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Old 02-09-2008, 01:56 PM   #1
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Alternatives to classic pizza toppings

I want to make some pizzas today, but I don't really want to do the standard classic toppings on it (the mozzarella cheese, basil, etc). So, my question is, what's the most off-beat pizza you've ever had or made, and what kind of toppings should I try or just steer away from?

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Old 02-09-2008, 01:58 PM   #2
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We often use white sauce and top with venison or beef strips, grilled onions, raw onions and Swiss cheese. It's delish!!
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I like to saute some onions and garlic in olive oil. Pour this over the crust and top with in this order - fresh spinach leaves, red onion slivers, goat cheese, chopped walnuts, fresh basil and that's just about it. The pie isn't completely covered with goat cheese either, or any of the ingredients for that matter. It's really light and refreshing. Feta is a good cheese to use too in place of the goat or even fresh water-packed mozzarella.

Another favorite is to brush on a bit of honey and top with mozzarella, fontina, Canadian bacon, a few pineapple chunks, and large pieces of the green part of a spring onion.

Another favorite is brush on olive oil, garlic, onions, brie cheese, and lobster chunks with the occasional roasted red pepper tossed all around.

Can you tell that "favorite" is used anytime I mention a pizza ingredient?
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I like to saute some onions and garlic in olive oil. Pour this over the crust and top with in this order - fresh spinach leaves, red onion slivers, goat cheese, chopped walnuts, fresh basil and that's just about it.
That sounds SO good I'm drooling!!!
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That sounds SO good I'm drooling!!!
It's pretty awesome!! Of course it could be that the first time my sister and I had it we took it to the beach and watched the sunset at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon!
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:21 PM   #6
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Welcome to DC Quark! Make yourself at home.

I made a fried Catfish Pizza a while back, so you might think about fish or shrimp etc.

Have Fun!
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:22 PM   #7
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I need a red sauce, or it's not pizza , but sometimes I put grilled chicken and roasted red peppers on it, with fresh mozzarella. DH likes to brush the crust with flavored olive oil (my sister sent us basil oil for Christmas last year) and top it with caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, a sprinkle of herbs (not sure what he uses) and feta cheese.
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:33 PM   #8
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One of our favorites is one that restaurants on Long Island, NY, served (& still do, I understand) - "Clam & Garlic".

No tomatoes, just ricotta cheese spread over the crust, then lots of chopped garlic & chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley sauteed lightly in extra-virgin olive oil, then 2-3 cans of drained chopped clams topped with grated mozzarella & parmesan cheese.

Heaven!!

This is KE - Breezy says to sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes too!

Thanks KitchenElf!! And - I'm such a fritterhead!! I also sprinkle on some dried oregano as well!! But again - diehard pizza fans would probably add that anyway - lol!!
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One of our favorites is one that restaurants on Long Island, NY, served (& still do, I understand) - "Clam & Garlic".

No tomatoes, just ricotta cheese spread over the crust, then lots of chopped garlic & chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley sauteed lightly in extra-virgin olive oil, then 2-3 cans of drained chopped clams topped with grated mozzarella & parmesan cheese.

Heaven!!
I can't find my fainting emoticon! Now THAT sounds wonderful!
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So, my question is, what's the most off-beat pizza you've ever had or made, and what kind of toppings should I try or just steer away from?
Are you ready for this

Black Mustard Barbecue Slather Pizza



1 pre-cooked pizza crust (I used Mama Mary's)
2 TBS Black Mustard Slather Barbecue Slather
2 TBS Ranch Dressing
2 TBS Mayonnaise
BBQ Rub (Slather Dust is a good choice)
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Pulled Pork, shredded or chopped
Bread and Butter Pickles, slightly drained

Mix together the mustard slather, Ranch dressing and the mayonnaise. Spread over the top of the pizza crust. Sprinkle on some of the BBQ Rub. Put on a thin layer of the shredded Cheddar (I like 'sharp'). Now put on the Pulled Pork and then the pickles. Cover that with another layer of the Cheddar and then some more BBQ Rub.

Bake on a 425 grill with pizza stone for approximately 10-12 minutes

Here is a little step-by-step....






This was different, to say the least. However, if you like the Black Mustard BBQ Slather and you like Pulled Pork, then you shouldn't have a problem with it. To kick it up a notch, I'd suggest adding some hot sauce or cayenne to the pizza 'sauce'.



Homemade Bread & Butter Pickles
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Black Mustard Barbecue Slather
BlackMustard BBQ Slather

Recipe developed and tested by Ask-A-Butcher.com
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:10 PM   #11
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Not too offbeat, but tastes good .
Dough + ricotta + mozzarella + sauteed spinach garlic and oil

Or salad pizza
dough Bake until almost ready, add a layer or provolone & let melt
let cool
place lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, cucumber, feta, sesame seeds and italian dressing ( personally I like good seasons italian dressing)
some put grilled chicken, fried bacon ...
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I can't find my fainting emoticon! Now THAT sounds wonderful!
I so agree - must try to make this one - yum !
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Are you ready for this
NO - but I'd jump on that bad boy if it were in front of me right now! The only thing I see missing is the slaw - I guess that would be served on the side?

Yes please, I'll have a slice of barbecue
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Bbq sauce, shrimp, bacon, smoked gouda, and crack an egg right in the center and bake until the egg is yolk is just cooked medium.

Roasted red pepper puree for the "sauce", shaved fennel, baby spinach, crab meat, fontina and mozzerella, crushed red pepper and a drizzle of olive oil to finish.
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:11 PM   #15
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Re: Clam & Garlic Pizza - forgot to add that we also sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes to taste, but hard-core pizza lovers probably already figured that in - lol!!!
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:33 PM   #16
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TATTRAT let me down ... I just KNEW he would have a SPAM and pineapple with 5-spice powder and something else ....
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:47 PM   #17
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Re: Clam & Garlic Pizza - you can also turn this into a "Clams Casino" pizza by adding crumbled bacon (I use turkey bacon) & diced roasted red pepper to the topping. :)
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I want to make some pizzas today, but I don't really want to do the standard classic toppings on it (the mozzarella cheese, basil, etc). So, my question is, what's the most off-beat pizza you've ever had or made, and what kind of toppings should I try or just steer away from?
BBQ sauce instead of tomato, strips of beef, ham, peppers, hot pepper cheese....
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they all sound really good
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Um, wow! And slathering on some slaw would be awesome, LOL.
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