Friday Five: 5 Recipes to Spice Up Your Cheese Pizza on National Cheese Pizza Day
Happy National Cheese Pizza Day! Personally, I'm a big fan of cheese pizza. I've never been one to add a lot of toppings to my pizza because, well, cheese is really all you need! That being said, the traditional cheese pizza can get a little boring, so here are five "spiced up" cheese pizza recipes that might just make you fall back in love with cheese pizza...
If you've ever been to Italy, hopefully you've experienced their absolutely fabulous margherita pizza (if you didn't, then you really missed out!). It is one of my favorites and with this recipe you can make yourself a taste of Italy right at home! The pizza originates from Naples and it has the three colors of Italy in it - red, white, and green. It's a simple recipe that consists of tomatoes, cheese, and basil to top it off.
I love stuffed crust pizza and this recipe has such a simple way of making it that I can't believe I didn't think of it myself! All you need to complete the stuffed crust portion is string cheese! This is so simple because string cheese is 1) mozzarella and 2) already the perfect shape to roll into the dough for the crust. My husband and I make homemade pizza all the time and we are also big fans of string cheese, so I will definitely be trying this recipe at home!
I've never been a fan of spicy food, but I have many friends and family (in fact I think everyone around me loves spicy food except me), who do. This recipe is a fun and easy way to spice up a simple cheese pizza because the spiciness is in the sauce. This recipe features sliced hot soppressata (a type of salami), hot peppers, and crushed red peppers to add that kick to the sauce.
Not a fan of tomato sauce? This pizza recipe is for you! It actually reminds me more of cheesy bread that pizza places sometimes have on their menus. Instead of tomato sauce, you just mix together the garlic, parsley, ricotta, herb cheese, and lemon zest over the dough and then top it off with some delicious provolone slices. Add a little thyme on top and after baking it for a bit, it'll be time to eat!
Here's another cheese pizza that doesn't use the traditional tomato sauce. Instead this delicious sounding pizza uses a combination of onions, garlic, spinach, basil, lemon juice, oregano, and pepper topped with sliced tomatoes. Then, the whole thing is topped with both mozzarella and, my personal favorite pizza topping, crumbled feta cheese. (Seriously, even if the rest of this pizza doesn't sound good to you, try adding feta to any other pizza and you won't regret it!)
This post was written by Robyn Norgan, who is really hungry for pizza after making this list and will definitely be trying out that stuffed crust string cheese recipe soon!