8 Unexpected Ways to Top a Pizza

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Go way beyond the usual mushrooms and pepperoni by trying these inspired pizza toppings.

1. Pizza Vesuvio

The real surprise with this pizza, topped with the works—artichokes, ham, ricotta and salami—is that part of it is folded over to form a calzone while the rest is left open-faced.

2. Bacon and Egg

Pizzas crowned with a sunny-side-up egg have become a new classic. But this one—topped with crisp bacon, crème fraîche, brie and mozzarella—has custardy scrambled eggs added for the last two minutes of baking. Brunch perfection. 

3. Caramelized Onion and Andouille

A mix of deeply flavorful caramelized onion and sun-dried tomatoes act as the sauce for this sausage-topped pizza. 

4. Squid and Aioli

With salty-sweet roasted squid, creamy aioli, diced tomatoes and crushed red pepper, this pizza will instantly transport you to Provence. 

5. Ground Lamb

Make pizza Turkish-style and top it with a fragrant and flavorful ground lamb mixture. 

6. Greens and Eggs

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How do you make a pizza with kale crave-worthy? Spread the dough with ricotta, add some garlicky greens and top with eggs; bake until eggs are set but still runny. (And if you’re a Dr. Seuss fan, add some ham.) 

7. Hummus and Zucchini

The garlicky chickpea dip is spread over pizza dough for an unusual (and incredibly healthy) sauce. 

8. S’mores Pizza

Yep, even pizza gets the s’mores treatment. Sprinkle dough with graham cracker crumbs, broken pieces of chocolate and mini marshmallows, and bake until marshmallows brown. 

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Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and the blog Eat Better, Drink Better. She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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