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Food Central – The Wonderful Cheesy World of Pizza

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Take a journey into the weird world of pizza toppings.

Pizza is a staple in the hearts of many when it comes to deciding what to eat and the sheer variety of pizza toppings and combinations allows for some fun, tasty pizzas. The way a pizza is cooked, the cheese itself and the toppings you choose can all vary and allow for pretty interesting results. The classic pizza toppings of cheese and pepperoni are great, but the rabbit hole of pizza toppings goes deep-dish 

The toppings deemed as odd for pizza are ones you simply wouldn’t think of putting on a slice of pizza are foods like Crab Rangoon, fried calamari or apples. Crab Rangoon pizza combines two cheesy foods and meshes them together to create a perfect blend of salty, sweet and crunchy. Fried calamari pizza is just as the name suggests, a pizza with fried calamari rings, which adds a nice, salty and tasty flavor to the rich, cheesy pizza. Putting apples on pizza sounds odd on paper but pairing it with caramelized onions and goat cheese culminates unique, delicious pairing with sweet and savory flavors to leave your tastebuds in awe.  

Deep dish or Chicago-style pizza is a popular style of pizza and has found its way into the hearts of many individuals. For those who don’t know what deep-dish pizza is, it’s a pizza with crust that is at least an inch deep that allows for extra sauce and toppings to the enjoyment of those who like these types of pizzas.  

A more traditional pizza that’s also popular is brick oven pizza. Brick oven pizza offers an authentic and alternative way to enjoy pizza, since it is cooked in a brick oven with burning wood as opposed to being heated by electricity or gas. The char on the pizza is just right when it comes to the flavor and the stability when holding the slice is just that much better as well. 

Pizza is often eaten for lunch or dinner, but it can also be made for breakfast or dessert if you’re feeling like making a quick breakfast pizza or a special type of dessert pizza late at night. Breakfast pizza is usually pizza that’s made with breakfast ingredients like eggs, bacon and sausage among other ingredients and is an unconventional but fun way to start off the day. Dessert based pizza is pizza made with a sweet “sauce” base like Nutella, chocolate, or peanut butter with toppings like marshmallows, sprinkles or fruit, which create a sweet and delicious combination of ingredients for an odd pizza. 

The variety of pizzas out there allows for everyone to have options and the opportunity for everyone to be able to enjoy it. The creation of gluten-free and vegan pizza allows everyone to get on the pizza hype and enjoy every slice.  

 

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