Some images from my backyard….
No, it’s not ice cream. It’s Pizza – Pizza. Pizza. Pizza. There is a universal taste appreciation for that crisp, flat dough topped with veggies, meats, cheeses and baked till golden brown and bubbly. My mouth waters just thinking about it, and I “scream” for it.
Pizza is one of my favorite things to make. It is seriously an art because one can be so creative with its toppings, and when you need to “use up” things from the produce drawer or the back of the fridge? Throw it on a pizza.
When it comes to pizza, my preferences are thin and crispy, and unconventional (no thank you to plain pepperoni and sausage).
Pizza has been around for a long, long time. According to Wikipedia (the most accurate and truthful site ever) pizza had appeared in Medieval Latin by 997 AD, and in 16th century Naples, a galette flatbread was referred to as a pizza.
And here’s a little fun fact about the oh-so-classic Pizza Margherita:
In June 1889, to honor the Queen consort of Italy Margherita of Savoy, the Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita,” a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, to represent the colors of the Italian flag. He was the first to add cheese. Throughout the years to come, pizza had undergone many changes and even today across the world, pizza exists in many different forms (Chicago style, New York style, etc).
Like I said earlier, I personally prefer thin crust. I roll my dough out nice and thin with a rolling pin creating a very crispy crust. In the past I have put such things on pizza (not necessarily together though) as leeks, potatoes, shrimp, walnuts, mangos, eggs, mixed greens, and the list goes on and on. I must say, one of my favorites was a roasted red pepper, basil and mango pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese. Try it. You won’t be disappointed. Oh and for one of my favorite pizza dough recipes that’s been used time and time again (it’s simple, classic, basic) go HERE. Add some fresh herbs to the dough for an added treat!!
So, I’m curious, what’s your favorite kind of pizza and pizza topping?