Pizza is one of the world’s most popular foods, and hands down, one of my favorite dishes. Now for Spring, I’ve collected some easy pizza recipes that are fun, and some of them are even healthy.
Pizza is commonly oven-baked flatbread topped with tomato sauce and cheese.
My grandmother made the best traditional pizza, like the “true Neapolitan pizza” promoted and protected by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (the True Neapolitan Pizza Association) headquartered in Naples.
Her pizzas always included fresh ingredients, many of which were from her garden (tomatoes, basil and oregano).
She also made her own buffalo mozzarella cheese, and absolutely insisted on the highest quality extra-virgin olive oil my grandfather could bring home from the store. He was a grocer, and together they were a match made in heaven. A pair of original “foodies.”
My grandmother’s trick to making the perfect pizza crust wasn’t however as easy. She insisted on using as little flour as possible without allowing the dough to stick to the table. I remember her smiling and saying, “Practice, patience.”
I found this Neapolitan-style pizza recipe by the Epicurious Online Cooking School. It’s very similar to the way my grandmother made her pizzas. Godere!
Now that I’ve shared with you a little tradition, here are some unique pizza recipes for Spring that provide a fun and modern twist to our favorite flatbreads.
Source: Food Network
Title: Spring Pizzas
Chef: Alex Guarnaschelli
Category: Easy recipes
Description: Made with scallions, ricotta, lemon zest and basil.
Photograph: Con Poulos
Source: Floating Kitchen
Title: Individual Meyer Lemon, Mushroom and Arugula Pizzas
Chef, Photographer: Liz Harris
Category: Recipes for dinner
Description: Honey pizza dough with gruyere and fontina cheeses.
Source: Taste of Home
Title: Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Chef: Originally published in Quick Cooking
Category: Chicken recipes
Description: Boneless chicken breast with Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing.
Photograph: Taste of Home
Title: Gluten Free Pizza Crust
Chef: Chow contributor
Category: Healthy recipes
Description: Homemade, crispy wheat-free pizza dough.
Photograph: Chow contributor
Source: My Recipes
Title: Cheeseburger Pizza
Chef: Recipe from Cooking Light
Category: Recipes with ground beef
Description: Lean ground sirloin, red onion, mozzarella cheese and dill pickles.
Photograph: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen
Source: Betty Crocker
Title: Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Pizza
Chef- Photohraph: Betty Crocker contributor
Category: Dessert recipes
Description: Cocoa, Spanish peanuts and candy-coated chocolate candies.
Source: Coastal Living
Title: Grilled Pizzettes with Smoked Salmon and Capers
Chef: Ana Kelly
Category: Seafood recipes
Description: Smoked salmon, capers, shredded Havarti cheese and dillweed.
Photograph: Howard L. Puckett