Get Inspired by These 24 Ideas for Pizza Toppings

The possibilities are endless

Use the following ingredients, alone or in combination, on any pizza, depending on what sauce you’d like as the base. For quantities, err on the conservative side, particularly if you’re using multiple toppings. It’s easy to add more later, but an overtopped pizza will be soggy and flimsy.

  • Cooked sausage, bacon, pancetta, chicken, meatballs, or other meat
  • Sliced salami, prosciutto, speck, mortadella, dried (Spanish) chorizo, guanciale, or other cured meat
  • An egg, cracked directly over the pizza, added about 5 minutes before baking is done
  • Grated hard and semihard cheeses like Parmesan, cheddar, Gouda, provolone, or Gruyèr
  • Sliced semisoft cheeses like fontina, Taleggio, or Brie
  • Scattered pieces of soft goat cheese or ricotta
  • Canned anchovy fillets
  • Minced raw or mashed roasted garlic
  • Fresh herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, or thyme
  • Minced fresh chile (like jalapeño or Thai) or hot red pepper flakes
  • Pitted black olives, especially the oil-cured kind, or green olives
  • Caramelized onions
  • Reconstituted dried tomatoes
  • Sliced tomato or whole cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped red onion, raw or roasted
  • Cooked or marinated artichoke hearts
  • Arugula (washed well and dried); add to finished pizzas and let the heat wilt it, which will take about a minute
  • Sautéed or blanched greens (drained if necessary) like spinach, kale, chard, or radicchio
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Grilled or broiled eggplant
  • Roasted cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, beets, fennel, or other firm vegetables
  • Sautéed or roasted thinly sliced potato or sweet potato
  • Pesto, chimichurri, or salsa verde

— From How to Bake Everything

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