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Ideas for Pizza Toppings

Deborah Jan 14, 2010 03:57 PM

Make homemade pizza regularly but need some new ideas for different toppings. Making two pizzas tomorrow night and one will have caramelized onion, smoked duck and blue cheese toppings. Need ideas for the second pizza. Thanks for any ideas.

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    Deborah Feb 22, 2010 05:21 PM

    Thank-You...everyone...great ideas and lots of ideas.

    1. jarrettpotter Jan 17, 2010 06:40 AM

      Down here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Shrimp are cheap and in abundance!! Just make a pizza margherita and top it with raw peeled shrimp, salt and pepper with a touch of fresh garlic.......bake the pie like normal and the shrimp will be perfectly cooked, with a crunch on the outside and soft on the inside.......at first you'll get some funny looks but after that first bite.......it's all smiles!

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        relizabeth Jan 17, 2010 04:56 AM

        We often do tomato sauce with anchovies and olives with parsley, or zucchini salted, squeezed and tossed with dried mint and feta or parmesan shavings (out of oven) and no tomato. Also, tomato, sauted mushrooms and gruyere.

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          JCap Jan 16, 2010 01:58 PM

          Fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions kissed with balsamic vinegar, black olives, rosemary and prosciutto. No tomato product.

          1. othervoice Jan 15, 2010 11:44 AM

            I've done several mixes and this seems to be a family favorite.
            I buy the dough in the deli section of the market. Spread it out on a cookie sheet.
            Then I top with:
            Alfredo sauce ( homemade or jarred )
            Carmelized red onions
            crisp bacon
            Grilled chicken

            Great combination! If I have the time I also rub fresh garlic on the dough and rub in just a little good EVOO.

            1. BernalKC Jan 15, 2010 11:34 AM

              How about a white pie? Instead of tomato sauce beneath shredded mozarella, use a mix of ricotta and grated parm/romano blend spread on a lightly oiled shell, no tomoato sauce. I usually mix in some well-wilted spinach. Long ago in Cambridge MA I used to get a version with brocolli and walnuts. Think of it as an unfolded calzone -- lots of things can be mixed in: fresh herbs, salami, carmelized onion... Most recipes with ricotta call for a thick layer of cheese, often with egg -- basically a stuffed or deep dish pie. But I like 'em thin too.

              1. Perilagu Khan Jan 15, 2010 06:45 AM

                Hard salami and lightly sauteed fresh garlic.

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                  rainey Jan 15, 2010 04:36 AM

                  How about Mexican? Put a thin coating of mild enchilada sauce on the pizza dough and top with ground beef sautéed with some taco seasoning, halved black olives and sprinkle with a Mexican cheese blend. When it's baked sprinkle with chopped cilantro and dot with sour cream.

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                    gansu girl Jan 15, 2010 06:41 AM

                    That reminds me of a similar pizza we had on vacation last summer - similar toppings but also had fresh chopped tomatoes, local sweet corn and black beans and queso fresco. It was delicious.


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                      JungMann Jan 15, 2010 07:12 AM

                      On that note, how about Indian? Put a thin coating of hot Maggi sauce and tomato sauce on the pizza dough and top with ground lamb curry and sliced onions. Sprinkle with mozzarella and cheddar. When done, top with chopped cilantro and serve.

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                        Channa Jan 15, 2010 08:32 AM

                        Similarly -- cover the dough with chicken madras, thinly sliced red onion, and dollops of cream cheese. When baked, top with chopped cilantro and serve.

                    2. Emme Jan 14, 2010 08:48 PM

                      Don't know if this is too close to what you've already got, but

                      -butternut squash, caramelized onions, gruyere, sage, and drizzled with browned butter once out of the oven

                      - yukon potatoes, olive oil, yellow onions, rosemary, mozzarella

                      -broccoli rabe, sundried tomato pesto, mozzarella, romano, parmesan and dollops of ricotta with shreds of basil

                      black beans, cheddar, jack, topped with sour cream, guacamole and salsa and some tortilla strips once out of the oven

                      -walnut pesto, caramelized onions, sauteed wild mushrooms, parsley or tarragon

                      1. kasden Jan 14, 2010 06:45 PM

                        I like making pizza using pesto instead of tomato sauce. Toppings include artichokes, red onions, kalamata olives, mushrooms, chicken, roasted garlic, feta and mozzarella.

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                          smtucker Jan 14, 2010 07:17 PM

                          I love pizzas without tomato sauce, and my favorite substitute is pesto. A little pesto topped with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, fresh basil leaves and pine nuts. First had this in a small restaurant in Virginia Beach, wood-fired, and have been making this at home ever since.

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                            gansu girl Jan 15, 2010 04:04 AM

                            I actually got a log of goat cheese this week, expressly to make a pizza like this - I was going to leave off the sundried tomatoes and use fresh (even though they're sub-par here in the NE this time of year, cooked they're edible).

                            Also using goat cheese, I have this recipe (http://moderndomestic.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/beyond-the-margarita-pizza-with-spinach-goat-cheese-and-eggs/) bookmarked. Dunno if I'd make it exactly as written here, but I love spinach and always have it and eggs in the house. I love a runny egg over savory stuff and this really appeals to me.


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                            BernalKC Jan 15, 2010 11:23 AM

                            My absolute favorite pesto pizza comes from Pauline's Pizza in SF. There they bake the pie without the pesto. There is no tomato sauce either. I believe they form the dough, lighly oil the dough with EVOO, and top with cheese. As soon as the pie comes out of the oven, the brush the pesto on liberally and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and grated cheese. It is fabulous. And much better pesto flavor than other versions where the pesto is baked in.

                          3. Cherylptw Jan 14, 2010 05:15 PM

                            Ditto on the veg pizza; one of my kids (now adults) favorite pizza that I make has onions, peppers, broccoli, pre-cooked chopped potato, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and smoked gouda...no sauce, crust just brushed with roasted garlic paste, a drizzle of olive oil then the veggies...sprinkle on a little oregano...then the cheese and finish with torn fresh basil

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                              baloney Jan 14, 2010 05:10 PM

                              If you want to go for a lighter, veg pizza for the second, my favorite is roasted cauliflower and your choice of cheese(I like cheddar/gruyere but have done many successful combos). The key is to rub the dough with olive oil and paste of minced garlic and salt THEN top it. It's heavenly!

                              1. c oliver Jan 14, 2010 04:04 PM

                                Here are a ton of ideas:


                                I'm sure it's mentioned here but I love shaved fennel on pizza. I also like to put arugula on top after baking.

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                                  Deborah Jan 14, 2010 04:54 PM

                                  Thanks so much....embarrassed I didn't check old threads!

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                                    c oliver Jan 14, 2010 05:34 PM

                                    Nah. Just trying to help. There's SO much info here. You got me in the mood for homemade pizza. Thanks --- I guess :)

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                                    jarrettpotter Jan 14, 2010 04:55 PM

                                    freshly made deer sausage with a sweet red sauce and asiago cheese is delicious.......olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, mozz. cheese, clams and shrimp is a wonderful combination if you have the means..........crawfish, andouille sausage, asiago, mozz, carmelized onions and green pepper with a sweet red sauce is a winner too. ..............always top a hot pizza with leaves of fresh basil

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                                      squarehead Feb 1, 2011 07:48 AM

                                      "always top a hot pizza with leaves of fresh basil" - absolutely!!

                                      I love LOVE prosciutto, goat cheese, and fresh tomatoes. roast up some garlic butter and dress the crust..... YUM!

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