Pepperoni is a staple of American pizza. You can’t go to a pie place without visiting a double- or even triple-pepperoni pie on the menu. This humble sausage is not the only topping out there, however. There are tons of topping combinations that don’t include pepperoni at all. Prepare your taste buds for new and delicious flavors that might just turn into your next staple.
Pizza is often known for being meat-laden; there’s not a menu out there that doesn’t feature a”meat lover’s” or”all meat” pie. The next time you are in the mood for something cheesy and delicious, go the opposite direction with your slice. Pizzerias offer an extensive selection of vegetables, like onions, eggplant, tomatoes, red peppers, broccoli, and more. Request a large one with all of the veggies. Tell yourself you are being”healthy.”
Have you ever felt like your dinner had one too many tomatoes? This is much lighter than the pepperoni or cheese pies you’re used to getting. Rather than marinara, order a pie with a brush of olive oil. Ask for it to be topped with mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and possibly some green olives. Drizzle a little olive oil over the baked pie before eating it. This results in a flavorful pie that is light yet satisfying, and it doesn’t have one tomato.
Ask for your dough to be dispersed with hot wing sauce, and then have sliced chicken or even chicken wings and bleu cheese included. You might also try this with ranch instead of hot wing sauce, with the buffalo sauce on the side. This would be a terrific choice for wing fans, or for dinner or snacks during a game.
For this one, you can begin with the plain old marinara sauce, but you will want to request cheddar rather than the more common mozzarella cheese. Add ground beef, red or white chopped onions, and diced tomatoes, and, last but not least, bacon. This one smells great, but the flavor is even better.
This one might sound a little strange at first, but the flavor combination works. The vinegary flavor of the green olives complements the saltier taste of the ham, and the red peppers offer a nice, sharp contrast. Try on a traditional mozzarella and marinara pizza, or order it with pesto to get a smoky complement.
Needless to say, these are only some of the many flavor combinations possible from the ingredients found at most pizzerias. Walnuts, pears, as well as pickled eggs are popping up on pies. Visit your neighborhood shop to find out what’s available and how to spice up your next pizza.