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Suggestions for pizza topping combinations, please!

hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 02:35 PM

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)

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    CanadaGirl RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 02:39 PM

    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

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      Jzone RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 02:42 PM

      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)

      1. Perilagu Khan RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 02:45 PM

        salami and fresh garlic

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          master815k RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 03:00 PM

          Fig jam, fresh mozz, prosciutto, and arugula put on after it comes out.

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            gtogirl RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 03:10 PM

            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! :)

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              Jzone RE: gtogirl Feb 2, 2012 05:57 PM

              2nd this one as well. Works great with a stuffed pizza and with turkey or chicken taco meat. I like avocado slices at the end and cilantro sprinkled on top, whatever you enjoy with tacos will work.

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                jenscats5 RE: gtogirl Feb 3, 2012 04:44 AM

                I am also a fan of the BBQ chicken pizza - BBQ sauce, onion, chicken & cheese...YUM!!

                The taco pizza sounds good as well!

              2. MrsCheese RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 08:16 PM

                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

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                  malabargold RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 08:57 PM

                  Minced raw garlic, raisins, maytag

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                    Jzone RE: malabargold Feb 3, 2012 12:11 AM

                    maytag... you put a household appliance on your pizza?!?

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                      Kelli2006 RE: Jzone Feb 3, 2012 01:48 AM

                      Maytag blue cheese.

                  2. mtoo RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 09:04 PM

                    Thinly sliced potatoes with rosemary, parmigiano reggiano, cracked black pepper, sea salt. and a drizzle of olive oil. (Best on a thin crust.)

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                      Jzone RE: mtoo Feb 3, 2012 12:12 AM

                      Yah... all over this one too. "good" truflle oil works with this as well.

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                        CanadaGirl RE: mtoo Feb 3, 2012 01:24 PM


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                          BeefeaterRocks RE: mtoo Mar 3, 2012 02:27 PM

                          Potato Pesto Pizza, I made it without the feta as I didn't have any. http://americanfood.about.com/od/pizz...

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                            mcel215 RE: BeefeaterRocks Mar 4, 2012 04:25 AM

                            Did you add extra Monteray Jack on it then? Thanks, I am not a fan of feta, but love the sound of this pizza...

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                              BeefeaterRocks RE: mcel215 Mar 4, 2012 09:39 AM

                              No, however my pan was only 9-1/2 X 13 so I adjusted the recipe accordingly. It was very good.

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                          laytonj1 RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 09:05 PM

                          Our new favorite... Pepperoni, pineapple and jalapeño. Really yummy!

                          1. ipsedixit RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 09:23 PM

                            Keep it simple

                            Fresh ripe tomatoes, arugula or spinach, and some fresh mozzarella. Drizzle of fine EVOO and some sea salt to finish.

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                              chocchic RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 09:31 PM

                              I love capa cola ham - it's a spicy Italian. I frequently combine that with some caramelized onions and a nice cheese.

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                                seamunky RE: hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2012 10:22 PM

                                scrambled eggs, sausage crumbles, tater tots, and roasted red peppers. . . .lose the tomato sauce and go with white country gravy

                                1. mcel215 RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 03:21 AM

                                  Spread dough with about 3 tablespoons pesto, slices of mozzarella, then top with fresh thinly sliced tomatoes. Top with a sprinkle of good parmesan cheese and a drizzle of good olive oil. Pop in 500 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Yum.


                                  1. melpy RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 03:43 AM

                                    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.

                                    1. TrishUntrapped RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 04:35 AM

                                      Very popular in Massachusetts where I am originally from: Linguica, a Portuguese sausage. Chopped it into small pieces, and fry it up before adding to the topping.


                                      1. jenscats5 RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 04:46 AM

                                        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.

                                        1. mtoo RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 07:25 AM

                                          Chicken and artichoke (the non-marinated kind) with red sauce and mozzarella is another favorite of ours.

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                                            ctfoodguy RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 12:25 PM

                                            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

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                                              niquejim RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 12:56 PM

                                              I've tried his fennel and annisette pizza and I will soon try this one I saw yesterday

                                              1. hotoynoodle RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 01:13 PM

                                                gorgonzola, prosciutto and figs
                                                ricotta, spicy sausage and sliced cherry peppers
                                                feta, spinach, tiny bits of olive
                                                mint, feta and spicy lamb meatballs
                                                white clam pizza

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                                                  Jzone RE: hotoynoodle Feb 3, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                  I know the OP said no seafood, but thanks for not listening. I am so trying that white clam pizza. Yum.

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                                                  Chips RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    happyzhangbo RE: hungryjoanne Feb 3, 2012 08:48 PM

                                                    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)

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                                                      csacks RE: hungryjoanne Feb 4, 2012 06:09 AM

                                                      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.

                                                      1. Antilope RE: hungryjoanne Mar 2, 2012 11:50 PM

                                                        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

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                                                          jpc8015 RE: hungryjoanne Mar 3, 2012 03:22 AM

                                                          Standard red sauce and mozzarella cheese, bacon, then crack an egg right over the top midway through cooking. Keep the yolk runny.

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                                                            Harters RE: hungryjoanne Mar 3, 2012 05:17 AM

                                                            My preferred toppings are pretty much anything that wouldnt be out of place in Italy. So no pineapple, no Chinese, no curry toppings. These are just really weird to my tastebuds

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                                                              Antilope RE: Harters Mar 3, 2012 06:09 AM

                                                              Traditional Italian pizzas like the "Kono Pizza"?


                                                              Same Italian website in English.

                                                              Italian ingredients like chocolate, puffed rice, fruit, ham, tuna?


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                                                                Harters RE: Antilope Mar 3, 2012 06:36 AM

                                                                Doesnt that just sound really vile?

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                                                                  hotoynoodle RE: Harters Mar 3, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                  i've seen buffalo chicken pizza and it makes me wanna throw up in my mouth a bit.

                                                                  same with peeps dipping regular cheese pizza in ranch dressing. WHAT is that all about? jeebus.

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                                                                    MsMaryMc RE: hotoynoodle Mar 3, 2012 01:07 PM

                                                                    It's about the fact that some people like some very un-traditional things on their pizzas...which is what this thread is all about.

                                                                    But thanks for sharing.

                                                            2. MsMaryMc RE: hungryjoanne Mar 3, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                              I'm making this one tomorrow:

                                                              white sauce with Cajun spice blend
                                                              diced chicken sautéed in the same Cajun spice blend
                                                              Tasso ham
                                                              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
                                                              shredded carrots
                                                              bean sprouts
                                                              thin-sliced green onions

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                                                                tritecliche RE: hungryjoanne Mar 3, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                                i like:

                                                                pesto/mozzarella/feta/artichoke hearts/mushrooms/onion/sundried tomato

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                                                                  rasputina RE: hungryjoanne Mar 3, 2012 02:01 PM

                                                                  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

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                                                                    dustchick RE: hungryjoanne Mar 4, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      DawnMW RE: hungryjoanne Mar 4, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                                      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.

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