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Pizza Topping Showdown!

I'm going to a friend's house for dinner on Friday, and we're having a pizza showdown. He's bringing his toppings, we're bringing our toppings, and we're going to see who puts together the best combination. This guy's a really good cook and he makes great pizza, but I'd like to see if I can't match him this time. I'm hoping the Chowhound community might have an idea for a delicious combination that will contrast what I'm up against, and maybe even taste a little better. I had the notion of doing something traditional, but doing it really well; for some reason, I also had mango in my head, but I'm not totally sold on it.

My nemesis has revealed that he's going to be doing caramelized onions, proscuitto, artichokes, asparagus, olives, and feta.

He's providing the crust, and it won't be anything unusual. Oh, and the toppings require cooking, I'd like to do that in advance before I take it over there.

What do I counter with?

Thanks!

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  1. My favourite is bacon, artichokes, pineapple and spinach. It may be a little too similar to his toppings, although the sweetness from the pineapple is really the key. If you do try this combination, make sure that the bacon is good and crispy and that the pineapple is fresh, not canned. It could be interesting if you grilled the pineapple first, to get a nice caramelized crusty layer. It's also delicious with dabs of soft goat cheese, but once again, this might be a little too close to his feta.

    1. I had a wonderful pizza recently where the chef added a farm fresh egg right before it went into the oven. Thin crust, ten minutes and the yolk was still runny. It had pancetta, caramelized onions and roasted red peppers. Egg added a richness.

      1. My favorite: arugula (a big pile), prosciutto, blue cheese, red onion, sliced garlic, red bell pepper, a shake of crushed red pepper and a little shredded mozzerella.

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        1. re: suburban_mom

          I will be doing a similar combo this weekend. Sorrel, prociutto, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, red onion, and the shake.

        2. Anchovies, black olives, Pecorino cheese, capers.
          Here's a link for the recipe (I wouldn't do it as a deep dish but simply as a typical Italian pizza pie)
          http://www.culturecheesemag.com/Putta...
          It's a winner for certain .....

          1. my fave - sundried tomato tapenade, bed of ricotta cheese, parmesan, mozzarella, romano, and fresh basil.

            also good, carmelized onions, wild mushrooms in a balsamic glaze, walnut pesto, gruyere, and parsley or basil.