Although pizza is nominally an Italian food, the Italian immigration to the United States in the 19th and 20th century is what made pizza a global food. Now this food is ubiquitous across nearly all cultures on the planet, many of which have their spin on the traditional dough-sauce-cheese model. If you’re in a good mood for pizza but want something exotic, keep on reading!
A few notes on the recipes: it is best cooked on a hot surface, like in a brick oven. A pizza stone imitates the high temperature of one of these ovens and can be purchased for as little as $15. It is very simple to make your dough, using only flour, yeast, salt, water and olive oil. Many recipes use different amounts of these ingredients, so it’s best to find a combination that works for you. Failing that, many pizzerias sell loose dough for a fraction of the cost of a full pizza! Tomato sauce is very easy to make as well: only fry one diced onion and two cloves of minced garlic in olive oil for five minutes, add a can of crushed Roma (Italian) tomatoes, and season the sauce with basil, salt and a pinch of sugar. Let the sauce reduce for ten minutes at medium-low heat.
Butter Chicken Pizza
Combining the delicious flavors of Italy and India, Butter Chicken pizza is the perfect recipe for the adventurous chef. Although this uses the same tomato sauce and mozzarella as a traditional pizza, butter chicken placed atop the cheese. There are many ways to make butter chicken, but a simple recipe calls for chicken marinated in two tablespoons of tandoori masala, half a cup of yogurt, and a teaspoon each of ginger paste and garlic paste. Coriander, cumin and chili powder can add as desired. Add the chicken, sauce, and shredded mozzarella on top of the dough, and bake it for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
All of the exquisite tastes of the Mediterranean coast come together in this pizza: olives, roasted red peppers, toasted almonds, and figs. These pizzas can be enjoyed on the regular crust and sauce arrangements, or on toasted, sauceless pitas. The pitas form a perfect base for you to experiment with all of the innovative tastes available to you from this region. Dice the olives, figs, and peppers, and put them on top of the dough, sauce and shredded mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes at 425, take this out to put the toasted almonds on and then put it back in the oven for 5 minutes.
Spanish Breakfast Pizza
It is a simple idea, with incredible culinary implications. Only fry some breakfast sausage with green onions, diced yellow onions and half a cup of chopped spinach or kale. Then, put your pizza together with dough and spicy tomato sauce (add a bit of chili powder!) and crack a few eggs on top. After you bake it in the oven at 425 for 15 minutes, your yolks will be perfectly firm, and the rest of the pizza will be equally delicious.
Pizza is one of the most versatile foods out there, and there is certainly no reason to stick with the same old pepperoni pie. Try these recipes out and check the web for a million and one more exotic ideas!