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Unique Pizza Toppings

I feel like this topic has probably been done to death but at the same time I really don't care and I'd rather get input from the Boston portion of the community anyway.

I'm obsessed with these new wheat flatbread pizza crusts I found recently. Of course the name escapes me right now, they're like a healthier version of Boboli pizza crusts you see everywhere.

I'm really into weird and different pizza toppings and I was wondering if anyone had any cool ideas? These aren't very unique, but these are the pizzas I've made thus far:

- Chorizo & Pineapple
- Buffalo Chicken
- Thai Style Shrimp

Any other ideas would be great! The weirder the better. Dessert pizzas are also welcome.

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  1. How about crabmeat; gorgonzola and spinach.

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      Love all 3 of those separately but I have angst about combining dairy and seafood.

      My other spins on these: gorgonzola, balsamic glaze and figs and crabmeat with oyster mushrooms.

    2. How about bacon, cheddar cheese, mashed potatoes, and scallions (Irish pizza at Common Ground, Allston).

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Bad Abbotts in Quincy used to have a smashed potato pizza, just as you, describe on their specials list - Delicious!!!

      2. all with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella:

        roasted red peppers, hot peppers, grilled chicken

        roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes, fresh rosemary, fresh sage

        sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh chopped garlic

        1. One of my frequently flying topping ingredients for pizza is sauerkraut. I know, I know...but it's really good mingled with any number of other toppings. Really. Cay

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          1. re: cayjohan

            Im interested, perhaps with some good spicy mustard and chanterelles?

            1. re: yankeefan

              My real preference is Canadian bacon/ham, good black olives, pineapple, onions and sauerkraut. Sauce and cheese as one sees fits. Yum.

              But the chanterelles sounds really delicious. But with anything pickled? I've always found pickled flavors to kill delicate mushrooms. Do tell if you've found differently.


            2. re: cayjohan

              some months ago while at costco, i saw a man load his pizza up with all the condiments usually associated with hot dogs including ketchup, mustard, onion, relish, and yes... sauerkraut. At first i thought - eww, gross. Then I realized that except for the cheese, his pepperoni slice wasn't all that different than my polish dog.

              1. re: cayjohan

                I go for kimchee, so kind of like sauerkraut. Kimchee and fontina, mmmmm....

              2. - Duck confit, plum sauce, watercress.
                - Nutella + fruit
                - Pumpkin and ham
                - Goat brie, prosciutto, egg, avocado

                1. So I'm not from Boston but I did just have a delicious pizza from Go Roma the other day with:

                  sundried tomatoes, goat cheese and whole black olives. It was delicious! It was supposed to have spinach too but I asked for it without.

                  1. Japanese style-

                    Garlic peanuts
                    Squid or Cuttlefish Jerky
                    Shisho leaves
                    Crab meat

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                    1. re: fmed

                      I love squid. This may end up in my oven next.

                      1. re: fmed

                        I've grown accustomed to these; in the Spring, Domino's had a half-demiglace hamburger (whole patties), half-pasta gratin pizza. So absurd, yet so good after a night of drinking.

                        1. re: fmed

                          All at once??
                          I'd go for the peanuts, kabocha and shisho.

                        2. I recently made a cabbage, bacon and mustard pizza. I'd come across the recipe and mentioned it to my husband who was game to try it. It was actually quite tasty. We agreed we needed to try a corned beef and cabbage pizza(or maybe a reuben pizza) based on the success of the bacon and cabbage.

                          1. Chicken breast, feta cheese and spinach, with tomato sauce and mozz.
                            A white pizza with fried chicken and ranch.

                            1. I like a layer of pesto on the crust before anything else. I've been wanting to try thinly sliced tiny potatoes.

                              1. I peel the butternut squash, then slice it into rounds, layer it on a baking sheet, and bake until almost done.

                                While it's baking, I heat olive oil in a pan, and stirfry it with garlic. I also caramelize the onions separately. At the same time, I heat some butter and sometimes combine with olive oil in a pan and fry the sage strips until crispy.

                                Take pizza dough and spread with garlic olive oil. Layer on gruyere, then caramelized onions, butternut squash rounds, a little more gruyere (can also add mozzarella if you like), then bake til almost done. I mix up regular bread crumbs (or pankos if I've got em) with grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the cheesy crumbs and the sage strips on top of the pizza and bake til golden brown. [Personally I can't stand blue cheese, but for my best friend who loves it, I will also add blue cheese crumbles when I add the crumbs and sage.]

                                Also love sundried tomato tapenade, grilled garlic eggplant, ricotta cheese, fontina, mozzarella, and parmesan.

                                For dessert pizza, I've done the following: a little melted butter on the dough; spread mascarpone, top with apricot or peach slices, crumble together brown sugar and cinnamon with butter, then sprinkle on top and bake. [optionally you can add basil or sage if you desire]

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                                1. re: Emme

                                  That. Sounds. Amazing.

                                  Leaving work early to try it.

                                    1. re: Emme

                                      Sorry for the late update, but I finally did make it (well, my version, anyway) and it was great! I did sub out the fresh butternut for squash puree I found in the freezer section. Sounds crazy but it actually worked - I used the puree as a kind of light sauce. I have a difficult time slicing butternuts without losing fingers, so it was a nice alternative. Kept the gruyere and onions and added a tiny bit of leftover pancetta. I thought the whole thing was pretty darn good, so thanks for the inspiration!

                                2. In Norway, reindeer meat and asparagus.

                                  1. A friend who owns a restaurant in Northern Ireland has a tuna and banana pepper pizza that he says just flys out the door. Everyone loves it. Of course, corn relish on pizza is also popular.

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                                    1. re: Pegmeister

                                      That makes sense. Spicy tuna pasta is a regular on our dinner rotation, and pasta is not so different from pizza in its essentials.

                                      1. re: BobB

                                        That's interesting. I assume this is a dish you make yourself? Tomato based?

                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                          Yes, tomato based. Depending on the schedule of the day, it can be as simple as adding good Italian canned tuna to a store-bought sauce along with cayenne and jalapeños, or can be made from scratch by adding the same to a homemade sauce.

                                          The idea of adding tuna to a tomato-based sauce is something I was introduced to by a neighbor's Italian-born mom when I was a kid. I later spiced it up as an adult.

                                          1. re: BobB

                                            Actually that does sound pretty good. Think I'll have to experiment over the long weekend.

                                            1. re: BobB

                                              I had a pizza in Sardinia, Italy that had tuna, garlic and olives on a lightly tomato sauced crust. There was mozzarella cheese, but not much. It was awesome!

                                      2. We like a layer of grape leaves followed by blanched pea pods, and then all the normal toppings you like on a pizza.

                                        1. I'm a traditionalist, but while in Sofia, Bulgaria I had pizzas with a combo of corn, sliced pickles and ham. Also had one with brains and onion. They were actually pretty good. Thankfully they know how to make a good thin crust in Sofia.

                                          Here in Pittsburgh, there are a few places that do a pierogi pizza (potato & sauerkraut) and one place that offers something called "the Turbo" that has buffalo chicken, fries and ranch dressing.

                                          My favorites at the moment are a simple sauteed eggplant and mushroom on a standard red sauce/mozz pie or baby arugula and prosciutto and fresh Roma tomatoes.

                                          Used to live in Quincy and an Alumni pan pizza would hit the spot right now.

                                          1. I make a white pizza (garlic & oil instead of red sauce) with fresh mozzarella, carmelized onions or shallots, fresh herbs or arugula and hunks of sauteed gypsy bacon.

                                            Gypsy bacon is a thick hunk of bacon that is seasoned w/ hungarian paprika and cured. I cube it up, saute it and then sprinkle the bacon and the fat drippings over the pizza. It'll make ya wanna slap yo momma it's so damned good!

                                            p.s. I'm not from Boston either, but why do u only want input from Boston folks? They got the monopoly on weird pizza toppings?

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                                            1. re: lynnlato

                                              No, we're just smarter and more creative than the rest of the country.

                                              I thought this was common knowledge.

                                              1. re: Jonny509

                                                I guess that's why we see that chain "Boston Pizza Kitchen" all over the U.S.

                                                signed, Carol from California

                                                1. re: laliz

                                                  Right, Carol. Ya know, I always thought Boston Market was crappy. :)

                                                  1. re: lynnlato

                                                    They sure do know there way around a baked bean.
                                                    Pizza, not so much.

                                                    1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                      B&M baked beans, Portland, Me. The hero of Boston, "On the 17th of April of '75 and hardly a main is still alive to remember the midnight ride of Paul Revere.' Or his month long walk to Boston after Saltonstall's (another Boston Genius) huge naval defeat the battle of Castine. Who traded Babe Ruth? And make up the name scrod to fool the public? Is there any 'authentic" Boston cooking? It all moved in from Maine, Quebec, Vermont and Old English cookin and ....New Yawk!
                                                      Gimme mussels on my 'Za!
                                                      Go Sox!

                                                      1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                        OK, old post, but Bostonians certainly do know pizza. Huge southern Italian community there.

                                                2. re: lynnlato

                                                  garlic, olive oil, basil fresh mozz and carmelized onions and fresh mushrooms is amazing.

                                                  I make a very simple bechemel for a light base with dill, top with fresh arugula, shallots and small shrimp topped with fresh mozz

                                                  Mushrooms, red peppers, kale with fresh gruyere, no sauce

                                                  Pesto base with roasted fennel and red peppers topped with mozz

                                                  I love the Caesar Salad pizza too, garlic, and olive oil, I cook pizz with roasted chicken and mozz and parm and top with arugula dressed with caesar dressing.

                                                  I love breakfast pizza. A creme fraisch base, scrambled eggs, browned sausage, green peppers and onions and mushrooms or what ever you like. Some shredded mozz or even gruyere. It is a great Weekend alternative to regular eggs.

                                                  My favorite all time is off course fresh tomatoes, I make a garlic oil with fresh herbs, fresh gouda, smoky bacon, mushrooms and fresh gouda.

                                                  Squash, eggplant, summer and zuchinni, tomato base for a sauce, onions, olives with fresh romano and some mozz.

                                                  1. re: kchurchill5

                                                    I like the breakfast pizza idea - especially with some dippy eggs. Yum!

                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                      I made it lots of ways. lots of veggies then whole eggs of soft scrambled. Lots of options but it is a lot of fun. The last time I did a large pizza with 6 eggs whole. The base was actually a very light bechemel I had some left over, then added some sauteed onions, mushrooms, peppers, and sausage added a little cheese and then topped with the 6 eggs. Made little indentations in the filling for them to sit. Cooked and served. The eggs were done but still a bit runny. Everyone had a piece. Sort of fun. What is nice is you can use turkey sausage egg substitute, all veggies, you can make it relatively healthy if you want.

                                                      Spinach eggs, romano and asparagus and mushrooms are great with this. Fresh spinach, whole eggs, some gruyere or swiss, and it is heaven. No meat needed.

                                                      Fun Weekend Breakfast!

                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                        Thinking about this pizza. I have a breakfast for a friend who I am planning a baby shower for. So it is 4 of us. I make may make this. I probably use use a boboli or premade crust because I will get home very late, a light bechemel with dill, some blanched asparagus, fresh spinach, some sliced mushrooms and I like a little shallot. Top with some grated gruyere then topped with 4 eggs so we each get one. A fresh fruit salad. A non alcoholic Bloody Marys and champagne cocktails with fresh mangos, peaches, raspberries and minted ice cubes. And these amazing grilled sage turkey sausages my friend makes fresh.

                                                        Ok, I just convinced myself. Now I want to eat this NOW!!

                                                        1. re: lynnlato

                                                          Dippy eggs! Are you from PA Dutch country?

                                                      1. Roasted beets, roasted garlic, blue cheese and caramelized onions.

                                                        1. Spanish coca is a pizza like dish.
                                                          caramelized onions and bell pepper jam are favorite toppings. There are sweeter versions as well.

                                                          1. look at this awesome pizza: http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/sea...

                                                            roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, gorgonzola and crispy fried sage!

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                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                              wow, that looks and sounds great.

                                                              1. re: yankeefan

                                                                You just solved my what's for dinner problem: I have dough from yesterday, leftover butternut squash soup, gorgonzola, bacon and onions at home...perfect.

                                                                1. re: yamalam

                                                                  let me know how it turned out. its an all time favorite concoction of mine.

                                                            2. This has a name, but I forget what. It's basically artichoke, ham and vuffalo mozzeralla. It's fantastic.

                                                              You know what, I've just read the other posts. For me I'm pretty traditional, and I like my pizzas simple. If I hadn't craved meat so bad, I'd have ordered a margarita on Sat (got meat calzoni instead, and it rocked). I like the flavours to be well balanced, the most important thing is the pizza sauce, and I don't want more than about 4 toppings (including the mozzerella).

                                                              If I could buy the pizza sauce I hjad on saturday, I'd be a very happy man.

                                                              1. Eggs! Serious Pie (a pizza place in Seattle) does my favorite pizza with white sauce, cheese, spicy meat (I forget what kind exactly) and eggs. The eggs end up soft baked wth runny yolks and are EXCELLENT with the pizza crust. They put arugala on top. YUM.

                                                                1. Are they calleed "Flat Out"?

                                                                  1. Feel free to mix and match: Chopped Clams, chopped hard cooked eggs, sauteed mushrooms, artichoke hearts, (I don't think they eat artichokes or avacados in Mass.)
                                                                    BBQ chicken, fresh spinach leaves, and fresh MoZ. If you make your sauce with 6-1 ground tomatos you cannot go wrong with these ingredients.
                                                                    God, It is great to live in Northern California. (upstate N.Y. native)

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                                                                    1. re: bushy

                                                                      "(I don't think they eat artichokes or avacados in Mass.)"

                                                                      Say what? What century are you living in?

                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                        Gee, Bob, I wonder if them thar Californicators eat full-bellied clams, crab, scallops, Maine cold water shrimp, and lobster on them thar things they call "peeza". "Scuse me I gotter go use the back house.

                                                                      2. re: bushy

                                                                        My favorite pizza at Serious Pie in Seattle is topped with clams, pancetta and lemon thyme. I believe other than that it only had olive oil and parmesan on it. So good.

                                                                      3. going back about 20 years there was a restaurant in London called the Gourmet Pizza company and they had very strange toppings for those times.

                                                                        The great British Fry Up pizza with egg bacon sausage and chips

                                                                        their 4 cheeses had brie gorgonzola mozzarella and another stinky cheese

                                                                        chicken tikka pizza

                                                                        these were a few I remember.

                                                                        I think Pizza Express UK does a sliced potato base instead of a dough base which I had once and was pretty good.

                                                                        1. I make a pear, proscuito, gorganzola pizza. And when it comes out of the oven, you sprinkle on chopped walnuts and honey. The sweet and savory is super delicious. yum!

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                                                                          1. re: mcel215

                                                                            Excellent, my friend gave me one with peaches, pecans, gorgonzola and something else. Looked good but never made it. Yours sound great!

                                                                            1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                              Here it is kchurchil, this pizza is amazing!

                                                                              Here is what quantities I would use to make for one 12" inch pizza.

                                                                              4 ounces of crumbled gorgonzola
                                                                              1/4 lb Parma Prosciutto
                                                                              1 small red skin pear (not too ripe)
                                                                              1 lb pizza dough
                                                                              4 ounces of mozzarella cheese, is equal to ball of it, in my store.
                                                                              1/4 cup chopped walnuts (toasted on top of the stove)

                                                                              Stretch pizza dough and place on baking sheet with a couple of tablespoons of cornmeal on top. Brush the pizza with olive oil. Lay thin slices of mozzarella and pear, sprinkle with crumbled gorganzola. Place proscuitto down like bicycle spokes. Place in oven preheat 450 oven for 12-18 minutes, depending on your oven.

                                                                              Take pizza out of oven, sprinkle with walnuts, cracked black pepper and drizzle with honey.

                                                                              I used a brush to apply the olive oil to the crust after it was spread out. It doesn't need much at all, maybe a tablespoonful.

                                                                              1. re: mcel215

                                                                                Thank you, that will definitely be on my list. I love making pizzas. I was thinking of pizza tonight due to a slight change of plans and that sounds amazing.

                                                                                1. re: mcel215

                                                                                  I made it last night. Great pizza ... thx! It was light but still a great flavor. I made a nice arugula salad with just a simple citrus vinaigrette, some honey, balsamic, orange marmalade, and olive oil.

                                                                                  Pizza was really good.

                                                                                  1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                    Your welcome. I was going to say, I don't add more than 1 tablespoon of honey drizzled, because it would then be dessert. ;)

                                                                                    1. re: mcel215

                                                                                      I did just a little, hardly a teaspoon. It was very good.

                                                                              2. re: mcel215

                                                                                I have an issue with walnuts and don't love honey, but that sounds amazing. I might try that with a little balsamic vinegar.

                                                                              3. Did not see this posted: Full on Mexican pizza - refrieds, taco meat with olives and tomatoes and cheddar (or mix cheese). When it comes ou of the oven, let cool slightly, and top with crunchy lettuce.

                                                                                Strangely, you can order this in Wyoming, however, I've never found it in Arizona . . .

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                                                                                1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                  There is a very small percentage of Hispanics in Wyoming. A real Arizonian or New Mexican wouldn't eat it. Growing up in an Italian high density area near NYC, my sphincter is tightening at a lot of these combinations. Kinda like burritos, I wouldn't mind a lot of these "New Age" burritos/pizzas if they were called something other than "burrito" or "pizza". I guess I'm not only a chile purist.

                                                                                  1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                    At a pizza place I used to work at, they would crunch up yellow corn chips (like you would crackers to put in soup), and sprinkly a ton over the already cooked pizza, in addition to the lettuce. Taco sauce is a must-have for dipping!

                                                                                  2. In Torino I had a "Genovese" pizza with no tomato sauce, lots of white cheese (ricotta and mozzarella), boiled tomatoes, green beans and a pesto drizzle. It was good.

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                                                                                    1. re: Jetgirly

                                                                                      My current favorite that I now order from a local spot here (not a chain) has a very light white sauce, spinach, roasted garlic, very little sun dried tomato, chicken and pine nuts.

                                                                                      1. re: Jetgirly

                                                                                        Ha ha ha... a year later I notice it should say boiled POTATO, not tomato!

                                                                                      2. probably not what you mean, but I made one yesterday with gouda (it was all I had cheese-wise). It was ok.

                                                                                        1. Last week I had a Teriyaki Mochi pizza from Strawberry Cones. I need to involve more mochi in my life.


                                                                                          1. I like banana peppers on my pizza! Yum. I'm also dying to try an Italian beef pizza in Chicago.

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                                                                                            1. re: foodlover23

                                                                                              "Italian beef pizza " - would this be wet (dipped in the beef juice)?

                                                                                            2. A personal fav: macaroni and cheese pizza. Just spread a cheese sauce over the dough, then elbow noodles topped with lots of cheese of your choice (that keeps the noodles moist). Extra heart-attack-goodness: dip in ranch. Mmm. I've also made a curly fry pizza. Delicious.

                                                                                              This is an excellent thread, btw! I will now be on a year-long homemade pizza binge.

                                                                                              1. Goat cheese, capers, basil, sun dried tomatoes (not so unique but damn good)
                                                                                                Roasted green chiles and pineapple
                                                                                                pineapple and pepperoni
                                                                                                Jalapeno and pineapple (with either pickled or fresh jalapenos)
                                                                                                Gorgonzola and capers

                                                                                                1. Swedish sytle pizza with bananas, onions and mozzerella cheese

                                                                                                  Turkey brie and apples

                                                                                                  Neufchâtel , Smoked Salmon and arugala

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                                                                                                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                                                    Ground Turkey, brie and apples is one of my favorite burgers to make at home

                                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                      Maybe that is where they got the idea for it. I guess you could turn any sandwich into a pizza, for the most part.

                                                                                                  2. thai peanut sauce, chicken, red peppers, bean sprouts, mozza (cause it's the only kind of cheese that is bland enough for the Thai

                                                                                                    1. Earlier this week I may a pretty darn tasty pie. Used a "pyramid" of soft goat cheese, little bit of tomato paste, a touch of tomato sauce, garlic and herbs/spices to concoct a sauce. For toppings I used finely chopped fresh parsley, thinly sliced zucchini wheels, roma tomatoes, thinly sliced green pepper strips, fresh mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, freshly ground black pepper with a sprinkle of crumbled gorgonzola across the top. It was delightful. :)

                                                                                                      1. I love chorizo and love pineapple - gotta try that one. I don't make pizza at home normally, but I made somewhat of a pizza with a large tortilla shell and threw on a base of basil pesto, then added fresh mozzarella, some chunks of grilled chicken and topped it with some red pepper flakes. Could have wrapped it up and ate it as a wrap, but went the pizza route. Not bad.

                                                                                                        1. Thawed frozen spinach, seasoned and dry mint flakes. It's good!! No cheese required.

                                                                                                          Zatar, cheese and olives

                                                                                                          1. For dessert, nothing finer than:
                                                                                                            sprinkled brown sugar

                                                                                                            The brown sugar caramelizes into crunchy goodness on top of the creamy mascarpone and nutella. Soooo good.

                                                                                                            I've had guests rebel when they found out I wasn't planning to make this particular dessert pizza and leave to go to the grocery and buy the ingredients in the middle of the party. It's that delicious.

                                                                                                            I make mine in a wood-fired oven, but I imagine you could get at least a very similar product in a regular oven.

                                                                                                            1. I love a Parmesan/mozzarella, mashed potato, and bacon pizza.

                                                                                                              1. http://www.pizzahut.net.pk/pizzas.html

                                                                                                                Here is a look at a Pizza Hut menu from Karachi, Pakistan. I was last there in January. In this part of the world, chicken tikka pizza as well as seeing toppings like sweet corn are not unusual. But the Pizza Hut had some very creative and ambitious culinarily syncretic toppings: seekh kabab stuffed crust, karhai chicken (tomatey wok stir-fry), Behari chicken (papain softened very spicy chicken kabab), plus some international favorites like fajita, shawarma, cabanossi, and tandoori chicken.

                                                                                                                I haven't tried any of these Pakistani cuisine based pizzas myself...I have enough spice in my life already and usually go for the halaal meat lovers at Pizza Hut or margherita at most other places when I am out for a pizza pie. But I thought CHers would find the toppings creative and interesting.

                                                                                                                I am curious about other locally adapted pizza menus around the world.

                                                                                                                  1. Balsamic infused figs, prosciutto, feta or gorgonzola

                                                                                                                    1. Haggis! (I just got back from Edinburgh.)

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                                                                                                                        1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                          Oh, yes! It was quite good. I do love haggis (think scrapple, but with oats rather than corn meal) and I want to experiment with my own haggis pizza now that I'm home.

                                                                                                                      1. I make a Chinese takeout flavored pizza. The sauce has the flavor of a steamed pork bun.

                                                                                                                        The sauce is flavored with 5 spice powder, Hoisin Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, Toasted Sesame Oil, Seasoned Rice Vinegar in a tomato sauce base with a hint of garlic.

                                                                                                                        The toppings are Shredded Pulled Pork, finely diced cabbage coleslaw mix, Water Chestnuts, French's French Fried Onions (yea the ones from the green bean casserole), La Choy Chow Mein Noodles, and Fiesta Blend cheese (Monterey jack, cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, asadero cheese).

                                                                                                                        As weird as it sounds, my family asks for this frequently. It's like Chinese takeout on a pizza.