Some of the best advice when discussing pizza is to keep it simple but also to keep it full of flavour. Buying quality ingredients—that you would also want to eat without them being on a pizza—is one of the best investments you can make for an out-of-this-world pizza experience. It’s just like buying wine: you shouldn’t buy a wine to cook with that you wouldn’t like to drink as well. Some specifics are listed below.
Why not start the day with a pizza? No, really. Breakfast pizza is probably a little strange when you hear it at first, but think of the crust as a really big piece of toast. Add some parmesan, bacon, and crack a few raw eggs over the pizza and bake away! You’ll be glad you did. Then garnish with some basil or more cheese (duh) and dig in!
With the idea of buying fresh ingredients in mind, you should always buy what’s in season. The produce in July won’t be the same as what’s in October. To add some flare to your pizza, get a little unconventional with your ingredients. In October, buy pumpkin or gourds for your pizza and roast the pumpkin in a sweet glaze before putting it on the pizza. Combining this with salty pancetta can make a delicious combination. If you try it and it’s not your thing, pick it off –that’s what makes pizza the best.
Dessert pizza is always a nice alternative as well. In place of a traditional sauce, add a chocolate hazelnut spread. From there, you can go crazy. Add blueberries, apples, bananas, or strawberries and finish with some freshly whipped cream to add lightness to the rich dessert pizza.
Getting creative, like with any food, is the best way to determine what works for you and what you might avoid in the future. Try new ingredients, make cool flavour combinations, and remember to have fun. Think of pizza like a canvas: the ingredients are your paints to release you inner creative side.
“I think the best shortcut is to choose really simple recipes. Because I think you can make simple recipes that are as delicious as complicated ones.”