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Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Versatile Pizza-The Universal Food

The nice thing about pizza is that you can take your favorite food (besides pizza!) and make an interesting pizza. It is not unusual to see a hot new ethnic food made into a pizza by one of the major pizza chains.  I have blogged on the Maryland Crab pizza.  We are all familiar with taco pizza, Philly cheesesteak pizza, Hawaiian pizza and California pizza but how about some more diverse choices?  How about Thai Peanut Pizza? Or Greek pizza? Sweet and sour shrimp pizza? Pot Roast pizza?

I thinking of an unusual pizza you have to first think of what sauce would use for the base.  Using the pot roast pizza as an example a rich gravy or mushroom sauce would replace the tomato sauce.  For the Thai peanut pizza a peanut sauce of peanut butter and coconut milk might work.  You might even try mixing in a little tomato sauce to have a little more familiar taste. Another trick is to puree the vegetables that your family doesn’t like and add it to the sauce and they will never know they are eating their vegetables

The second consideration is of course the toppings.  This is usually obvious but the right combination of toppings that are complementary with the sauce is important.  Again as an example the pot roast pizza would have shredded pot roast meat, sliced mushrooms and shredded carrots.  The use of potatoes could be small-diced pieces or shredded hash browned potatoes.  I would add some chopped tomato to again make it pizza like.

Anyone for sushi pizza?



Midnight Ryder said...

Last weekend, 12 of 29 Grammar School classmates (back in the K-8th days)
reunited at our Happy Days pizza parlor for a 50th mini-reunion. Three hours, many drinks and a boatload of NJ thin crust pizza later, topped with the likes of salty one can only imagine, sans hearty vegetables (unless olives fit that bill), we rejoiced at life. Pizza is a not just a's a scent that lingers long after the slices are gone...

Brent The Brewer said...

I love the cheeseburger pizza that Pizzeria Unos offers up. Nothing like pickles and hamburger on a pizza!