5 surprisingly awesome pizza toppings

Ordering a standard pepperoni and cheese pizza on Friday night gets old pretty fast, even if it's your favourite. Here are just 5 surprisingly awesome pizza toppings that taste great and will expand your pizza horizons.

5 surprisingly awesome pizza toppings

1. Pears

Most people don't think of fruit when it comes to pizza toppings, so it may come as a surprise that pears are a delicious complement for pizzas topped with white sauce or a tangy barbecue sauce. Add some sharp cheese and your pears will offer a welcome sweet bite. Make sure the pears are thinly sliced for the best results.

2. Blue cheese

Speaking of sharp cheese, blue cheese is a tasty partner for pears or other sweet pizza toppings. Crumble the cheese on your pizza before baking for a melted result, or add it right before the pizza comes out of the oven if you want the cheese warm but relatively unmelted. Either way, it's delicious!

3. Bacon

Sick of sausage and other standard meats on your pizza? Bacon can introduce a new savoury taste to your favourite pizza recipe. Just fry your bacon, break it into smaller bits and sprinkle it over any red sauce pizza. Of course, while bacon can replace other meat, it can also be added to a standard pepperoni pie to create a meat lover's dream.

4. Pineapple

Pineapples are another sweet addition to pizza, especially when paired with savoury ingredients such as salty meat. For a vegetarian pizza, try pineapple with goat cheese and feta cheese. Pineapple rings or chunks will both work for this recipe.

5. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are more than just a dinner side dish – they can also top your pizza with surprisingly yummy results. Try using creamy bechamel sauce instead of marinara when you include sweet potatoes on your pizza, and add some basil and caramelized onions to top off the dish.

With a world of flavours to choose from, there is no reason to avoid being creative when it comes to pizza. The key to creating your new favourite pizza pie is experimentation, so open your fridge and see where it takes you!

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