The Toppings Make All the Difference

PIZZA, PIZZA! Divinely different pizza recipes with various toppings so it doesn't taste like the same meal! | THE REAL LIFE

PIZZA! PIZZA!

After a tiring week and a 3.4-mile run on Friday that included my fastest mile ever, I was ready to take a bath, relax, and eat some delicious homemade pizza. (Yes, again.)

We made not one but two divinely delicious (and competitive) pizzas, each improvised with various toppings found in the fridge. Each pie was distinctly different from the other, but both were insanely scrumptious. See which won!

The man and I usually make one pizza and freeze the other half of the dough—like we did with the Caramelized Onion & Fig Pizza and the Mushroom/Arugula/Basil Pizza. But this time around, we decided to make two pizzas so we had plenty of snacking leftovers!

We started with Bobby Flay’s pizza dough recipe and let the starter rise during our run.
And then, to make it extra fun, we each made our own pizza—a little healthy competition, if you will (and both of which we’d share, of course!).

PIZZA | THE REAL LIFE Mushroom, arugula, garlic, basil, spinach, fried egg

THE “HERS” PIZZA

Also known as: The “All The Things!” Pizza

  • jarred tomato sauce
  • fresh minced garlic (over the sauce, under the cheese and toppings so it didn’t burn)
  • then a layer of mushrooms, spinach, and arugula (generous supplies of all)
  • then a layer of mozzarella cheese
  • …then another layer of mushrooms and arugula
  • after baking for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees, we added 2 fried eggs
  • after baking at 500 degrees with a watchful eye for 7-9 minutes, it was ready!
  • add basil leaves before serving (they look weird because they thawed from the freezer)
  • add Cholula because duh.

MORE PHOTOS of this wondrous creation:

PIZZA | THE REAL LIFE Mushroom, arugula, garlic, basil, spinach, fried egg

Before baking (we like to sprinkle corn meal between the dough and baking sheet)

PIZZA | THE REAL LIFE Mushroom, arugula, garlic, basil, spinach, fried egg

Just one of my glorious runny-egg slices!

 


THE COMPETITION:

PIZZA | THE REAL LIFE Zucchini, radish, onion, basil, spinach, goat cheese pizza recipe

THE “HIS” PIZZA

Also known as “The Springtime Veggie Surprise” because of its atypical-yet-delicious toppings:

  • jarred tomato sauce
  • again, fresh minced garlic over the sauce, under the cheese
  • a layer of zucchini, onions, radishes (my idea!), and spinach
  • then a layer of mozzarella cheese and crumbled goat cheese
  • another layer of the same veggies
  • after baking at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, add basil and devour!

MORE PHOTOS:

PIZZA! | THE REAL LIFE: zucchini, radish, spinach, goat cheese

Bright and colorful before baking!

PIZZA | THE REAL LIFE Zucchini, radish, onion, basil, spinach, goat cheese pizza recipe

An artful slice

AND THE WINNER IS…

winning ribbon

… yeah, there’s no way to choose. They were both the best pizzas we’ve had, hands down.

WHAT’RE YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPINGS? ANYTHING BIZARRE?

19 thoughts on “The Toppings Make All the Difference

  1. ThisGirlRuns says:

    I make sure to use cornmeal also when making pizza at home, I also make sure to get my baking stone nice and hot so my crust has a little crunch to it. I have never had an egg on pizza put every time I see it I want to try it! Maybe I will do that on the next batch of homemade pies!!

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