When it comes to pleasing every palate at the table, pizza is about as close as you can get to universal meal approval. Whether you’re gathering around a steaming box of delivery or pulling a piping hot homemade pie out of the oven, it’s hard not to drool in anticipation of that crisp crust, delicious sauce, and oozy melted cheese. It’s easy to go with a classic like pepperoni or peppers and onions, but when you’re cooking pizza at home, who says you have to go traditional with your toppings? From breakfast pizza to dessert pizza and everything in between, we’ve come up with our top ten unconventional toppings that you simply must try.
Fig And Prosciutto
Prosciutto and fresh fig is one of the most classic, sought-after combinations out there. On a pizza it will immediately take your pie from hum-drum to home run. This particular blue cheese studded recipe also includes potent crumbles of gorgonzola and a peppery arugula pesto for some bite, so it’s hard to go wrong.
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White Pizza With Brussels Sprouts And Balsamic
Brussels sprouts are one of our favorite fall vegetables, so you knew we weren’t going to miss an opportunity to work them onto our menu any way we could. After one taste of this half-sweet-half-tart balsamic drizzle, which perfectly highlights the caramelization on the sprouts, you’ll be shocked you didn’t think of this combo all on your own.
Apple Cheddar Pizza With Caramelized Onions And Walnuts
The same way that apple pie can be improved by melting a slice of cheddar on top, a traditional cheese pizza can be boosted into the stratosphere by bringing in juicy wedges of apple. This pie is a sweet and savory work of art, with aged cheddar, caramelized onions, and walnuts. Not to mention it is finished off with the pièce de résistance: maple-glazed apples. Yum!
Peach, Basil, And Mozzarella Pizza
Frankly, now that we’ve tasted this peach and mozzarella opus, dotted with herbaceous basil and drizzled in balsamic, we don’t understand why fruit on pizza isn’t more common. From the juiciness of the peaches to the salty creaminess of the cheese to the acidity of the reduction, you’ll feel like there’s a full-scale party going on in your mouth.
Clam, Chili, and Parsley Pizza
If you love clams steamed in a simple white wine and garlic sauce, trying that combination on a pizza should be a no-brainer. You don’t need to overcomplicate this with fancy ingredients. Plump littleneck clams, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, and blistered crust will speak for themselves!
Shaved Asparagus And Ricotta Pizza
Food should be both colorful and beautiful, and this delicate forest of shaved asparagus over a slick of creamy ricotta does not disappoint in that regard. And the taste won’t let you down either, as just the tiniest squeeze of lemon and some pressed garlic bring this masterpiece to balanced perfection.
Beet Pesto Pizza With Goat Cheese
beet pesto, add on melty dabs of goat cheese and handfuls of kale, and finish with a blanket of mozzarella — pure heaven, especially when everything’s been crisped up under the broiler.
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Raspberry Mascarpone Pizza
If you haven’t tried dessert pizza before, what’s been holding you back? Look at the sweet-tartness of the lemon curd perfectly playing off the rich, buttery mascarpone here. Or the dusting of powdered sugar. Or the juicy raspberries dotting the top. Seriously, what excuse can you possibly have for not gobbling this creation down on sight?
Tequila Marinated Shrimp Pizza With Cilantro Pesto
With as many bold ingredients as this pie has — we’re talking tequila-marinated srhimp, red peppers, mango slices, cilantro pesto, and Oaxaca cheese — somehow they all sing in harmony, with no ingredient outshining any other. It’s a pizza miracle!
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