Six Ways to Spice Up Your Pizza Night

Pizza’s origins date back a thousand years to southern Italy. Today, it’s a popular dish many people in America enjoy weekly. Some people enjoy a piping hot cheese pizza fresh from the oven. But pizza offers a canvas for you to make whatever you want with it. The sky is the limit for your pie. Follow this list for six ways to spice up your pizza night.

Vegan Pizza

Pizza night offers a terrific opportunity to try something new. Plant-based diets have become more mainstream, so why not try a vegan pizza? The taste won’t be much different from a regular pie, considering it’s already vegetarian until you add meat. The primary difference with vegan pizza is substituting cheese for vegan products.

If you want to experiment, try this plant-based version of Margherita pizza to transition into vegan dishes easily. This pie contains the classic ingredients of Margherita pizza, such as fresh basil, tomatoes and garlic. Instead of regular mozzarella, this pizza calls for 200g of vegan mozzarella-style cheese. Vegan cheese typically contains soy, nuts and oils. The ingredients may differ, but you’ll still love this Margherita pizza.

Breakfast Pizza

Who could say no to pizza for breakfast? This recipe will take you back to your childhood with a delicious, savory base of crescent rolls with hash browns, sausage, cheddar cheese and eggs on top. You only need about 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes in the oven, so this pizza is a terrific idea for families who want a breakfast-for-dinner night.

The beauty of this pizza recipe is that you and your family can enjoy it for any meal of the day. You can make it for supper one night and save the leftovers for breakfast the next day, so everyone has a hearty meal before work or school. Reheating pizza only requires about 45 seconds in the microwave or five minutes in the air fryer. Some people like to place their pizza in a skillet with a few drops of water to melt the cheese.

International Pizza

Grab your passports and boarding passes for an international pizza night. Except, you can stay in your living room and avoid the chaos of airports. Trying pizzas with an international flair is an excellent way to introduce yourself and your family to other cultures.

For example, try this tasty Greek-inspired pizza that only requires about 12 minutes in a pizza oven. The Greek inspiration includes feta cheese, olives, red onions, bell peppers and seasonings like oregano, basil and thyme. This pizza is meatless and makes a colorful pie with various vegetables. Though, you could easily add chicken for delicious protein.

Another idea for your international night is chicken tikka pizza. This dish will satisfy your Indian food cravings and provide excellent protein with chicken and low-fat Greek yogurt. Plus, the spices from garam masala and the freshness from ginger, garlic and cilantro combine for a delicious pizza.

Hometown Pizza Contest

As Dorothy says in “The Wizard of Oz,” there’s no place like home. Do you come from an area famous for its pizza? If you’ve been to cities like Chicago and New York, the natives swear by their pies and say they’re the best. One way to spice up your pizza night is to put these dishes to the test. Do you like the thin crust from New York or the deep dish from Chicago?

Make one pizza inspired by each city and see which is the best. Also, you could incorporate other pizzas with regional influences. For example, you could make a Philly cheesesteak pizza with ribeye steak, onions and provolone cheese. Barbecue is a popular dish, especially in the South. Try pizzas with inspirations from Memphis, Kansas City and Texas and see which region wins in your family.

Dessert Pizza

It’s hard for kids to say no to pizza. It’s a classic dish that tastes tremendous with nearly any combination of ingredients you assemble. So, when you make this dessert pizza, good luck having leftovers for the next day.

With dessert pizzas, there are numerous options in front of you. If you like the classics, stick with one of America’s favorite desserts: apple pie. This apple pie pizza only needs 25 minutes in the oven and brings the sweet tastes of fall you and your family love. Dessert pizzas are convenient because the process is similar to regular pies. A few modifications make it look like a pizza.

Leftovers Pizza

The fall holidays bring apple pie, turkey and tons of fantastic food. Though, you may have a refrigerator packed with leftovers. If you get bored of the extras, one way to clean the fridge is with a Thanksgiving leftovers pizza. Cover a pizza crust with gravy and layer turkey to moisten the meat. Then fill in the gaps with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing (or dressing) and top with cheese.

Switching Up Pizza Night

Pizza night is a staple in many American households. You may like pizzas on a Saturday movie night or an easy Tuesday night dinner. For any occasion, spice up your pizza night once in a while. These pies offer a canvas to paint with the ingredients you want. Use one of these six ideas to inspire your next pizza night.

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