Great Pizza Combinations
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Great Pizza Combinations
There are an endless number of ways to top your pizza, everything from the classic cheese and pepperoni to all meat pizzas and vegetarian pizzas. Pizzas also can be more innovative, using chicken, unusual vegetables, and specialty cheeses. You also will find pizza recipes that combine ingredients derived from other foods, like taco pizzas or salad pizzas.
This menu is not a listing of the typical pizza combinations, as most people are already familiar with those, and it is impossible for me to list every combination imaginable. But I think it is fun to browse through the combination ideas here. You may find some inspiration, leading you to try something new and unique. You may even find a new favorite.
Keep in mind, too, that finding ingredients does not have to be a chore. Leftover chicken, your salad fixings from lunch, or leftover Thai food might be all you need to create a new, exciting pizza combination. All of the topping ingredients, except for the fresh vegetables and herbs, in the following combinations are precooked. You can find recipes for some of the basics here: pizza dough, red sauces, white sauces, and a great listing of toppings.
Top your pizza dough with a red sauce. Add on these four cheeses: gorgonzola, asiago, mozzarella, and pecorino. Top with some fresh basil.
Top your pizza dough with a brush of olive oil or a white sauce. Add mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan. Sprinkle on some fresh basil.
Meat Lovers Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a red sauce. Layer on Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, sliced meatballs, and ham. Top with mozzarella cheese.
Veggy Lovers Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a red or white sauce. Add on mushrooms, green peppers, red onions, marinated artichoke hearts, broccoli, tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella.
Top your pizza dough with a red sauce, prosciutto, arugula, and mozzarella.
Hawaii Meets Italy
Top your pizza dough with a basic tomato sauce, shredded provolone and mozzarella cheeses, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, pineapple slices, and Italian sausage.
Top your pizza dough with some pesto. Layer on some shrimp and some roasted red and yellow peppers. Top with mozzarella cheese.
Fruit and Ham Pizza
Top your pizza dough with some red or white sauce, sliced pear or figs, prosciutto, and some brie or gorgonzola cheeses.
Hearty Beef and Eggplant Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a basic red sauce, sliced meatballs, fried eggplant, caramelized onions, spinach, gorgonzola and feta cheeses, and some fresh basil.
Prosciutto and Aspargus Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a brushing of olive oil. Then layer on some mild Italian cheese, roasted asparagus slices, and thin slices of prosciutto.
Tangy Nutty Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a white sauce and some walnuts and bleu cheese. This is also good with some salty smoked ham slices.
Harvest Vegetables Pizza
Top your pizza dough with some pesto. Layer on roasted eggplant, caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, portobello mushrooms, sweet peppers, and mozzarella cheese.
New York Style White Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a brushing of olive oil. Spread the dough wiht ricotta cheese and sprinkle with minced garlic. Layer shredded mozzarella on top and sprinkle the top with crushed dried oregano. Drizzle with some more olive oil over the top.
Hot Wing Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a spread of hot wing sauce, sliced chicken, and some asiago and bleu cheeses. When it comes out of the oven, top with fresh chopped celery.
Top your pizza dough with a spread made of peanut sauce, coconut milk, rice vinegar, soy sauce, chili oil, freshly grated ginger, honey, sesame oil, lime juice, and toasted sesame seeds. Add satay chicken, chopped scallions, grated carrots, bean sprouts, and some mozzarella cheese. After removing from the oven, sprinkle with fresh chopped basil or cilantro, red pepper flakes, and some chopped peanuts.
Top your pizza dough with a spread of refried or black beans and salsa. Top with taco meat, chicken, or chorizo. Add chopped green chili, chopped red onions, and shredded Mexican cheese. When it comes out of the oven, top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, avocado slices, jalapeno slices, black olive slices, and a drizzle of sour cream or ranch dressing.
Top your pizza dough with enchilada sauce. Then layer on black beans, shredded pork, corn, onion, chopped tomatoes, and cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Specialty Cheese Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a red or white sauce. Sprinkle on any combination of these cheeses: mozzarella, provolone, Swiss, fontina, cheddar, gorgonzola, asiago, Parmesan, Romano, and pecorino. Top with fresh basil or sage.
Cheese Burger Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a spread of red sauce. Layer on ground beef, crumbled smoked bacon, red onion rings, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. When it comes out of the oven, top with shredded iceberg lettuce and chopped tomatoes.
Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a white sauce. Drizzle some barbecue sauce over this. Then layer on some sliced chicken, bacon bits, red onion, mozzarella, and provolone.
Chicken Potato Pizza
Top your pizza dough with a garlic white sauce, smoked chicken slices, roasted rosemary potatoes, and mozzarella. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar over top before baking.
Top your pizza dough with olive oil or a white sauce, spinach, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, fresh oregano, and fresh cracked pepper.
Top your pizza dough with a brush of olive oil. Layer on sliced Roma tomatoes, pepperoncini, olives, capers, garlic, and mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, rosemary, oregano, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Mediterranean Pizza I
Top your pizza dough with pesto sauce and slices of fresh tomatoes. Top with feta and mozzarella cheeses, and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil and oregano.
Mediterranean Pizza II
Top your pizza dough with some olive oil. Layer on some spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh garlic, basil, and oregano. Top with feta and mozzarella cheeses.
Middle Eastern Pizza
Top your pizza dough with some hummus. Layer on sliced tomatoes, sliced olives, chopped onions, pepperoncinis, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and some fresh basil.
Pizza alla Bismark
On your pizza dough, top with tomato sauce or chopped canned tomatoes. Top with sliced and shredded ham, and a raw egg cracked on top. Drizzle with some olive oil and bake. When it emerges, the egg will be cooked sunny side up on the pizza.
Barbecue Chicken Pizza ala California Pizza Kitchen
Top your pizza with barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda, mozzarella, chicken, red onions, and cilantro.
Top your dough with olive oil, chicken, tomatoes, black and green olives, feta, and mozzarella.
Chicken and Green Chile Pie
Top your crust with green chile sauce, green chiles, black olives, red onions, tomatoes, chicken, mozzarella, and cheddar.