What Are the Most Popular Pizza Topping Combinations?
Itâ€™s no secret that pizza is a favourite food among many in North American society. Whether you live in a big city or a small town, it is sure to have its share of pizza places, and most do a brisk business. When it comes to pizza toppings, there are an infinite number of choices from the very basic to pricier items youâ€™d find on a gourmet pizza. Everyone has their favourite combination and opinions are sure to vary, but here are some of the most popular topping combos that keep pizza lovers happy.
Basic Cheese One of the most popular types of pizza is just the standard tomato sauce base and a basic cheese topping. Of course, you can still get creative with cheese, and even make it into more of a gourmet pizza with your choices. Mozzarella is the usual choice, but you can also add cheeses like goats cheese, provolone, havarti, parmesan, cheddar or gorgonzola.
Pepperoni and Cheese Perhaps the most famous pizza topping combo is pepperoni and cheese. Different pizza places may use slightly different variations of pepperoni, and some will place it under the cheese while others lay it on top, but however itâ€™s created it is always a favourite. You wonâ€™t find the classic pepperoni and cheese listed in many gourmet pizza categories, but you might find smoked pepperoni or imported pepperoni and double cheese or more than one type of cheese.
Meat Lovers The meat lovers pizza is often a specialty item or promotion for a lot of pizza parlours, but it is certainly a favourite. Along with tomato sauce and mozzarella, and meat lovers pizza may include: • Pepperoni • Salami • Bacon • Ham • Ground beef • Sausage
Vegetarian For those who aren’t into the meat, a vegetarian pizza is a great solution. A typical veggie pizza may include: • Onions • Mushrooms • Green or red pepper • Cherry or sun-dried tomatoes • Zucchini • Green or black olives • Basil leaves
Hawaiian A Hawaiian pizza offers a different taste from the typical pizza flavour. Hawaiian pizzas feature some sort of ham and small cubes of pineapple, along with the tomato sauce and mozzarella. The Hawaiian pizza tastes basically the same as the typical pizza, but you also get the bursts of sweetness every time you bite into a piece of pineapple.
BBQ Chicken Some traditionalists may cringe at the thought of chicken on a pizza, but it does offer a unique alternative to the same old thing. For a bbq chicken pizza, you can use barbecue sauce in place of the tomato sauce, or a white sauce or roasted garlic sauce. You would also use precooked chicken that has been shredded, sliced thin or cut into small pieces. For the cheese, mozzarella or provolone work, and you can add vegetables if you like.
Everything On It Not many people seem to go for the “everything on it” pizza, but those that do might expect: • Pepperoni and cheese • Bacon, ham, sausage, salami • Mushrooms and onions • Red and green pepper • Zucchini, eggplant and olives • Roasted garlic • Hot peppers • Anchovies
Around the World Some of the favourite pizza toppings from around the world bear no resemblance to what we love in North America. Here are some examples: • India - minced mutton, pickled ginger and paneer • Brazil - green peas • Russia - mockba (combo of sardines, mackerel, tuna, salmon and onion) • Pakistan - curry • Japan - eel, squid and mayo jaga • France - flambee (onion, bacon and fresh cream) • Australia - pineapple, shrimp and barbecue sauce
References Pepiâ€™s Pizza has 50 years experience in serving gourmet pizza. They serve Waterloo pizza, subs, wings and more. One of their locations is 390 Courtland Ave E Kitchener, ON N2G 2W2 (519) 578-0820. Visit their website for more information.