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Old 03-12-2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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Pizza Toppings

I am wanting to start making pizza at home and wonder what your favorite toppings are besides the usual tomato sauce sausage and mozzarella cheese. Also how hot should the oven be and how long does it usually take to cook pizza?

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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My oh my, nothing is safe from being a potential topping on a pizza of mine. To give an example, one of my latest favorites is thin slices of sweet potato.

Regarding how hot it should be, I generally put my oven as hot as it goes (500 degrees or so). I like to get a good balance of some blackened spots on the bottom of the crust and nicely browned cheese / cooked toppings.

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:13 AM   #3
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I like virtually any pizza topping so long as it's not sweet (like the strangely popular pineapple & so-called "dessert" pizzas).

My favorites are:

Chopped clams & garlic (on a white pizza - aka no tomato sauce, just ricotta & mozzarella cheese)
White Cheese (no tomato sauce - just ricotta, mozzarella, feta, & parmesan cheese. Fresh thinly sliced tomato is okay.)
Sliced or crumbled turkey sausage
Turkey pepperoni
Fresh sliced tomatoes & fresh whole basil leaves
Mushrooms - plain white button or a mix of different kinds (this is particularly good on a "white" pizza)
Ranch Style - this is a variation on white where the base is a good tangy Ranch dressing. Veggie toppings are particularly nice on this one.
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:22 AM   #4
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The sky is the limit for toppings.

I will agree with flukx about the temp. I crank mine as hot as possible. I also use a pizza stone and get that nice and hot before the pizza goes on. It takes about 8 minutes or so for me to cook a pizza to perfection.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:28 AM   #5
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And check this out for an ABsolutely FABulous pizza crust recipe with cooking directions: No Knead Pizza Dough: Pear and Gorgonzola Flatbread with Baby Arugula and Shaved Parmesan

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Old 03-12-2008, 10:38 AM   #6
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What do you like on your pizza?

Also - if you click on this link and check out the titles you will find lots more!

I like a white pizza, but, not what a lot of people call a white pizza. My version is the crust is drizzled with olive oil, then there is a sprinkling of shallots, walnuts, fresh basil, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers....this stuff is scattered, not heavy and thick.

I also like a lobster and brie pizza - again the crust is drizzled with olive oil, no red sauce.

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Old 03-12-2008, 11:04 AM   #7
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I love a good veggie pizza...also do one with white sauce steak, grilled onions, mushrooms and swiss cheese that is very good.

We cook ours at 425 for 12 minutes to 15 minutes.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:24 AM   #8
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I have eaten, enjoyed and made breakfast pizzas...Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage of various types, ham, hash browns, cheeses, peppers, fresh tomato, salsa, hot sauce, grits, would be some options...
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:46 AM   #9
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Tomatoes are my favorite! I also like to add green onions, garlic, and I've never tried this--but I just had a thought that it might be fun to try fresh garden peas on my pizza.

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Old 03-12-2008, 12:16 PM   #10
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Sliced potato, rosemary and chicken with cheese. Thats my favorite (white) pizza

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