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51 Toppings to Supercharge Your Pizza

A Word about Our Toppings!

We’ve searched far and wide to find our best ideas for creative, different and enticing options for the top of your pizza.  This outline is not a list of actual recipes, just topping ideas.  If you’d like to complete the picture and use a full recipe for your crust, we’ve got you covered!  Otherwise, you can use a store-bought, ready baked crust or just a quality naan.  Whatever your choice, it’s hard to go wrong with any option as long as you use enough cheese, heat and crust!  That’s what everyone likes!

Mulberry Goat Cheese 

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
    mulberry goat cheese pizza

    Mulberry Goat Cheese Pizza

  • Gruyere cheese
  • goat cheese
  • toasted pecans
  • mulberries (both baked and topped fresh after baking) mulberries can be substituted with blackberries for variety
  • basil (both baked and topped fresh after baking)

Chicken Alfredo

  • thickened alfredo sauce base (heavy cream, parm, butter, garlic and parsley)
  • grilled chicken breast
  • mushrooms
  • bacon
  • fresh mozzarella

Red Hot

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • fresh mozzarella
  • hot chorizo
  • dry salami
  • roasted red peppers
  • jalapenos
  • chili flakes
Fig pizza

Fig and Prosciutto pizza before baking

Fig and Prosciutto

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • caramelized onions (thinly slice 2-3 whole large onions)
  • Gruyere cheese
  • goat cheese
  • prosciutto
  • figs
  • arugula (topped fresh after baking)

Potato Pancetta

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • caramelized onions (thinly slice 2-3 whole large onions)
  • rosemary
  • fresh mozzarella
  • Asiago cheese
  • pancetta (diced and browned in a skillet)
  • potatoes (cooked whole, sliced thinly, and lightly coated with olive oil, salt and pepper)

Chicken Pesto

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fig and Prosciutto Pizza fresh from the oven

  • pesto base
  • fresh mozzarella
  • goat cheese
  • grilled chicken breast
  • red peppers
  • red onions
  • tomatoes

Smoked Sausage

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • caramelized onions (while cooking, add in 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds)
  • smoked sausage (cooked/scrambled)
  • radicchio or endive (these are bitter greens – for something less bitter you could use kale or spinach)
  • fresh mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola cheese

Garden Variety

  • artichoke pesto base (artichoke hearts, pine nuts, basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, salt & pepper,  blended in a food processor)
  • caramelized onions
  • yellow peppers
  • red and yellow canned beets
  • goat cheese
  • arugula (topped fresh after baking)

Buffalo Chicken Wing

  • blue cheese spread base
  • grilled chicken breast
  • carrots (thinly sliced)
  • celery (thinly sliced)
  • buffalo wing sauce or barbecue sauce drizzle after baking

Greek

  • tomato pizza sauce base
    Greek pizza

    Greek Pizza

  • artichoke hearts
  • spinach
  • roasted red peppers
  • kalamata olives
  • feta cheese

White Pizza

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • caramelized onions
  • pears (canned or fresh – try both and see which one you like better!)
  • pancetta (diced and browned in a skillet)
  • fresh mozzarella
  • brie cheese
  • arugula (topped fresh after baking)

Chorizo and Spinach

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • chorizo
  • Asiago cheese
  • spinach (baked or topped fresh after baking)

Eggplant and Sun-dried Tomatoes

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • eggplant
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • spinach
  • kalamata olives
  • fresh mozzarella
  • goat cheese

Grilled Chicken

  • pesto base
  • grilled chicken
  • spinach
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella

Spinach Ricotta

  • ricotta cheese base
  • garlic
  • spinach
  • pecorino or parmesan cheese

Eggplant Ricotta

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • lightly fried eggplant
  • basil
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • fresh mozzarella
  • ricotta cheese

Prosciutto Arugula

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • prosciutto
  • fresh mozzarella
  • grana padano cheese
  • olive oil drizzle
  • arugula (topped fresh after baking)

Apple Walnut

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • onions and garlic sauteed in butter and a dash of brandy, season with salt and pepper
  • Granny Smith apple thinly sliced and brushed with lemon juice
  • toasted walnuts
  • fontina cheese (or try Gruyere or provolone for variety)

Chicken Pineapple

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • barbecued chicken
  • canned pineapple
  • onion
  • fresh mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola cheese (try Manchego or Emmental for variety)

Spicy Four Cheese

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • fresh mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Emmental cheese
  • crushed dried chilies

Pancetta Leek

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • leeks and pancetta lightly sauteed in butter, stir in one beaten egg and a splash of cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Gruyere cheese

Bacon Cheeseburger

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • ground beef browned with onions, oregano, garlic, ketchup and mustard
  • bacon cooked and crumbled
  • mozzarella
  • cheddar cheese
  • tomatoes (either baked or added fresh after baking)
  • pickles (either baked or added fresh after baking)
  • lettuce (add fresh after baking)

Chicken, Bacon, and Pineapple

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • cooked chicken breast
  • bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • pineapple
  • onions
  • manchego cheese
  • green onions (add fresh after baking)

Autumn Garden

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • butternut squash peeled, diced and roasted with maple syrup
  • red onions and pancetta lightly sauteed in butter
  • thyme
  • ricotta cheese
  • Gruyere cheese
  • beet greens (kale, spinach or swiss chard would also work) (topped fresh after baking)

Roasted Garlic and Spinach

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • 5 heads of garlic roasted
  • spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • fresh mozzarella
  • ricotta cheese
  • (add some crushed hot chilies for a kick!)

Cauliflower Crust

  • try a cauliflower crust for something different and healthy!
  • Cauliflower, basil, oregano, garlic, parmesan, mozzarella, egg and salt (blended in a food processor and patted into a pan)
  • top with:
  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • fresh mozzarella
  • fresh tomato slices
  • basil (either baked or added fresh after baking or both)

Corn and Blackbean

  • barbecue sauce and salsa base
  • black beans
  • tomato
  • corn
  • fresh mozzarella
  • cilantro (topped fresh after baking)

Golden Beet and Feta

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • golden yellow beets (peeled, roasted and sliced thinly)
  • leeks thinly sliced
  • salt
  • feta cheese
  • drizzle of honey

Sweet Potato

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • sweet potato (peeled, cubed and roasted)
  • caramelized onions
  • ricotta cheese
  • thyme
  • feta

Asparagus and Fontina

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • asparagus
  • garlic
  • bacon or pancetta (cooked and crumbled)
  • fontina cheese

Goat Cheese and Balsamic

  • goat cheese base (thin out with milk to make spreadable)
  • caramelized onions
  • basil (topped fresh after baking)
  • balsamic reduction

Brussels Sprout and Pancetta

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • roasted Brussels sprouts
  • pancetta (cooked)
  • dried cranberries
  • toasted pine nuts
  • fresh mozzarella
  • pecorino cheese (Parmesan would work well too)

Smoked Sausage and Peaches

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • smoked sausage (casings removed, crumbled and cooked)
  • red onions thinly sliced
  • peaches (firm and ripe, sliced)
  • Gruyere cheese
  • arugula or endive (topped fresh after baking)

Blueberry Feta

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • feta cheese
  • caramelized onions
  • garlic (lightly sauteed)
  • blueberries
  • fresh mozzarella
  • micro greens (sprouted broccoli or sprouted sunflower)

Salami Mushroom

  • tomato pizza sauce base
  • red onions (thinly sliced)
  • dry salami (Genoa or Soppressata)
  • mushrooms (sliced)
  • fresh mozzarella

Reuben

  • Thousand Island salad dressing base
  • Swiss cheese
  • corned beef
  • sauerkraut
  • caraway seeds (light sprinkle on top)

Thanksgiving (a great way to use up leftovers!)

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • thyme, rosemary and/or sage
  • mashed potatoes
  • stuffing
  • turkey
  • fresh mozzarella
  • sharp cheddar
  • gravy (to dip or drizzle on after baking)

Pear and Goat Cheese

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • onions sauteed in butter with thyme added
  • bosc or bartlett pear sliced thinly
  • goat cheese
  • drizzle of honey

Pulled Pork

  • barbecue sauce base
  • pulled pork
  • tomatoes
  • red onion
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • green onions sprinkled on after baking

Roasted Vegetable

  • pesto base
  • fresh mozzarella
  • roasted vegetables (red and green peppers, onion, zucchini, mushrooms)
  • after baking add:
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • fresh basil
  • goat cheese
  • parmesan cheese

Chili Cheese

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • leftover chili
  • jalapeno Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend
  • garnish with halved cherry tomatoes and green onions

Bacon and Shrimp Alfredo

  • Alfredo sauce base
  • shrimp sauteed in butter with onions and garlic
  • bacon
  • fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • garnish with fresh parsley

Maple Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Apple

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • fresh mozzarella
  • bacon that has been cooked with a drizzle of maple syrup over it
  • thinly sliced apple
  • roasted garlic
  • blue cheese (chunked on top)
  • a drizzle of maple syrup

Tomato Trifecta

  • olive oil base (lightly brush on the dough)
  • sun-dried tomatoes cut into strips
  • canned diced herbed tomatoes (drained well)
  • fresh mozzarella
  • cherry tomatoes halved
  • garnish with fresh basil after baking

Apricot, Brie, and Bacon

  • lightly spread apricot preserves over the base
  • layer on thin slices of brie cheese
  • crumble bacon on top
  • garnish with fresh arugula after baking

Philly Cheesesteak

  • garlic white sauce base
  • saute mushrooms, onions, and red or green peppers
  • cooked ribeye, flank, striploin or prime rib sliced very thinly
  • provolone or mozzarella or both

Green Pizza

  • pesto base
    green pizza

    Green Pizza

  • canned artichokes
  • fresh baby spinach
  • fresh mozzarella
  • Gruyere cheese
  • parmesan cheese

Breakfast Pizza

  • sprinkle dough with cheddar cheese first
  • 3 eggs scrambled with 1/2 cup milk and poured over top of the cheese
  • bacon or ham
  • serve with salsa, sour cream, and green onions

Balsamic Onion, Bacon, and Goat Cheese

  • olive oil base
  • saute 1 sweet onion in butter and balsamic vinegar
  • bacon
  • goat cheese

Kale and Sausage

  • olive oil base
  • kale sauteed with butter, onions, and garlic
  • sausage crumbled and cooked
  • Monterey Jack or Emmental cheese

Garlic Ranch Chicken

  • garlic white sauce base
  • bacon
  • chicken
  • tomatoes
  • Swiss or Monterey Jack cheese
  • garnish with fresh basil after baking

I hope you enjoy our collection of unique pizza toppings.  We have been inspired over the years to try many different combinations of ingredients.  Some we have loved and some…well, let’s just say they didn’t make the cut.  The recipes in this list are our favorites…tried and true toppings.

A word about the crust…

Our unique pizza toppings go well with any number of crusts.  For something very quick and simple, pick up a package of ready-made naan bread or try your hand at making your own in your pizza oven or regular oven.  For a beautiful, simple homemade crust, try our recipe here.  If you’ve never made a pizza crust before, never fear!  We’ve got you covered with our Secrets to Quick Perfect Dough.  For all of our pizza toppings, the first thing you must do is preheat your pizza oven, pizza stone or regular oven.  While your oven is preheating, prepare the base (your crust) and assemble the ingredients for the toppings.  Some toppings will need to be cooked in advance (bacon, for example)…keep this in mind when time is of the essence.  When you’re ready, pop your pizza into your hot oven and bake for about 5-10 minutes depending on your oven.  It’s best to bake pizza at 500 degrees or higher…the hotter the better!

Fresh Ingredients

Fresh is best…you’ve heard it before and will likely hear it the rest of your life!  It’s true…opt for the freshest ingredients.  These will pack in more nutrition and will taste far better than anything else.  You will find that we recommend fresh mozzarella a lot in our toppings.  The difference between freeze-dried, shredded mozzarella and fresh mozzarella is incredibly HUGE!  Not only in taste, but even more obviously in the texture.  Fresh moz is typically sliced like one would slice a tomato and laid in round “patties” on your pizza.  This is not possible with dry, shredded cheese.

Conclusion

Please let us know if you’ve had experience (success or not) with any of our ideas, and feel free to share your own!  We may add them to our portfolio!  Blessings and happy pizza-making to you all!

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