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Jan 14, 2010 03:57 PM

Ideas for Pizza Toppings

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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  1. 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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    1. re: c oliver

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

      1. re: Deborah

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

      2. re: c oliver

        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

        1. re: jarrettpotter

          "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!

      3. 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. 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 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

          1. 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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            1. re: kasden

              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.

              1. re: smtucker

                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 ( 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.


              2. re: kasden

                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. 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