This October, we had a bit of pizza celebration at my neighbor’s home. The children made their very own private pizzas, my pal James ran the Ooni pizza oven, and Kayla made Negroni Sbagliatos (as a result of TikTok informed us to!).
I’ve just lately been cooking via a few recipes in Foodheim, a cookbook written by the hilarious and gifted Eric Wareheim, aka Arnold from Grasp of None. You possibly can’t learn this ebook with out salivating and craving a few freshly-baked pizzas with a easy, briny inexperienced salad on the aspect. Whereas I like cooking recipes I’ve by no means tried earlier than, there’ll at all times be one thing so satisfying a couple of easy pizza—particularly one with a few artistic toppings.
Immediately I’m sharing some distinctive pizza topping concepts that can take your pizza expertise to the subsequent stage.
I hope you’ll give one in every of these pizza topping concepts a strive in your subsequent at-home pizza night time. Now if Santa might please carry me an Ooni pizza oven, I’d be one blissful pizza pie maker!
Just a few further instruments you’ll want:
First, think about your dough.
Whereas the toppings are the thrilling a part of any pizza, the dough is what actually takes a pie from okay to superb. In case you are shopping for store-bought pizza dough, it’s KEY that you simply let it come to room temperature earlier than shaping it. We’re speaking about letting it sit in your countertop for ~4 hours if it’s been within the fridge. Dealer Joe’s has a fantastic premade dough you’ll be able to preserve within the fridge for weeks.
When you have extra time, I feel Eric Wareheim’s fermented dough recipe is value the additional time. It’s barely candy, fluffy, and offers you good huge puffy sections because the pie bakes. Yow will discover instructions to that recipe here, however do your self a favor and simply buy his book. 5/5 stars.
1. Margherita Pizza, With a Twist
For this month’s pizza celebration, I introduced components to make a Margherita pizza, with a little bit of a twist. I used a recent pink sauce, which concerned blitzing San Maranzo tomatoes, garlic, and salt in a blender. I additionally used two cheeses—low-moisture mozzarella AND low-moisture recent mozzarella. If yow will discover mozzarella pearls that aren’t floating in water, you’re golden.
I baked the pie with the 2 cheeses on prime, then sprinkled on recent basil (no exceptions) and a drizzle of the highest-quality olive oil I had available. I used to joke that Ina Garten at all times referred to as out the significance of utilizing high-quality EVOO, however she’s proper. With out it, this pizza doesn’t style nearly as good. Oh, and don’t neglect to sprinkle the pizza with Maldon salt earlier than serving instantly.
2. Lemon and Anchovies With White Sauce and Mozzarella
Foodheim has an analogous recipe however I credit score my pal, Pizza Mama Marlo Munch, for first introducing me to lemon slices on a pizza. (She used recent snap peas on her lemon pizza, however I feel that’s greatest to do when they’re in season.) The bottom line is to make use of an natural lemon (which could have a thinner pith) and slice it very thinly. This pizza is so creamy and zingy! It has a lot umami taste. In the event you don’t love tinned fish, think about placing the anchovies on earlier than it goes within the oven or pizza oven. They’ll break down a bit and add a scrumptious depth of taste to your pie. Here is one Reddit user’s rave review of the recipe.
3. “Pizza Salad”
In Minnesota, we’ve this superb pizza place referred to as Punch and so they have a recipe just like this one. Basically, you bake your pizza dough with a lot of olive oil on prime after which place a scrumptious bib lettuce or arugula salad on prime. I just like the salad wearing a balsamic dressing with prosciutto however this recipe from Bon Appétit would hit the spot too.
4. Cured Meat (Like Soppressata) With Fennel and Scorching Honey
I like the mash-up of flavors right here, with the oily soppressata clashing with thinly-sliced fennel and smoky scorching honey. Use your cheese and sauce of selection and prime with olive oil, parsley, and Maldon salt! An analogous recipe could be discovered here. My favourite scorching honey is by Zab’s.
5. Pickled Peppers!
I feel you might put pickled peppers on ANY pizza and it might style superb. If you have already got traditional components like mushrooms and sausage available, prime that pie with some pickled peppers and it turns into one thing completely totally different! They are very simple to make yourself and take just some minutes to yield a month’s value of flavor-packed toppings ready on the prepared in your fridge.
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