I love to make individual crusts and then set up a “Make Your Own Pizza” bar. What an easy way to keep everyone at the table happy! It’s also a great way to use up all the little bits of remaining meat, cheeses and veggies in your fridge.
I am always amazed how some children don’t want to eat their broccoli or other veggies at dinner but when they get to put it on their pizza to help make a silly face it disappears. There’s something to be said about playing with your food.
Pizzas from Different Parts of the World
Although pizza is typically thought of as originating in Italy with famous roots in Chicago and New York, there are many different types of pizzas and toppings from different parts of the world.
While where you come from it may seem that other parts of the world have very unusual tastes in pizzas, they just may think the same about us. A pizza topped with seafood may be everyday fare for someone in another country; however, an all cheese pizza may be considered snobbish to someone from a different country, as well.
Here are a few of the different types of pizza from different parts of the world.
As many of you know, French bread pizza is made with French bread. However, what many individuals do not know is that French pizza is also made with anchovy fillets and Kalamata olives. Flaky puffed pastry and spices such as thyme and parsley with a dose of really good olive oil makes French pizza something really unique.
One form of German pizza is a pizza that eats like a meal in itself. It has peppers, onions, chopped meat, and potatoes. Milk, cheese, butter, and eggs are also ingredients found in this one particular version of German pizza. It serves like a meal, a pizza, and an omelet all rolled into one.
Believe it or not, another version of German pizza is served with tuna on top. Many people like anchovies on their pizza and this version of German pizza uses canned tuna.
Italian pizza comes in many ways and varieties. Not only is Italian pizza diversified in its ingredients, it is also diversified in the way that it is cooked. Italian pizza may have anchovies, sausage, ham, different types of cheese and even past on top. Some Italian pizza has no tomatoes and just olive oil and ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
Other Italian pizzas are cooked in traditional ovens while some are cooked in coal burning ovens made out of brick.
The Japanese pizza uses a variety of ingredients, to say the least. Japanese pizza can consist of mayonnaise, potatoes, bacon, and fish in the family of eel or squid. As stated earlier, some may think that a typical cheese pizza is unusual while others are quite used to eating pizza with different types of fish on top of it.
So Now What?!?!?
Once you have tried a variety of traditional and creative toppings from your region, why not venture out and try one of the above recipes and see if you can duplicate it at home.
You never know, a pizza from a different country may just be your family’s new favorite.
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