buy that frozen in many supermarkets.

                                                                        TT

                                                                      2. I used to live in Dijon, France, where the local specialties are 'escargots a la bourguignonne' (snails in garlic & parsley butter) and 'jambon persille' (a kind of ham terrine flavoured with parsley). Lots of local pizzerias did a 'Dijon pizza', meaning the basic tomato and mozzarella base - with the additions of snails and ham terrine.

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                                                                        1. re: frenetica

                                                                          That doesn't sound so bad . . . different, but not terrible.

                                                                          TT

                                                                        2. There is a pizza joint call PieWorks near me that has alligator or ostrich pizza. They have 150 differnt things you can put on your pizza and some of them are very interesting. Here is the web site for the menu.

                                                                          http://www.pieworks.com/toppings.html

                                                                          1. at home, I like to add smoked oysters to my pizza...and fresh asparagus...kimchi —but not all together.

                                                                            Zante's Indian pizza -- "a classic crisp, thin crust layered with spinach as well as sauce, mozzarella, and the toppings of your choice, such as tandoori chicken, lamb, cauliflower, eggplant, and prawns. Sold by the slice and the whole pie, the offerings usually include a vegetarian version spiced with hot pepper, green onions, cilantro, and garlic, a delicious and invigorating combination. One of the cheapest and best snacks ever." (add raita)

                                                                            www.zantespizza.com/about.htm

                                                                            1. Had a byot pizza party, the winner was a swedish meatball pizza. Gravy, potatoes, little meatballs, and some fontina. Odd I know, but good

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                                                                              1. re: stevuchan

                                                                                We sometimes put roasted potatoes on ours too... first had at Waldo's Pizza here in Kansas City! I don't know about gravy though!

                                                                              2. This is not strictly a "topping", but rather a weird variation on the base...

                                                                                I grew up in Hong Kong. At the Pizza Hut there you have a choice between tomato sauce and Thousand Island dressing for your pizza base!

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                                                                                1. re: frenetica

                                                                                  Mexico City Pizza Hut offers refried beans for a base.

                                                                                  1. re: Pablo

                                                                                    That actually sounds kind of awesome, unlike Thousand Island dressing, which is an abomination, especially when combined with those Pizza Hut molten-cheese-filled crusts...

                                                                                  2. re: frenetica

                                                                                    Eeewww, I wonder how that cooked out? Thousand Island, that is.

                                                                                    TT

                                                                                  3. M&Ms.
                                                                                    I was in Rio de Janeiro this summer and you would not believe the toppings on the dessert pizzas (bananas with cinnamon, m&ms, strawberry jam, chocolate sauce and more).

                                                                                    1. in Puebla, above the zocalo there's a pizza place that does a chicken mole pizza. Its actually quite good the mole is the sauce, then topped with shredded chicken and cotija. The biscuit-y crust was so-so compared to a NYC pizza, but delicious in mexico. We also tried a huitlacoche pizza with bits of corn & cheese. These pizzas were def better than some of the other mexicana toppings I've seen on pizzas in mexico city -ie jalapenos, chorizo, & refried beans, etc...

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                                                                                      1. re: nychilanga

                                                                                        Now that sounds really good.

                                                                                        TT

                                                                                      2. I once made an 'asian pizza' using hoisin sauce instead of tomato sauce then topped with baby corn, water chestnuts, and shrimp. I can't remember what kind of cheese I used... probably a small amount of moz.
                                                                                        It went over with my guests quite well!

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                                                                                        1. re: PamelaD

                                                                                          I hate water chesnuts. It's one thing I just can't seem to get my palate to accept. But I'm sure I would have just picked them off and eaten the rest of the pizza!

                                                                                          TT

                                                                                        2. This week's veggie pizza at the Birchwood Cafe (in Minneapolis) includes sassafras powder, corn, and cactus.

                                                                                          Other pizzas have featured sliced potatoes, white bean puree, or apricots. I've never seen all of these on the same pizza, though.

                                                                                          http://www.birchwoodcafe.com/menu/men...

                                                                                          Anne

                                                                                          1. as a kid I had a bacon,cream, and onion pizza in strasbourg that was grilled over a wood fire. delicious. we approximate it in the oven.
                                                                                            in spain: hardboiled egg, ham, and tuna on pizza.
                                                                                            in brazil: mayo pizza w/shredded chicken and raw onions and a very white crust.hated it actually.
                                                                                            in italy: clams and mussels(w/out shells) on square slices w/no cheese. also loved the ham and mushroom version. sold by the pund at a beachiside take out place.
                                                                                            also the round pies at our friend's parents' joint on the beach: $5/ a person for a whole pie: mascarpone and prosciutto (no mozz), probably my fondest pizza memories.
                                                                                            In NY, there is a guy that makes seriously the best pizzas I've ever had using very high quality ingredients and making everything, even the dough, in small batches. Una pizza napoletana. when the dough runs out, the place closes, and the owner makes all of your pizzas himself.

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                                                                                            1. re: fara

                                                                                              Isn't a bacon, cream and onion pizza from Strasbourg just a tarte flambee?

                                                                                              1. re: frenetica

                                                                                                i wouldn't know. does a tarte flambee have a chewy pizza-like crust?

                                                                                                1. re: frenetica

                                                                                                  Yes -- it sounds just like Alsacian flammenkuche (or tarte flambee). I had my first one in Paris a few years ago, and it was better than any Italian pizza I've ever had.

                                                                                                  I also had one with potato that was really good too.

                                                                                              2. I think Pieworks wins the prize~~ ALLIGATOR??? OSTRICH??? :)KQ

                                                                                                1. We made a thanksgiving pizza with crust, turkey gravy (instead of tomato sauce), "stuffing" ingredients (breakfast sausage, some bread crumbs, celery, etc) and leftover turkey. The yeasty nature of the pizza crust was just perfect with the rest of the ingredients and served as the bulk of the stuffing. My husband put cranberry on his slice. Wow~!

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                                                                                                  1. re: NeNePie

                                                                                                    I love this idea so much! I'm going to make a Thanksgiving pizza the day after our big feed. Or maybe I need to cook a turkey this week, just for this pizza.

                                                                                                    Anne

                                                                                                  2. Not exactly weird, but unusual and tasty - salad pizza. Basically a pizza dough brushed with oil and garlic before baking, then topped with lettuce, chopped tomatoes and onions and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                                                                      I've had that. Well, something similar (okay, they both had lettuce) that I affectionately called "kitchen sink" pizza. It's where you take whatever leftovers you have and put them on a pizza base. The woman across the street did that when we were growing up and we saw things like peas, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, potato, ANYTHNIG on her "pizzas". Most of it tasted vile.

                                                                                                      TT

                                                                                                      1. re: piccola

                                                                                                        I love salad pizza. Also, if you put some bacon in the cheese when it's baking and sub mayo for the vinaigrette sauce you have a blt pizza. Mmm!

                                                                                                      2. chinese roast pork....it's great...There was a chinese restaurant that lost their lease and rented half of a pizzaria's space (this is in SF in 1982) and they came up with this combo. I think it also had chinese mushrooms on it.

                                                                                                        1. In a very cool bar in Edinburgh, I tried a pizza with crumbled up haggis on it. Very weird, but good.
                                                                                                          I also love thinly sliced Spanish chorizo on pizza, especially combined with a sweet topping like pears. Yum.

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                                                                                                          1. re: claireh

                                                                                                            That last one sounds very CPK.

                                                                                                            http://www.cpk.com/

                                                                                                            TT

                                                                                                            1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                              Never heard of CPK... their pizzas look way too thick for me judging by the website, I like them Roman style - thin

                                                                                                          2. In Brazil, they serve a pizza with shredded chicken and catupiry cheese. I'm trying to think of a cheese here in the U.S. that would be equivalent to catupiry--it's thick and luscious and creamy, and it goes perfectly with the chicken.

                                                                                                            Brazilian pizza in general is excellent. Most establishments prepare it with a thin crust, and very little, if any, tomato sauce. It's one of the things I eat most when I visit there.

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                                                                                                            1. re: chewing gum

                                                                                                              Can you get that style of pizza anywhere in the US?

                                                                                                              TT

                                                                                                              1. re: chewing gum

                                                                                                                There is simply nothing that compares to catupiry cheese from Brazil . . .we have smuggled it back into the states under Dona Ita's lap blanket as her wheelchair is rolled through security. Yep, it is so good we would get our grandmother busted for it. American cream cheese would be a very, very, very distant cousin, and "Puck" Mediterreran processed cheese spread might be another, but neither really captures it.

                                                                                                              2. I recall seeing a PB&J (or maybe it's PB& Choc.) pizza. As much of a sweet toother I am, even that sounds unappealing.

                                                                                                                1. I was in Northern Ireland recently and everyone there was putting corn on their pizza! The corn mixture was tasty in itself, but not on the pizza!!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                                                                    Do you mean sweet corn kernals? Yeah, they tend to do that over in the U.K. London does the same thing, as was noted on here earlier by another CH.

                                                                                                                    TT

                                                                                                                    1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                      And not just on pizzas. Most every tuna salad sandwich I've eaten in England has had corn kernels mixed into it. It seems as standard there as chopped celery is here.

                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                        That reminds me, I remember having a chicken salad sandwich and it too, had sweetcorn and diced green pepper in it!

                                                                                                                        TT

                                                                                                                  2. I remember,when I was a kid, there was a place that offered mustard and pickles on pizza. I think it was meant as a joke, but I am sure a few people ordered it.

                                                                                                                    The most unusual pizza I have actually eaten was called a "club" pizza, and was basically a Turkey Club sandwich on a very thin crust. It was made with slices of smoked turkey, bacon and tomato with swiss cheese instead of mozzarella. A pile of chilled chopped iceberg lettuce was thrown on top just before serving, and it came with a side of mayo for dipping. It was actually pretty good until the lettuce started to warm up and became bitter and soggy. The leftovers were definitely not good to microwave for breakfast.

                                                                                                                    1. TT, It was sweet corn, but cold and mixed with a salad dressing, onions and peppers. Quite different.

                                                                                                                      1. roasted pears, caramelized onions and blue cheese.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: MaspethMaven

                                                                                                                          I've had that pizza. Not so unusual to me.

                                                                                                                          TT

                                                                                                                        2. Hot dogs. We had a frozen cheese pizza and two leftover hot dogs. It tasted good.

                                                                                                                          1. At a pizza place in Toronto, Ontario they offer blueberries as a topping! Yummm

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                                                                                                                            1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                                                                              On a dessert pizza or can you order it any way you like?

                                                                                                                              TT

                                                                                                                              1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                No, its a normal meal pizza.. you can order it however you like and one of the toppings they offer is wild organic blueberries

                                                                                                                            2. My son and I made a cheese and tomato pizza, we didn't have pepperoni or other toppings so the only thing I could think of was ----- Spam. We thin sliced some spam, cooked the pizza, and thought it was pretty good, just as good and greasy as pepperoni!

                                                                                                                              1. I've finally thought of one! CARROTS have no place being on a pizza!

                                                                                                                                TT

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                                                                                                                                1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                  Oh but you've GOTTA have carrots if you're making a roast beef, mashed potatoes, and peas pizza....!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: blue room

                                                                                                                                    Followed by pudding pizza? "How can you have any pudding if you don't eat you meat?"

                                                                                                                                    1. re: blue room

                                                                                                                                      Chicken pot pie pizza!

                                                                                                                                  2. In Budapest I had a pizza with roasted potatoes and an egg cracked on it after it came out of the oven so that it was sort of sunny side up?. Pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                                    In Milan- Butter, prosciutto crudo and chunks of parmesan. Very rich!

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: birddogfoodie

                                                                                                                                      But the one from Milan isn't that unusual.

                                                                                                                                    2. celery doesnt belong on pizza ranch dressing does

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: billjriv

                                                                                                                                        Ranch is great to dip the crusts in!

                                                                                                                                        TT

                                                                                                                                      2. I have put saurkraut on my pizza..along with the pepperonni. I love it!

                                                                                                                                        1. i had cuttlefish on pizza once, wasn't my favorite.

                                                                                                                                          had the "pizza lardo" at otto's in new york which was the fat from prosciutto on crust (white pizza) with big chunks of sea salt and basil. YUM.

                                                                                                                                          1. Smoked Salmon is good on a pizza,I think.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: billjriv

                                                                                                                                              With cream cheese, asparagus & red onion!

                                                                                                                                            2. My roommate recently made an acorn squash and sage pizza with gruyere. It was awesome.

                                                                                                                                              Otherwise, I haven't had too many unusual pizza toppings in my day. Eggplant, BBQ chicken, sour cream (on taco pizza), etc. I do get some looks when I dip my slices in ranch, though. It's a MUST have for me. Along with either red pepper flakes or some sort of hot sauce. Delish :)

                                                                                                                                              1. Not weird, but I always can go for spaghetti pizza.

                                                                                                                                                baby squid and celery on white pizza

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nutritious Jane

                                                                                                                                                  Strangly,squid and celery doesnt sound that bad as a pizza topping with a white sauce and good cheese I could almost see it

                                                                                                                                                2. Zante's in San Francisco does Indian pizzas
                                                                                                                                                  http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/pr...

                                                                                                                                                  1. In Malaysia and Singapore, you can get Shrimp Sambal pizza. In India, you can get paneer (a fresh Indian cheese) on your pizza, as well as baby corn. You can also get Chicken Tikka Pizza at the India Pizza Huts. They are all really good, but may seem weird if you're not used to these items.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: boogiebaby

                                                                                                                                                      I've had that kinds stuff before, so not so weird.

                                                                                                                                                      TT

                                                                                                                                                    2. Just read a good one on another board clam and bacon with a white sauce.

                                                                                                                                                      1. From Korea - the local chains (Domino's, Pizza Hut and Papa Johns) will add any of the following toppings: sweet potatoes (both wedges and "mousse"), potatoes, and sweet corn. But here's the one that tops them all: bulgogi pizza.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I had conch pizza in the Bahamas once. Pretty good! As a New Havener, didnt seem that odd because we love our clam pies here!

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: madisoneats

                                                                                                                                                            Was it not tough?

                                                                                                                                                            TT

                                                                                                                                                          2. Salad on the cheese pizza. Maybe not unusual but sure tasty. First for moi.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Figs, sweet potato coins, and maple syrup on top of a very thick layer of grey poupon.

                                                                                                                                                              1. It isn't too unusual but on a Disney Cruise recently I had a Quattro Formaggi (four cheese)
                                                                                                                                                                with Mozzarella,Mascarpone,Gorgonzola and Parmesan. I also had a Gorgonzola and red grape pizza. Both were awesome

                                                                                                                                                                1. My go-to combination is what I call a "Triple B" : Bacon, Broccoli and black olives. The first two ingredients are lightly cooked. The last one is oil cured and pitted. (Chard or spinach could easily sub for the broccoli, I guess.)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Avocado? I tried this tonight with a pomegranate black bean salsa as the base or "sauce" .. just a bit of cheese to bind it and avocados.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I used to go to Michigan a lot because I have family outside Detroit. I can't remember exactly where the restaurant is (or what it's called), but I had a pizza with sauerkraut. I think it also had mushrooms, onion, and garlic. I was kinda skeptical, but OH MY GOD. Incredible! It's one of those few dishes I've had that was just completely unforgettable.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Al_Pal

                                                                                                                                                                        I will try this!!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Al_Pal

                                                                                                                                                                          Another vote for sauerkraut. I was trying to think of something to go with Canadian bacon and it came up in web searches...I waited until my husband was halfway through a piece and had proclaimed it good before told him about the "secret ingredient"!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. how about a reuben pizza? corned beef, russian dressing as the sauce, kraut and good imported swiss. maybe slice some dill pickles on as "pepperoni"! on a rye crust? (i've been in a reuben mood lately.)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I hope that I'm not repeating myself, but there are 2 that I make that are somewhat different:
                                                                                                                                                                            1- Homemade caponata as the base with moz
                                                                                                                                                                            2- smoked oysters w/sauteed spinach and moz.