For purists, classic pizza is a simple affair. It is a dough topped with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, garlic, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. Put it in a hot oven and voila! There you have a great basic lunch or dinner. But of course over the years people have added so many ingredients that our pizzas are now topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, sausages, bacon, onions, black olives, green and yellow peppers, anchovies, capers and more. The pineapple filling is even a thing. Although some would say that so-called Hawaiian pizza is an abomination. However, the bottom line is that pizza dough is a blank canvas. So how about pumpkin pizza?
Who thought of putting pumpkin on a pizza?
Pumpkin pizza doesn’t seem like anyone’s only claim to fame; it’s something that just happened. And there is solid reasoning behind it. While the flavor we primarily associate with pumpkin is pumpkin pie spice, which is sweet and often contains no pumpkin, the vegetable itself tastes more earthy than sweet. Therefore, it’s probably better suited to the savory ingredients of a pizza than the sweet flavors of a pumpkin pie. One suggestion, though, use pumpkin puree on your homemade pizza, not pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin spice pizza does exist, but I guess the big chains avoid selling it for a reason.
Watch the video to learn how to make delicious pumpkin pizza.
What are the most unusual pizza toppings?
If you think pumpkin pizza sounds weird, you ain’t heard nothing yet. Around the world, it’s a free-for-all when it comes to pizza toppings. Very little is out of bounds.
In Japan, people enjoy pickled mackerel pizza and sometimes add squid ink to tomato sauce. In Brazil, you can eat a slice topped with green peas, quail eggs, carrots, beets, or raisins. In India, there are pizzas with pickled ginger, paneer and minced mutton. Although one of the favorite dishes of Indians is tandoori chicken pizza. Meanwhile, in the land below, The Australian Heritage Hotel in Sydney includes the famous crocodile, emu or kangaroo pizza on its menu.
Basically, you can put anything on a pizza. There is no right or wrong. I guess if it tastes good, eat it!