March 23, 2020
Though there are classics — pepperoni and mushroom, ham and pineapple —there’s really no limit to the combinations of ingredients you could use to top a pizza when you make it at home. Start with a pre-baked crust, and your pizza will only take 10-15 minutes in a 450˚F oven — bake it on a large cookie sheet, or directly on the oven rack for a crisper bottom.
Here are a few topping combos you may not have thought of:
Use barbecue sauce as a base, or stir a tablespoon each of brown sugar and chili powder, and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce to the packet of tomato sauce that comes in your pizza kit. Top with chopped roasted chicken, roasted red peppers and grated mozzarella. Bake at 450˚F for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
Use bottled basil pesto instead of tomato sauce, top with sliced black olives, small cooked shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta and grated mozzarella and bake at 450˚F for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbly and golden. If you like, top the warm pizza with sliced avocado.
Top with spicy salami, chopped fresh pineapple and grated mozzarella. Bake at 450˚F for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
Use basil pesto on the crust, top with chopped olives, sautéed spinach, peppers and mushrooms, crumbled goat cheese and grated mozzarella. Bake at 450˚F for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
Top with cooked ground beef and crumbled bacon, and sauté some mushrooms in the pan as you cook the beef or mushrooms. Sprinkle with a three cheese blend that includes cheddar and bake at 450˚F for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
Chop fresh mushrooms—preferably a mix of white, brown, portobello, or other varieties—in a drizzle of olive oil and 1-2 Tbsp butter, along with some fresh thyme, until golden. Spread soft goat cheese on your pizza, top with sautéed mushrooms and grated mozzarella. Bake at 450˚F for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
Bacon and Egg
Spread pre-baked crust with a spoonful of ricotta or crumble over some goat cheese, and top with wilted greens and cooked bacon. Bake at 450˚F for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven, crack an egg or two onto the middle, and return to the oven for 7-10 minutes, until the egg white is set but the yolk is still runny.
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