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|Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:18 am Post subject: Toppings You Never Thought Would Work on Pizza
|from The Izzy files
If there’s one food that we can all agree is delicious, it’s pizza. With its almost limitless possibilities, it’s the ideal choice for lunch, dinner, or just a snack. Originating in Italy, the pizza is now one of the most popular dishes in the world, and can be found on dinner tables in almost every country.
One of the great things about pizza is how flexible they are as a dish; the range goes from the frozen variety costing just a few pennies, all the way up to the ‘haute cuisine’ pizzas you’ll find in the most expensive Italian restaurants. In the United States in particular, the pizza has been adopted as a national dish, so much so that many of the original types of pizza were actually created there. And there a number of pizza topping combinations.
With such a huge amount of choice when it comes to pizza toppings, you won’t be surprised to find that there are plenty of strange and unusual toppings out there – so let’s take a look at five of the most weird and wonderful gourmet pizza topping ideas! Here are some pizza topping ideas.
You might think that this topping is reserved primarily for breakfast, but fried eggs are actually a popular choice in many places in the world. If you do manage to find a fried egg pizza, it’ll usually be accompanied by other breakfast items such as sausage and bacon, but you can find simply fried egg and marinara sauce – so it depends where you look. So how does it taste? Well, better than you might expect! The great thing about a well-cooked fried egg is that when the yolk breaks the flavor can really add to the experience. With the right dough and sauce combo, a fried egg on top of a pizza can be a real treat.
Here’s a big USA favorite: macaroni cheese. But can you imagine it on a pizza? Well, you’d better do because that’s exactly what this weird topping is. Most of us see macaroni cheese as being a completely standalone meal which needs no accompaniment, but in this case you’ll find that some dough and a little tomato sauce can make all the difference. This is very much an American dish, so you’ll only find macaroni cheese pizzas in specialist pizzerias in the states – and they’re well worth tracking down!
Chocolate and Marshmallow
If you’re a fan of sweet things, this is the pizza topping for you. Just like certain brands do with ice cream, why not mix chocolate and marshmallow on a pizza? It has to be said that this topping is really only for the most adventurous, and is very sweet on the taste buds. There’s an interesting interplay between the sweetness of the sauce and the chocolate which produces a unique flavor, to say the least. But if you think it’s your thing, have a go!
Curry is all the rage in the UK (and in India of course), so it’s not too surprising that you can get a curry pizza topping; however tandoori is a particularly spicy one. Again, this one is ideal for the more adventurous pallet, and you’ll do well to have a glass of milk on standby if you decide to take the plunge and have a bite of the tandoori curry pizza!
Didn’t we say these were weird and wonderful? Well, this one really has to take the cake (or pie). Squid ink pizza. Yes, that really does exist. Although it requires a lengthy Tripbase flight to get there,
it tends to be readily available in Far Eastern countries like Japan and isn’t expensive. The taste is actually not as unpleasant as you’d think, it’s quite a salty flavor, so it can work quite well with other seafood. And a squid ink pizza will normally be accompanied by shrimp, squid rings, fish, and other more ‘regular’ seafood.
So if you think you can handle it, and you want to try a pizza topping that is really and truly ‘out there’, then why not take a trip to Japan and try a squid ink pizza for yourself? You never know – it might just be your new favorite!
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