Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pizza Toppings

Some of you asked about my family's favorite pizza toppings.

Of course there is always the basic tomato sauce with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, bacon and olives topped with mozzarella cheese. To be honest, this is are most common pizza at our house. (Well, all but the pepperoni which I refuse to buy.) I make tons of pizza sauce in the summer and sometimes the basic and familiar is just the best.

Often I make a separate pizza for Ed and I where we enjoy caramelized onions, garlic and lots of red and green peppers that make the children turn up their nose.

But beyond the basic tomato sauce and toppings, here are a few more pizza ideas we've enjoyed.

Chicken BB Pizza: Barbeque sauce with cooked chicken and cheddar cheese

Chicken Alfredo Pizza: Alfredo sauce (jarred or homemade) with cooked chicken and mozzarella. Brocolli is also a favorite addition and maybe some chopped fresh tomato for color. This is Ed's favorite pizza.

Ham Swiss Pizza: Cooked ham, sliced swiss, broccoli with just a tiny bit of tomato sauce

Taco Pizza: On a partly baked crust, spread refried beans. Add ground beef cooked in taco seasoning, olives, salsa and cheddar cheese. After baking, add chopped tomatoes and lettuce.

Sloppy Jo Pizza - Ground beef and peppers cooked in barbecue sauce topped with mozzarella cheese.

To be honest, some of these pizzas were discovered accidentally. Often by Saturday pizza night, I'm just trying to clean out the fridge. So I ask what would taco meat taste on pizza, or meatloaf, or (I actually tried it) mashed potatoes? I decided about anything works unless it is a dessert or a soup! (Hmmm....but how about a thick cream of asparagus soup? Garnished with a  little bacon? Might not be bad.)

I didn't even mention using salad dressing such as Ranch with bacon for a BLT. Add the fresh tomato and lettuce after baking.

The ideas really are limitless. There is more than one reason to avoid the lowly pepperoni!

For more ideas check out Tammy's great pizza recipes.

And speaking of dessert pizzas - check out this video on Pizza Quest of a S'mores pizza! Definitely want to try it!

How do you like your pizza?


  1. We love homemade pizza at our house! Usually I break off a piece of the dough and make a separate pizza in an iron skillet for my son who just likes onion and cheese on his pizza. My husband loves it piled high with toppings - sausage, pepperoni, bacon, onion, peppers, spinach, mushrooms, olives or whatever I have that will go on top. Another favorite here is spinach and chicken alfredo pizza. I would like to find out how you make homemade jarred alfredo sauce. Do you have a recipe for it on your blog? I have made it many times - but I'm not sure it would last jarred. I really enjoy your blog although I don't always comment. Thanks for the great reading!

  2. My favorite pizza is Buffalo Chicken Pizza, with ranch dipping sauce on the side, we also make a supreme pizza with pepperoni, sausage, onions, peppers, black olives, mushrooms, the kids like cheese!! And sometimes my youngest son asks for pepperoni and black olives!!

    Thats the great thing about making hm pizza you can anything you like. Sometimes its fun to do a make your own individual pizzas that way.

  3. I have made all those you mentioned. Two of our other favorites are cheesesteak pizza and chicken salsa, with salsa as the sauce and topped with chicken and chedder. I think we would be friends if we lived close by. =) Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

  4. @Pam- I make pizza in my cast iron skillet too, dh loves it that way!!

  5. I've never made this myself, but my favorite pizza "back home" (in Iowa) is from a pizza shop that makes BLT pizza. They use a little sauce, then cook it with just bacon and cheese. Once out of the oven, they add chopped lettuce and tomatoes and ... I'm almost ashamed to admit it ... mayonnaise. Sounds terrible, but it is what I crave the minute I drive into my hometown. :)

  6. Oh, the pizza looks yummy! Homemade pizza is the best. Thanks so much for sharing your tips and recipes with us today for Sunday Favorites...this was a real treat! Of course, now I'm hungry for pizza! Hehe!


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