Food And Drink: 50 Nifty Ways To Top Your Pizza

Tired of the same old pizza toppings? Get creative with these fifty unique ways to top your pizza.

Who doesn't love pizza? It's is one of the most popular convenience foods around and, when accompanied with a salad, can make for a pretty satisfying meal.

If you're a pizza lover, you probably already know that it's not difficult to make pizza at home. You can make homemade crust or purchase pre-made crusts, like Boboli or other store brands. Canned tomato or spaghetti sauce can be used, or you can make your own homemade pizza sauce. You just decide how you want to top it and it's ready for the oven.

If you like to make pizza at home, you may not have ventured beyond using that old standby, pepperoni, as a topping. That can get boring after a while! The good news is there are many innovative, creative, and delicious pizza toppings that go way beyond pepperoni.

So here you have it. Here are 50 nifty ways to top your pizza (none of them boring):

1. Bacon Cheeseburger-- Top your crust with browned ground beef, cooked bacon, and shredded cheddar or American cheese.

2. Barbecued Chicken-- Use barbecue sauce instead of tomato sauce and top with strips of chicken breast and cheese.

3. California Cobb Pizza-- Top with cooked, shredded chicken, crumbled blue cheese and bacon bits.

4. Meatball-- Top with homemade mini meatballs and smother in mozzarella or provolone cheese.

5. Chicken Caesar""Use cooked strips of chicken, tomatoes and grated parmesan.

6. Ham and Pineapple-- Chunks of cooked ham and slices of pineapple will give your pizza a Hawaiian flair.

7. Greek""Top crust with black olives, cucumbers and feta cheese.

8. Vegetable Garden-- Load your crust up with tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and shredded carrots.

9. Sloppy Joe-- Cook ground beef and simmer it in a can of Sloppy Joe seasoning mix. Spread over crust and top with cheese.

10. Four Cheese-- Top with shredded mozzarella, Monterey jack, cheddar and parmesan cheeses.

11. Mexican-- Mix a packet of taco seasoning in with a can of tomato sauce. Top with jalapenos, black olives, and cheddar Cheese

12. Antipasto-- Top your crust with chunks of ham, hard salami, black olives, pepperoncini peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cheese.

13. Chicken Cordon Blue-- Use white Alfredo sauce in lieu of tomato sauce. Top with cooked chicken and ham and cheese.

14. Chicken Divan-- Use white Alfredo sauce or spread a can of cream of chicken soup over crust in lieu of tomato sauce. Top with cooked chicken, broccoli, and cheese.

15. BLT-- Top with cooked strips of bacon and tomato slices. Add chopped lettuce to the top after baking.

16. Veggie Burger-- Use chopped up Garden burgers, Boca burgers or other soy burgers and top with cheese.

17. Beans "˜n' Franks Pizza-- Cut cooked hotdogs into bite size chunks and stir into a can of baked beans. Spread mixture over pizza crust and top with shredded cheese.

18. Pepper Paradise-- Top with green, yellow, and roasted red peppers.

19. Cheese Steak-- Cook frozen minute steaks and cut into pieces. Top with sauteed onions and shredded cheese.

20. Sun-dried Tomato-- Spread pesto on crust and top with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese.

21. Chicken Salad-- Use white sauce and top with cooked chicken, water chestnuts and sautéed onions and celery.

22. Guacamole""Top pizza with green chilies, garlic, and cheese. After it is baked, add a huge dollop of guacamole on top.

23. Con Queso-- Spread salsa on crust instead of tomato sauce. Top with shredded Velveeta cheese. The cheese will melt and mix with the salsa to make a creamy con queso topping for your pizza.

24. Olive Garden-- Top your pizza with a variety of gourmet olives like manzanillo and pitted kalamata.

25. Texas Chili-- Top crust with homemade chili (ground beef, tomato sauce, chili powder, peppers, onions and kidney beans). Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top before baking.

26. Buffalo Chicken-- Top with chicken pieces, hot sauce, sautéed celery, and blue cheese

27. Three bean""Top your crust with black beans, kidney beans and white northern beans. Add some corn kernels and garlic and top with cheese.

28. Chicken Pot Pie Pizza-- Use white sauce and top with cooked chicken and mixed vegetables.

29. Low Fat Turkey Burger-- Top with cooked ground turkey and part skim mozzarella.

30. Zucchini""Top with sautéed zucchini, garlic and tomatoes. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top.

31. Spinach""Use Alfredo sauce and top with spinach, red peppers, onions, garlic and cheese.

32. Ricotta""Top with ricotta cheese, cooked spinach and onions.

33. Tuna Melt-- Drain a can of tuna and break chunks into small pieces. Sprinkle over crust and top with tomatoes, onions, and cheese.

34. Turkey and Cheese-- Top with sliced turkey breast and smoked provolone cheese.

35. Taco Pizza-- Use cooked ground beef simmered in taco seasoning. Top with black olives, onions, tomatoes and cheddar cheese.

36. Eggplant Parmesan-- Top with sautéed eggplant and onions, smothered in melted mozzarella or provolone. Use extra tomato sauce on this one.

37. Seafood Pizza--Try topping with crabmeat, shrimp, salmon and smoked oysters.

38. Gourmet Cheese-- Top with smoked Gouda, gorgonzola, and gruyere.

39. Cajun-- Use cooked chicken breast, Cajun spice and kidney beans.

40. Breakfast Pizza-- Top with Canadian bacon, sausage and cheese. You can even put cooked scrambled eggs on it.

41. Hot Roast Beef-- Spread beef gravy on crust instead of tomato sauce. Top with sliced roast beef, onions and cheese.

42. Thanksgiving Pizza-- Use cooked ground turkey, onions and cranberry as your toppings.

43. Cheeseburger-- Top cooked ground beef with onions, tomatoes, pickles and lots of cheese.

44. Artichoke""Top crust with artichokes, garlic and tomatoes.

45. Pine Nut Pizza-- Use pine nuts, gorgonzola cheese and red onion.

46. Hot ham and cheese-- Slice up some deli ham and top with shredded American cheese. It will taste like a stromboli.

47. Hummus Pizza-- Spread hummus on crust in lieu of sauce. Top with onions and cheese.

48. PB & J Pizza-- Spread peanut butter and jelly on crust and bake for a great variation on a lunch time favorite.

49. Ham and Apples--Top crust with ham and sliced apples. Use white sauce or ricotta cheese as your base instead of tomato sauce.

Finally, if you have tried the 49 suggestions above and still can't find one you like, there's always number 50.

50. Pepperoni.

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