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Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:32 pm UTC
by Cheese
Okay, what pizza toppings are good/bad/okay/crap?

I like the following:
  • Pepperoni
  • Anything spicy
  • Anything meaty
  • Tuna & Sweetcorn
I'll eat the following:
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
And detest these:
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato slices (although I'm fine with the puree on pizza base)
  • Onion slices (although I'll eat small chunks)

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 5:18 pm UTC
by Cassi
I used to really love Italian sausage -- you know, where it's all wonderful and crumbly and spicy?

Unfortunately, being a vegetarian does kinda take that from me.

And being a vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables takes most pizza toppings away from me.

I stick to just cheese. Sometimes extra cheese.

::is so boring:: :(

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 5:26 pm UTC
by Nosefoot
I tend to consider anything beyond pepperoni sacrilege. That is, unless cheese counts as a topping, but I think that's more necessary to the food being defined as a pizza rather than an optional topping.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 5:27 pm UTC
by crazyjimbo
Anything with the word veg- and supreme in it is good. I'm not a vegetarian, but damn, vegetable pizzas are just so good.

Particular favourite combinations are ham and pineapple; pepperoni, chicken and jalapeno peppers; or the local pizza shop's vegetable one which is onion, mushroom, sweetcorn, peppers, olives and about 20 different cheeses. I pick of the olives though and give them to olive-holic friend.

Actually who am I kidding, all pizza is awesome.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:13 pm UTC
by Rodan
pepperoni and onions is the only combination of the gods.

And if fresh garlic is an option, add that.
For both garlic and onions, the fresher the better.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:17 pm UTC
by loratwopointone
I love pineapple on pizza's. But only if just on a plain cheese and tomato one.

Favourite pizza has to be peperoni, green pepper, mushroom and sweetcorn. Can't stand anchovies!

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:13 pm UTC
by Zohar
My favorite is pineapple and onions. I tried banana which was weird but good. I don't mind most toppings except they need to be:
1. Vegetarian (including fish)
2. Not olives or eggplants.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:11 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
Caramelized onions, sausage, garlic and gorgonzola sprinked on top. Apple, sliced tomato and sweet basil. Straight up pepperoni or pineapple. Bacon, grilled chicken, sliced tomato, red onions on a blue cheese-based white sauce. Buffalo chicken. Four cheese with garlic, crushed red pepper and oregano.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:10 am UTC
by The Sleeping Tyrant
Pepperoni, ham, pineapple, mushrooms, bacon and sausage are standard pizza fair for me.

I absolutely cannot handle sliced tomatoes, anchovies, sardines, peppers, onions, or cheese (I'm a bad person, I know.).


Actually, pizza sans cheese isn't as bad as it sounds. It's different though. The tomato base factors in a lot more heavily in the final taste, which is mainly why I can't handle sliced tomatoes on top of that. The only thing that really sucks is it just doesn't have a good texture compared to pizza with cheese.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:56 am UTC
by Nath
I don't think I've ever met a pizza topping I didn't like, except maybe barbecue sauce. Too sweet and sticky.

Non-US branches of American pizza chains sometimes actually have some pretty good combinations. It's been a while, so I can't remember specifics, but they I remember a few with tomato sauce, a bunch of vegetables, one or more types of meat (ground beef/tuna/chicken/prawns), green chillies, and cheese.

I was also once pleasantly surprised by a nacho-inspired pizza: tortilla chips, capsicum, chicken, sour cream and so on.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:50 pm UTC
by Hammer
I like pizza with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, onions and romano cheese on a white garlic sauce. And the pizza place a few doors down will make this for me!

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:04 pm UTC
by PatrickRsGhost
The best pizza topping? The large ass-pepperoni you only find at gin-yoo-wine New Yohrk pizza places.

But since there aren't any around here, I'll take the pepperoni from Domino's. Pizza Hut is usually too greasy. I used to order pepperoni, Italian sausage, and extra cheese. I also like green bell peppers and occasionally onions.

I used to work for Pizza Hut. We always hated it when customers ordered anchovies. Those. Fuckers. REEK! Almost makes one denounce fish, even if you love it.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:22 pm UTC
by Belial
Okay, freaking great pizzas:

-Tomato and Avocado
-Chicken and (Mushroom/Bacon/Peppers/Olives)(barbecue sauce in place of tomato sauce optional)
-Chicken and avocado (regular sauce please)
-Fresh mozzarella and basil
-Anything in which the sauce has been replaced with pesto
-Above, but with alfredo
-White pizza (sauceless pizza topped with ricotta, garlic, onions, and other things)

Toppings I don't like:
Sausage
Any manner of fish
Broccoli
Olives

I miss the pizza places in charlottesville....

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:36 pm UTC
by Aviatrix
When I was younger, I could eat meat on pizza. We had a favorite combination of pepperoni, sausage, green peppers and mushrooms. Another group favorite was pepperoni and black olives. Both of those are fine, but I can't eat either anymore without serious repercussions. I have to keep the cheese portion to a minimum too, so these days I usually go for mushroom, onion and olive, minimal cheese. I like it with the standard tomato sauce, but it's great with pesto and okay with white sauce (ersatz alfredo).

I'm also not fond of fresh tomato on pizza. It's almost always watery and tasteless. Chopped sundried tomatoes, on the other hand, have a kick of concentrated flavor. For pineapple on pizza, I like to let it air dry overnight so it's not so watery. I like the flavor tho, especially with a spicy ham-ish meat.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:23 pm UTC
by Azrael
PatrickRsGhost wrote:But since there aren't any around here, I'll take the pepperoni from Domino's.
Shame! Shame, I say. Support your locally owned pizza making establishments. Ditch the chains.

I'm a tomato sauce kind of guy, no pesto or alfredo. And I'll 15th the idea that fresh tomato slices have no place on pizza. Nor, in my mind do the giant disks of mozzarella.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:15 pm UTC
by PatrickRsGhost
Azrael wrote:
PatrickRsGhost wrote:But since there aren't any around here, I'll take the pepperoni from Domino's.
Shame! Shame, I say. Support your locally owned pizza making establishments. Ditch the chains.

We had a decent local pizza place in a town I lived in two towns over from where I live now, if that made sense. The name of the place was called Covalli's, owned by a local Italian family. Yes, it was the best pizza you've ever had. They closed down that location though and moved elsewhere. In same said town, there is another local pizza place, but their pizza makes burnt cardboard taste good. There is a local place near work that is the r0xx0rz. I go there from time to time. They have New York-style pizza, although not as authentic. They're close enough though. Besides, I grew up on Domino's.

Azrael wrote:I'm a tomato sauce kind of guy, no pesto or alfredo. And I'll 15th the idea that fresh tomato slices have no place on pizza. Nor, in my mind do the giant disks of mozzarella.

Mozzarella alone? No. Mozzarella mixed with Asiago, Parmesan and Provolone? Yes. Alternate the slices in order to get a good flavor. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. I have a recipe for pizza from The Sopranos Family Cookbook - has you make your own sauce and crust.

Here it is:

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Pizza
(From "The Sopranos Family Cookbook")
 
Ingredients:
 
For the Crust:
 
1 pkg. active dry yeast (about 1 tablespoon)
1 1/3 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
3 1/2 to 4 cups all purpose or bread flour
2 tsp. salt
 
For the Sauce:
 
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
4 FRESH basil leaves, torn into small pieces
salt to taste
 
For the Toppings:
 
1 lb. fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1/4 lb. fresh provolone, thinly sliced
1/2 cup grated Kraft Parmesan/Romano/Asiago cheese blend
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Your favorite pizza toppings (pepperoni, etc.)
 
Mix water, yeast, and sugar in small bowl.  Allow to stand for a couple of minutes, until yeast is creamy.  Then stir until yeast is dissolved.
 
In a larger bowl combine flour and salt.  Add yeast micture and stir until a soft dough forms.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if necessary, until dough is smooth and elastic, for about 10-12 minutes.
 
Lightly coat a large bowl with oil (I use Pam) and place dough in bowl.  Turn dough over once to coat entire ball.  Cover with saran wrap and place in unheated oven, for about 1 1/2 hours, or until dough is doubled in size.
 
Oil a large baking sheet, about 15 x 10 x 1 inches.  Flatten dough with fist.  Place dough in center of pan and stretch it out to fit.  Cover with saran wrap and place back in unheated oven and allow to rise for an hour, until puffy and nearly double in bulk.
 
To make the sauce, pour oil in a large saucepan.  Add garlic, tomatoes and salt to taste.  Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened,  about 15-20 minutes.  Add basil and let sauce cool.
 
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
 
With your fingertips, firmly press dough to make dimples at one-inch intervals all over the surface.  Spread sauce over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around the edge.  Bake for 20 minutes.
 
Remove pizza from oven.  Arrange slices of cheese on top.  Sprinkle grated cheese, then add your favorite toppings.  Drizzle with a tablespoon or two of olive oil.  Bake for about five minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is browned.  Cut into squares and serve hot.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:28 pm UTC
by Nexus_1101
I like the following:
Pepperoni
Anything meaty
Tuna & Sweetcorn
Pineapple
3 cheese

I'll eat the following:
Anything spicy
Onion slices

And detest these:
Tomato slices
Mushrooms
Olives

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:34 pm UTC
by Azrael
PatrickRsGhost wrote:
Azrael wrote:I'm a tomato sauce kind of guy, no pesto or alfredo. And I'll 15th the idea that fresh tomato slices have no place on pizza. Nor, in my mind do the giant disks of mozzarella.

Mozzarella alone? No. Mozzarella mixed with Asiago, Parmesan and Provolone? Yes. Alternate the slices in order to get a good flavor. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. I have a recipe for pizza from The Sopranos Family Cookbook - has you make your own sauce and crust.

That sounds fine - multiple, overlapping, melted slices of cheese. I'm referring to ... well, I guess we need a visual:

Image

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:40 pm UTC
by Vanguard
I would love to have a pizza with
-Every meat available (not every meat possible, I don't want lambchops on my pizza)
-extra cheese (the more kinds the better)
-pineapple

That would make me a happy camper.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:42 pm UTC
by Prole
Hmmmm... lamb on pizza.

Im thinking that with some rosemary, this might not be too bad.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:07 pm UTC
by sunkistbabe1
My personal favorite pizzas:

Thai chicken - chicken cooked with spicy thai sauce, mushrooms, red pepers, green onions, mozza

Bbq Chicken - same recipe, but with any bbq sauce you prefer, mozza

Chicken Spinach - chicken, mushrooms, onions, spinach cooked in fry pan, add some sour cream or other 'white sauce' , just enough to make it goopy, add straight to pizza crust without any tomato sauce. Works best with parmesan mixed in, and no mozza on top. (we did that one twice in one week)

Anything with feta, olives and mushrooms on it. :) nummmmm

And our favorite basic is pepperoni and mushrooms

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:34 am UTC
by Aviatrix
:idea: Do you think if we worked real hard on it, we could get a law passed against fresh tomato on pizza?

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:51 am UTC
by Bakemaster
No.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:07 am UTC
by sunkistbabe1
You gotta believe in the power of positive thinking!

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:31 am UTC
by Axman
450 isn't hot enough--700+. If you don't mind breaking the lever, you can set your oven to "clean" and make some good pie.

I've found that this guy, despite looking and writing like a douche, is spot-on: http://www.sliceny.com/jvpizza.php

And I'm with Fry, anchovies are miraculous.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:18 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
I'll agree that 450/500 (whatever your home oven goes to) is not hot enough, but damn, 825? That guy's getting a little crazy about the char.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:10 pm UTC
by PatrickRsGhost
Bakemaster wrote:I'll agree that 450/500 (whatever your home oven goes to) is not hot enough, but damn, 825? That guy's getting a little crazy about the char.


Actually, in most commercial pizza restaurants, mainly the big three (Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Domino's) the ovens are set to 700-something or 800-something degrees. IIRC when I worked at Pizza Hut, the oven was set to 825. The oven is a conventional oven, and is actually a conveyor belt. The pizzas go in one end, roll through the oven, and come out fully cooked out the other end, in which an employee will pull them out, take them out of the pan, slice them up with the big rocker-slicer, and then place them in the boxes. Actual baking time is 5 to 6 minutes at that high a temperature. The 30-40 minutes you might be quoted for delivery time (minimum time usually quoted) allows the cook to make the pizza (usually takes 12 minutes total - 5 minutes to apply toppings, then 5 to 6 minutes to cook, then a couple of minutes for the person who's cutting the pizzas to remove it from the oven, cut it, and place it in a box), and the driver to drive to your location. Sometimes it can take longer depending on how busy the store is (Friday and Saturday nights are hell), how many other deliveries the driver has to make (sometimes they're assigned three or four deliveries in one go), and traffic.

Sometimes the pizzas may sit a while on the counter, waiting for drivers to pick them up. This mainly occurs when there's a large rush of orders, and all available drivers are already making deliveries. Sometimes the manager and/or assistant manager has to pitch in and deliver.

If you decide to pick up the pizza, you will usually be quoted 10 to 15 minutes, or 15 to 20 minutes as when it will be ready for pick up. If it takes you that long to get to the store, it might be well worth it to do it that way.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:20 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
Yes, I am familiar with the business, having worked at a (non-chain) pizza place for two years. But our pizza was a unique family style, somewhat similar to greek, that cooked around 550 for 20-25 minutes. I knew other places had hotter ovens but didn't suspect they'd get *quite* that hot outside of an open flame brick oven pizzeria.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:35 pm UTC
by d33p
Best topping? A second slice of pizza.

We have a regional thing called 'spiedies' which are basically chicken (or pork) cubes marinated for days in a highly modified Italian dressing. Chicken spiedie pizza is a glorious thing.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:55 pm UTC
by pr1mu5
I can't honestly think of anything on a pizza I wouldn't like.

I've travelled around the world, and had pizza of all types, and I think I pretty much liked them all.

Have you tried?
Egg (cracked raw in the middle)
Spinach (whole leaves)
Tuna (actually was pretty good for a kosher pizza)
Corn (crazy Japanese)

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:06 pm UTC
by Belial
Azrael wrote:Nor, in my mind do the giant disks of mozzarella.


Heathen. Those are *great*. Of course, ideally they should be thick enough that, as they melt they cover the entire pizza

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:16 pm UTC
by Azrael
Belial wrote:
Azrael wrote:Nor, in my mind do the giant disks of mozzarella.


Heathen.


*forms a non-theistic tribal culture where instead meat-only pizzas are worshiped*

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:20 pm UTC
by paperbird
spinach, feta, onion, almonds, pineapple, mozzarella <3

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:14 am UTC
by Qoose
pr1mu5 wrote:I can't honestly think of anything on a pizza I wouldn't like.

I've travelled around the world, and had pizza of all types, and I think I pretty much liked them all.

Have you tried?
Egg (cracked raw in the middle)
Spinach (whole leaves)
Tuna (actually was pretty good for a kosher pizza)
Corn (crazy Japanese)


I agree. Being an omnivore can be delicious. Egg and spinach I have tried, tuna I have not eaten in a long time, so I need to, and corn sounds great for a pizza that is dry.

Seafood based pizzas are a mix. I can see shrimp, scallops, or lobster on one. In fact that makes me hungry. Fishy ones might work depending on what else is on them.

Problems with pizza for me is when there is not enough stuff. Sauce is mandatory. I once tried one where someone substituted ketchup, was not happy after eating.

Other than that, everything goes. All meat, all veggies, all cheese, all of the above...

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:32 am UTC
by Cowboy
My favourite is one we call "The Heartburn Special". Onions, green peppers, black olives, pepperoni, sausage, bacon and as many different types of cheese that they have available. I'm sure we could make it more worthy of it's moniker, but trust me, it earned it's name.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:16 am UTC
by Edit0r
A cheese and tomato pizza with added spicy beef, chocolate and marshmallows is absolutely awesome! And if you think it sounds disgusting, you obviously haven't tried it.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:02 am UTC
by Cytoplasm
Azrael wrote:
PatrickRsGhost wrote:
Azrael wrote:I'm a tomato sauce kind of guy, no pesto or alfredo. And I'll 15th the idea that fresh tomato slices have no place on pizza. Nor, in my mind do the giant disks of mozzarella.

Mozzarella alone? No. Mozzarella mixed with Asiago, Parmesan and Provolone? Yes. Alternate the slices in order to get a good flavor. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. I have a recipe for pizza from The Sopranos Family Cookbook - has you make your own sauce and crust.

That sounds fine - multiple, overlapping, melted slices of cheese. I'm referring to ... well, I guess we need a visual:

Image


yum, that pizza looks good. much better than my dad's pizza. he may be good at cooking most things, but the pizza's are so-so, in my opinion. or, maybe they're not what i'm used to.

anyways, my favorite pizza topping is pepperoni, but i love just about anything else. except i have never tried anchovies or anything really exotic.

oh, this reminds me. today I asked one of my friends something about bon jovi sounding like a pizza topping. doesn't it?

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:51 pm UTC
by Cheese
Azrael wrote:
Belial wrote:
Azrael wrote:Nor, in my mind do the giant disks of mozzarella.


Heathen.


*forms a non-theistic tribal culture where instead meat-only pizzas are worshiped*
You're only a few steps away from flying spaghetti monsterism here...

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:51 pm UTC
by parkaboy
we had a pizza party several years ago and people brought some damn interesting things to put on pizzas. i think my absolute favorite though was calamari, goat cheese, roasted tomatoes and red peppers and sauteed onions. i have never had, before or since, such an awesome pizza. i also really enjoy California PIzza Kitchens Thai pizza - chicken, onions, carrots, and spicey peanut sauce. its just way too expensive for what you get so i dont buy them often.

of the regularly offered toppings i prefer chicken and green peppers but i'll eat just about anything. nofishthnx.

Re: Pizza Toppings

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:32 pm UTC
by Prole
Just thought of my favourite ever topping.

Wood fired oven.
Thin base.
Tomato sauce base,
Chorizo,
Roasted red pepper.
Cheese

Absolutely delish.