Super Bowl Sunday is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to loosen the belts, forget about counting calories, and embrace all forms of gluttony while enjoying the big game. Chips, dips, apps, salads, and any sort of grilled meats are bound to find a place in most people’s Super Bowl buffets.
Still there are those whose main course will be the All-American sustenance of life: pizza.
Plain, cheese, or loaded with toppings seldom is pizza a bad idea. However, whether you’re ordering from your favorite local establishment or making pies at home providing the right type of pizzas for any Super Bowl engagement can be tricky. Sure you can order/make a never ending amount of cheese or pepperoni pizzas which will full your guests’ stomachs. But why not take the uncharted rout and provide everyone with personalized topping options that can be place directly on any slice? Give yourself and your guests a variety of unique flavors that are all custom made to fit and enthuse each palate.
To meet that goal we give you 6 custom made cheese pizza toppings sure to illicit happy responses from Super Bowl party goers. Toppings that will make carnivores, veggies, and the like happy. Additionally the topping of the pizza after the fact allows for a separation of flavors instead of them being muddled together in cheese, meaning one can enjoy multiple levels of sinful goodness that only pizza can provide.
1) Bacon Jam
As you might recall, last year we posted our recipe for homemade bacon jam that was spread on cornbread waffles. In the Glutton Household some of the leftover jam from this recipe found its way onto to slices of cheese pizza and gluttonous happiness was achieved. This is a can’t miss topping that spreads bacony joy to all.
- Bacon Jam (click here for recipe)
2) Sausage, Peppers, Onions, & Fennel
As a man and a glutton the combination of sausage, peppers, and onions is something always to be applauded. Still I will never have the three together without fennel. Why? Because fresh fennel adds a dimension of flavor and spice that makes an already harmonious mixture a “wow.” The male of the species might be skeptical, but tasting is believing and placing this blissful mixture on top of a cheese pizza is nearly a religious experience (well sorta).
- Spicy Sausage
- Onions (roughly chopped)
- Garlic (minced)
- Green/Red peppers (sliced)
- Fennel bulb (sliced)
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive oil
*Amounts of each left to your desire.
- In a large frying pan over medium heat fry up the the onions and garlic with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt.
- Add the sausage and cook until browned.
- Add the peppers and fennel.
- Cook until veggies are soft.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3) Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic w/ Fresh Basil
Simple and satisfying, the basic combination of these three ingredients is nothing new to pies. The roasting of the tomatoes and garlic provides depth and sweetness to the toppings with the basil adding a balancing freshness. A classic and never a bad idea on pizza.
- Roast Garlic (store bought)
- Fresh Basil
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Lather the tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Roast in the oven at 400 degrees until wilted and slightly blackened.
4) Olive Tapenade
Peyton Manning might not think highly of football fans who keep tapenades in their refrigerators, but a smear of olive tapenade on a slice of pie is a simple way to satisfy one’s palate with a layer of salty olive based flavor.
- Olive tapenade (store bought)
5) Breaded Chicken Cutlets & Broccoli Rabe
You might not think it, but a family favorite of ours is topping a slice with broccoli rabe and chicken cutlets. Greens with perfectly fried chicken pieces are a simple yet homey addition to a cheese pizza. It’s a topping that can either be eaten as is or with the addition of extra marinara, red pepper flakes, cheese, and/or etc. The use of rabe might be a little different but don’t underestimate how the bitterness of the broccoli rabe works with a pizza’s essence and the flavor of the cutlets is a perfect match.
- Breaded Chicken Cutlets (cooked & sliced)
- Blanched Broccoli Rabe
6) Pear, Bleu Cheese, & Walnuts
Not interested in going the meat or veggie rout? Have people that prefer a non-sauce pizza? Then focus on the natural pairing of pears, bleu cheese, and walnuts on your “white pie.” Top with a touch of honey and you’ve got a unique slice of deliciousness.
- Pears (sliced)
- Preferred Bleu Cheese (sliced)
- Walnuts (toasted)
- Honey (optional)
All of the above are great toppings for any slice of pie, but at the end of the day don’t be affair of laying everything out on the table and allowing everyone to mix/match their way to a memorable flavor experience. Enjoy!
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