Suggestions for pizza topping combinations, please!
I love making my own pizza, but I'm in a rut - stuck on the same few pizza topping combinations.
What are your favorite toppings?
(No seafood or olives, please)
Some are boring (pineapple and pepperoni or ham) but some more interesting are:
- caramelized onions, rosemary, blue cheese. Instead of tomato sauce, use ricotta
- spinach, chicken, feta
- pesto, Brie. Mango
1) Hot Italian sausage, feta, banana peppers, fresh tomatoes at the end.
2) Smoked salmon, capers, fresh tomatoes (ranch or cream cheese sauce base)
3) Seared beef strips, brie, arugula at the end, finish with good quality OVOO.
4) Vegetarian with garlic white sauce base, artichokes, tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers with cheddar/mozza blend on top. (I also like cilantro on this one, but some people don't)
I have had pizza made with bbq sauce as the pizza sauce with chicken and cheese.. Yum...A version that is chicken, cheese, and ranch. Same idea as above. My fav was Taco pizza. Building from the bottom up was salsa, cheese, Taco seasoned burger browned nicely.. then after removing from the oven they slathered a bunch of sour cream and shredded lettuce on it. The combo of hot and cold was excellent! :)
I always use garlic and olive oil instead of marinara sauce
sauteed shiitakes and shallots with or without italian sausage
a margarita style pizza (fresh mozz, sliced tomato, basil) topped with strips of prosciutto
we also usually do clams and bacon, but you said no seafood
Keep it simple
Fresh ripe tomatoes, arugula or spinach, and some fresh mozzarella. Drizzle of fine EVOO and some sea salt to finish.
I love capa cola ham - it's a spicy Italian. I frequently combine that with some caramelized onions and a nice cheese.
scrambled eggs, sausage crumbles, tater tots, and roasted red peppers. . . .lose the tomato sauce and go with white country gravy
Last night I used leftover sauce from braised short ribs ( a wine sauce) with provolone, sliced pears, gorgonzola, chopped walnuts, dried Rosemary, and a tad of truffle oil. Could have swooned.
My all-time favorite is Pepperoni, mushrooms & onion with a red sauce.
As I posted above, I also love BBQ chicken pizza. I've had it also with ham on the pizza with the chicken which is good as well.
Chicken and artichoke (the non-marinated kind) with red sauce and mozzarella is another favorite of ours.
Reuben pizza Use 1000 isle dressing for the sauce, add shredded corned beef, sauteed onions, sauerkraut and top with swiss cheese. I usually sprinkle caraway seeds on top to give it that rye bread profile
One of my favorites is sauerkraut with pineapple and either ham or sausage. Just be sure and drain that kraut well so the whole thing isnt a soggy mess.
I love sun-dried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers and mushrooms. Sometimes I just brush the crust with some olive oil, a little bit garlic, then bake the crust. Meanwhile toss some fresh arugula with some cherry tomatoes if you like with fresh lemon juice, a little bit extra-virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, and a little bit red pepper flakes if you like some spicy taste. Once the crust is done, top the crust with this fresh salad, heavenly delicious. (http://recipeland.com)
I made a buffalo chicken this past weekend. I purchased some grilled chicken and dipped it in a mixture of Cookies Wings-N-Things Hot Sauce + Farmhouse Blue Cheese dressing. The sauce for the pizza was Alfredo combined with Farmhouse Blue Cheese. I like blue cheese, but it is a very strong taste for me so I added just enough Farmhouse Blue Cheese to give flavor to the alfredo sauce. For cheese, I used Mozzarella and cheddar. Put some thinly sliced onions on there as well.
If you are having company, making several different pizzas can take lots of prep time. Purchasing the hot sauce and blue cheese dressing is a time saver.
Chinese 5-spice BBQ Flavored Pizza
make one 14 inch thin crust pizza
One of my family members challenged me to make a pizza with Chinese flavorings. This makes a saucy, crunchy pizza that has the flavor of a Chinese BBQ Pork Bun. It turned out really good and now I have to make it frequently for my family.
Makes one 14 inch pizza
Chinese 5-spice Flavored Pizza Sauce:
1 1/4 cups Hunts Garlic and Herb Pasta sauce (from a 28 oz can)
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce
1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1 Tbsp Honey
1 1/2 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
1 1/2 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
1 1/2 tsp Seasoned Rice Vinegar
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1/2 tsp Hickory flavored liquid smoke
Combine ingredients and mix well. Spread on pizza.
2 cups Shredded Pulled Pork, drained of any liquid (you can also use shredded, cooked, chicken. I've used canned chicken in a pinch).
1 cup finely diced cabbage coleslaw mix
1/2 cup Water Chestnuts, Diced (from canned, drained)
1 cup French's French Fried Onions (the ones used on a green bean casserole)
1 cup La Choy Chow Mein Noodles, slightly crushed
3/4 cup shredded Walmart Great Value Fiesta Blend cheese (Monterey jack, cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, asadero cheese)
- Press dough into pizza pan.
- Coat pizza dough evenly with Chinese 5-spice Flavored Pizza Sauce. Leave about an inch or two of dough around the edge un-coated.
- Add toppings evenly in the order listed.
- Bake at 425 F for 25 minutes
Standard red sauce and mozzarella cheese, bacon, then crack an egg right over the top midway through cooking. Keep the yolk runny.
Traditional Italian pizzas like the "Kono Pizza"?
Same Italian website in English.
Italian ingredients like chocolate, puffed rice, fruit, ham, tuna?
I'm making this one tomorrow:
white sauce with Cajun spice blend
diced chicken sautéed in the same Cajun spice blend
marinated artichoke hearts
Mama Lil's pickled red peppers
Next up after that...the pizza purists will come after me for sure, but...
Thai peanut sauce
diced chicken, sautéed in a little coconut milk and Thai red curry paste
thin-sliced green onions
pesto/mozzarella/feta/artichoke hearts/mushrooms/onion/sundried tomato
bbq sauce instead of tomato, chicken, whole milk mozzarella, cilantro and red onion
sautéed wild mushrooms with crumbled sweet italian sausage
margarita: fresh motz, basil and fresh tomato
goat cheese and mushroom
no sauce, fresh mozzarella pieces, canned diced tomato pieces, drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper and sprinkled with prosciutto slices rolled up and then sliced into rounds.
pepperoni and pineapple
Our current favorite: Crumbled orgonzola and apple slices, sprinkled with spiced pecans and some shredded mozza/romano. We usually make this on puff pastry, but it should work on pizza dough as well.
I also have a fondness for spreading a thin layer of ranch dressing as a sauce, then topping with sliced tomatoes, red onions, grilled chicken, and shredded mozza/cheddar.
I love the combination of lemon, goat cheese, and zucchini.
Mix the juice of half of a lemon with 4 ounces of room temperature goat cheese, and spread it on your dough.
Arrange zucchini and/or yellow squash slices across the top.
Squeeze the other half of the lemon over the squash.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil if you like.