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Favorite Homemade Pizza Toppings?

Please share your favorite combinations. Just received the King Arthur Flour and will be happily experimenting this weekend. Thank you!

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  1. Have you see this thread? It has some wonderful ideas.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/362962

    1. I make a white sauce base from lemon juice and sour cream; then top with Cajun/Creole spiced shrimp, mandarin orange slices and mozzarella

      1. We make a lot of homemade pizza, and always love: chopped artichoke hearts, thinly sliced bell pepper strips, buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced red onion, fresh tomato slices (seeded to avoid excess moisture), and Applewood Farms pepperoni. I think buffalo mozzarella is key to an awesome homemade pizza.

        Phoo-D
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        1. Olives plus other lightly sauteed vegetables such as mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions.

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          1. re: Romanmk

            I'm inspired...and hungry! Stupid question....but when you do a red sauce are you cooking it from scratch? Or what are you using?

            1. re: DaisyM

              It usually depends on how much time I have! A red sauce from scratch is always nice, but in a pinch I'll use a non-chunky italian spaghetti sauce (only about 1 cup of sauce per pizza) or if you are near a Trader Joe's they make a wonderful pizza sauce that is in a smaller jar.

              1. re: Phoo_d

                I also like to use TJ's ratatouille in the small jar as my pizza "sauce". It has slices of zucchini and eggplant and is nicely flavored without being overly sweet.

              2. re: DaisyM

                Canned crushed tomatoes, herbs, garlic, red wine vinegar. Believe it or not canned tomato puree diluted with water, and herbs, red wine vinegar, olive oil. Check out American Pie by Peter Reinhart. It's some of the best pizza I've eaten.

            2. I had friends over for home made pizza a year ago and they're still talking about the one w/ prosciutto, figs, goat cheese and caramelized onions. But, I preferred the oven roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil.

              1. A white pizza w/ thick scallop slices or clams or mussels or all the fore mentioned.

                1. caramelized onions, EVOO, a little gorgonzola or blue cheese and fresh oregano. Also, fontina, EVOO, (sorry....) and arugula. Buon Appetito! Adam

                  1. I make my version of Pioneer Woman's Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella weekly. I buy my pesto from Costco.

                    Another one I have made is: Spread olive oil on the unbaked crust (lightly), add slices of fresh mozzarella, pear, and top with thinly sliced proscuitto. Pop it into a 500 degree oven, bake about 15 minutes. When it's done, sprinkle with walnuts and a drizzle of honey. So, so good!

                    When I make a tomato based pizza, I use Pastene "Kitchen Ready Tomatoes", fresh from the can. Just a couple of ladle fulls, you don't want it completely covered, it will be soupy.

                    1. mushroom & baby spinach or broccoli or zucchini

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                      1. re: lgss

                        Everyone is so creative! Thank you. I'll report back...clearly in the interest of science we are going to have to try many different pizzas this weekend. (Just hope the dough works out!)

                      2. i like making a base out of softened goat cheese and defrosted frozen spinach. i then top with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, oil cured olives and shrimp

                        1. Lately my pizzas have been pesto based with shrimp and grated (frozen first) brie.

                          I do like cheddar, tomato, ground beef, onion and bacon (Bacon double cheeseburger).

                          If I order, I usually get peperoni, bacon, mushrooms and green olives.

                          DT

                          1. Hi all,
                            Last night I used some Dei Fratelli pizza sauce with torn fresh mozzarella, calamata olives, marinated artichokes, prosciutto and basil leaves. SUPERB

                             
                            1. Red sauce with Pepperoni, Salami, Canadian Bacon, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Olives and cheese, glorious cheese!

                              1. Fresh mozzarella, crumbled italian sausage, mushrooms sauteed with lots of fresh rosemary.

                                1. Lobster has been so cheap that we have been making white or red pizzas w/ it.

                                  1. Brush dough with olive oil, then spread out spinach, sliced mushrooms, thinly sliced onions, parm reg, garlic, s&p, then top it all with mozzarella. A little bacon on top is optional.

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                                    1. re: junescook

                                      I made pizza a few weeks ago and added grilled chicken breast thinly sliced, caramelized onions, bacon and mozz! YUMMY! You can also add roasted red peppers as they are delicious too!

                                    2. Pizza is my favourite food!! Here are my favs:

                                      Appetizer pizza : pre cook the crust then spread dill cream cheese on it and top with salmon lox, red onion and capers. Yup - serve cold. Just small slices

                                      Chicken pizza: smother chicken with pesto (and some portabellos if you like them) then grill them. Top the crust with either a red sause or more pesto (sometimes I swirl them together) then add red onion, peppers and goat cheese and a wee bit of mozza

                                      Veggie: Similar to above. I take mushrooms, zuccini, peppers and onions and chop them up and smother them with pesto and grill them in a grilling basket. I only use red sauce for this one and I add sun dried tomatoes and feta and a bit of mozza (I add the mozza just to help stick everything together so the veggies don't roll off when you take your first bite)

                                      Dessert pizza: Precook the crust a bit. Top with ripe pears (no sauce) and cambozola cheese (this is a soft cheese that is a combination of camembert and gorgonzola). 350 degree oven until cheese is melted. This is a little lower temp than most pizza to keep the cheese from getting too runny. That is why I make sure my crust is mostly cooked first.