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Written by foodie pam   
Monday, 23 October 2006

ImageAs you've heard me say before, I love pizza.  I've had pizza at lots of different places throughout the United States.  I've also had pizza in other countries including the UK, Thailand, Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand.  Many were good and some were not so good.  The pizza in Fiji wasn't great but the meal itself was because we shared the pizza in a hostel with about 10 other backpackers from all over the world showing that food isn't always the centerpiece of a meal.  At any rate, a recent meal got me thinking about weird pizza toppings.  I've had two pizzas that I would classify into the weird pizza toppings category.  One was from New Zealand and the other I made just last week.

These days people put all kinds of things on pizza that my parents generation would never have put on pizza.  When I grew up, we strictly ate pepperoni and cheese, although my father would occasionally get onions or mushrooms.  But, as a child I never had anything "exotic" on my pizza.  My standard pizza toppings, these days, at local restaurants include spinach, ricotta cheese, apricots, almonds, and sometimes pineapple.  So toppings are evolving. 

What is now considered unusual or weird?  I guess it all depends on what you've previously had.  But to me pickles, grapes and port are pretty weird things to put on a pizza.  The pickles were part of a pizza I had in Picton, New Zealand. Picton is the gateway to The Queen Charlotte Track a wonderful 4-day hike, or track as they say in New Zealand, around the Queen Charlotte Sound at the top of the New Zealand South Island.  The restaurant, The Barn Cafe & Restaurant, is one of only a couple of places to eat in Picton and we ate at it both before and after doing the Queen Charlotte Track.  The pizza had a bit of everything on it including veggies, meat, pineapples and gherkin pickles!  I consider the gherkins such a weird topping that I still remember the pizza 6 years later. 

Earlier this week we made a pizza that sounded weird yet tasted great.  I consider it unusual but not as weird as gherkins.  The pizza is called Gorgonzola and Grape Pizza.  It has red grapes covered in a Vin Santo wine reduction served over a mixture of Fontina and Gorgonzola cheese.  I didn’t have Vin Santo so I substituted Port.  The wine, grapes, and Gorgonzola definitely are what lured me into the recipe but putting them on a pizza seems, at least to me, a bit unusual.  Husband was particularly leery. He generally will try anything but he wasn't sure we should make this pizza.  I, however, love blue cheese and wanted to try it.  I'm glad we did - we enjoyed it and I can add it both to the list of weird pizza's pizzas we've tried and the list of pizza's pizzas we'll have again.

I'm sure many of you have had even more unusual toppings on your pizzas so go ahead, add a comment to this blog and share with the rest of us what they are.  Perhaps I'll even be lured into trying some of your suggestions on my next pizza!

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anyother kind of pizza
samantha (Unregistered) 2007-05-15 16:03:45



is this pizza good
plurals people, not possessive
grammergriper (Unregistered) 2007-06-22 13:04:40

the plural of pizza is pizzas NOT pizza's (which means 'belonging to the pizza'). But the pie itself sounds good!
also
grammergriper (Unregistered) 2007-06-22 13:05:33

I know grammar is spelled that way; grammer is my nickname from my grandkids!
re: plurals people, not posses
pam (Publisher) 2007-06-22 13:22:21

You caught me! - I've corrected it -leaving the wrong one as visible learning tool!....

grammergriper wrote:
the plural of pizza is pizzas NOT pizza's (which means 'belonging to the pizza'). But the pie itself sounds good!

ewwwwwww
riggerz (Unregistered) 2007-08-15 21:50:17

wat kind of pizza are you trying to kill us with
Anonymous (Unregistered) 2007-09-14 15:15:37

You all need to focus on things more important than this. Get a life. I'd like to offer you something to think about. If everyone in the world committed to help homeless people, or someone hungry and spent the amount of time you all spent correcting grammar, we would rid the world of plague and pestilence. How did you like that run on sentence?????
Hermit (Unregistered) 2007-09-19 10:55:08

So I see Anynomous is shirking his/her duties at the homeless shelter by visiting online pizza sites. In the time you typed your message, you could have made a online donation to most any charity..Talk about get a life.........
ok
Yea.. (Unregistered) 2007-10-17 12:56:53

right... yea dosn't sound too good.
Not weird, but uncommon
DrewKime (Registered) 2008-01-16 10:36:53

White pizza -- the sauce was olive oil, butter, cream and paramesan (almost an alfredo) -- with scallops, shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes.

Crap, now I'm hungry again, and I already had lunch.
pam (Publisher) 2008-01-16 10:43:58

DrewKime - The White Pizza sounds great I'll have to try that out...
yeah!
brett (Unregistered) 2008-01-18 10:10:23

I saw a cooking show on PBS many years ago where the chef, made a pizza similar to this. I'm not sure what kind of wine he used, as I was only about 14 when I saw the episode, but it seemed like it would be good to me even back then. At the time I had only had wine a few times, as I was 7 years under age. I had a steak in redwine reduction sauce previously to seeing it, and it stuck in my head for years as something that would be delicious. I plan to finally try it out very soon! THX!
Oh yeah, grammergripers on blogs are always annoying. They don't understand that this is a blog and you're basically just typing along quickly, and not writing a damn essay. If you really wanna see some bad grammar check out some txtspk action, where poor grammar and "abbrevs" have been turned into a whole new language practically. People who knitpick grammar on blogs just want to make a comment in order to seem better than thou. They fall back on crap they learned in "Grammar" school because they don't have anything interesting, or creative to say.
Pizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzza
ajksdgfhalskjfg (Unregistered) 2008-01-31 11:50:37

Hi my name is bob and i love this pizza very yummy.
re: Pizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
madmd (Unregistered) 2008-02-19 13:40:36

ajksdgfhalskjfg wrote:
Hi my name is bob and i love this pizza very yummy.

who would waste thier time on a joke message
re:
madmd (Unregistered) 2008-02-19 13:41:36

pam wrote:
DrewKime - The White Pizza sounds great I'll have to try that out...
tru dat
re: re:
madmd (Unregistered) 2008-02-19 13:42:08

brett wrote:
I saw a cooking show on PBS many years ago where the chef, made a pizza similar to this. I'm not sure what kind of wine he used, as I was only about 14 when I saw the episode, but it seemed like it would be good to me even back then. At the time I had only had wine a few times, as I was 7 years under age. I had a steak in redwine reduction sauce previously to seeing it, and it stuck in my head for years as something that would be delicious. I plan to finally try it out very soon! THX!
Oh yeah, grammergripers on blogs are always annoying. They don't understand that this is a blog and you're basically just typing along quickly, and not writing a damn essay. If you really wanna see some bad grammar check out some txtspk action, where poor grammar and "abbrevs" have been turned into a whole new language practically. People who knitpick grammar on blogs just want to make a comment in order to seem better than thou. They fall back on crap they learned in "Grammar" school because they don't have anything interesting, or creative to say.
tru dat
Milo (Unregistered) 2008-02-25 16:20:22

eyyo keep it low kidz yall talking smack but what ya really need is a lil crank u no wat im saying
yee dis syte is waaaack
milo (Unregistered) 2008-02-25 16:22:51

eyy yo whyd u delete ma msg?!
milo (Unregistered) 2008-02-25 16:41:54

shiiiit mann
re: anyother kind of pizza
Anonymous (Unregistered) 2008-03-10 14:04:45

samantha wrote:


is this pizza good

Grammar-gripers
Dani (Unregistered) 2008-03-19 15:13:57

Listen, everyone loves something. As long as it doesn't harm others, it shouldn't be denigrated, right? In addition to loving pizza, some of us LOVE grammar, words, and language, just as others love food, or math, or art, or sports, or whatever. If someone misquoted a sports date to you, and that was your thing, you would 'need' to correct them, right? For love of the subject. For grammar-lovers, it actually pains us to see an error--we long to see the words in the agreed-upon order. Much as we hate traffic lights, we kinda need them, though, don't we? Otherwise the world would be chaos. So, please, see us for what we are, appreciate our help, and understand that we can't help it. It is our nature, and it serves a purpose. We wouldn't try to keep you from the thing you love.
re: Grammar-gripers
almoagnadna (Registered) 2008-04-22 20:13:09

Dani wrote:
In addition to loving pizza, some of us LOVE grammar, words, and language, just as others love food, or math, or art, or sports, or whatever. If someone misquoted a sports date to you, and that was your thing, you would 'need' to correct them, right? For love of the subject.


I, too, am a lover of English. I was - and am routinely - pained to see mistakes in writing that I know so well. The book, Eats, Shoots, and Leaves really ruined me on the misuse of apostrophes. Nevertheless, I try to refrain from correcting anyone and everyone because I know how it bugs my boyfriend - how much more a stranger . I will, though, commend the blogger for your gracious acceptance of correction. Kudos to your open spirit.

So, that aside, this pizza sounds FANTASTIC. The sweetness of the grapes along with the tartness of the cheese, and the richness of the wine whet my pallet upon reading this. Mmm, mmm, good. Oh, and I just finished my piece of crap pizza from (embarrassingly) Domino's pizza, and I'm yearning even more for some quality food!!
blue toppings
anonymus (Unregistered) 2010-04-13 18:24:11


help i need an idea for a blue pizza topping
pam (Publisher) 2010-04-13 19:51:58

blue... hmmm. I guess blue cheese doesn't count huh? ;)

Blueberries would probably be too sweet and technically more of a purple.

Another purple candidate would be purple potatoes....
pizza
Elle (Unregistered) 2010-06-05 05:44:40

I work in a pizza shop in Warrnambool, Australia and we have 32 different kinds of pizza! The Grant Special is by far the most popular; garlic butter, tomato sauce, cheese, hot salami, onion, bacon, spring onion, large prawns and cheese on top. I don't really like it, but everyone else seems to! Another unsual one we do is the 'Lady and the Tramp'; tomato, cheese, spaghetti, bolognase sauce, pepperoni and cheese on top. I named that one! Another one of my favs is fresh figs, proscuito, blue cheese and roquette - divine!
;)
gerradm (Unregistered) 2010-08-12 11:33:06

Wow! This blog helps you with pizza recipes and grammer.
gerradm (Unregistered) 2010-08-12 11:42:45

Pizza recipes can be a bit over the top these days. I get the whole idea of expanding your creativity and coming up with weird foods to put on a pizza but it has to at least sound good in an unusual way. That's what makes an original recipe that other people will try to recreate or want to eat. Does Rattlesnake, endive, and Radicchio sound good? No it doesn't but when you create a recipe like Chicken, Apricot, Honey, Black salt, and Arugula. That's just as original but it sounds better, doesn't it? That's my food theory even though i don't believe in creating boundaries in the kitchen. I am a professional Chef of 17 years now and this is one of many rules i follow.
pam (Publisher) 2010-08-12 13:10:07

ah yes we are a full service site - grammer and recipes!

Grilled Radicchio sounds great on pizza but I agree let's skip the Rattlesnake. Apricots are also a favorite of mine for pizza, although for whatever reason I'm not a big fan of chicken on pizza...
gerradm (Unregistered) 2010-08-12 19:58:21

I'm also messing around with a Foie Gras and Macerated Cherry Pizza. I'm calling it The Controversial Pie.
the pizza tastes great
nancy drew (Unregistered) 2010-10-05 17:53:31

YO! hi everyone i have an assignment on "the pizza tastes great" so i need some ideas i have to use showing words not telling words.telling words are like the pizza was "awesome" or "good."showing words are like the scent made my stomach jump for joy!please give me some ideas everyone.oh pizza is awesome by the way.
answer to "pizza tastes great
skyliner101 (Unregistered) 2010-10-09 10:11:25

alright nancy drew. just say "the warm scent made my mouth water and tears filled my eyes.you should add a story like you ran away from home and visted ur friends house.he/she gave u an awesome pizza.just saying,take the idea or leave it.quesyion for pam is that the weirdest pizza u ever ate or what?
requote to" pizza tastes grea
nancy drew (Unregistered) 2010-10-09 10:18:50

thanks skyliner101.i need more ideas please help me.thanks i check this website everyday, but no one answered until now.thanks again skyliner101.i will be sure to use your ideas.you saved me.yay!i still need more ideas though.please help me people!anyways, i have the same question as skyliner101 for PAM.was that the weirdest pizza for you or what?i need ideas maybe this PAM person can help. READ MY QUOTE PLEASE HELP
requote to "the pizza tastes
nancy drew (Unregistered) 2010-10-09 10:21:09

thanks skyliner101.i need more ideas please help me.thanks i check this website everyday, but no one answered until now.thanks again skyliner101.i will be sure to use your ideas.you saved me.yay!i still need more ideas though.please help me people!anyways, i have the same question as skyliner101 for PAM.was that the weirdest pizza for you or what?i need ideas maybe this PAM person can help. READ MY QUOTE PLEASE HELP
pizza tastes great
skyliner101 (Unregistered) 2010-10-09 10:24:21

glad to be of service.thx for using the ideas.dont have more though sorry. laterz.
shakegirl101 (Unregistered) 2010-10-09 10:44:06

whats call of duty?
pam (Publisher) 2010-10-10 22:34:37

I'd say the weirdest I've ever eaten was the one with the pickles on it. But the rattlesnake one above sounds the weirdest.

As for showing words to describe pizza it would the the combination of crisp crust, melted oozing cheese and earthy mushrooms mixed with spicy pepperoni makes me drool...
Richard Hudson (Unregistered) 2012-01-15 21:07:24

One of the places here has Peanut Butter Pizza with Peanut Butter in the dough and peanut toppings. It's peanut buttery alright. They also have a weird set of other things like hamburger pizza which is thousand island sauce and hamburger, onions, and yes even pickles. It's good too. SOme izza Hut's have Taco Pizza which is good too. Refried beans or chicken/beef as a sauce and lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato, anything you'd put on a taco also very good I loved it with stuffed crust but the only one that I ever knew made it closed down.
Goof?
Carla (Unregistered) 2013-11-15 18:59:17

When I was in NZ in the 80's, pizza there was well, way different than in Canada
1 remember going into a takeways and they had options such as corn, canned spaghetti, fried eggs, dcanned beans! lol!
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