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- I use olive oil for my pizza, but
it is not essential. To me, the pizza just seems to taste better with olive oil.
- Instead of stewed tomatoes you can use fresh
tomatoes, left over spaghetti sauce, or
commercial tomato sauce. Any of these will work well.
- Don't use any tomatoes and make a white
pizza by just using different types of cheese. In addition to mozzarella and parmesan try
provolone or gorgonzola. For a different
taste, use spinach instead of tomato sauce! (Check out our Spinach and Ricotta Calzone
Uncooked spinach works great, but you may blanche if desired. Wash, drain and squeeze
excess water before using. Canned spinach will work OK. Make sure the spinach is drained
- I like my onions and peppers cooked before I put them on the pizza. I use a sauté
pan and lightly sauté the onion in some oil.
- I roast the peppers in an oven to take the skin off. I put the peppers on a cookie sheet
and broil until the outside skin starts to turn black. I then scrape off the blackened
skin and discard. I slice the peppers and place on the pizza. Store your roasted
peppers in olive oil with a few cloves of garlic. Use in sandwiches, omelets or as a
There are many types
of mushrooms which taste wonderful on pizza. Commercial
white mushrooms are good, but for an incredible taste, try some different
There is nothing
quite like the taste of fresh picked, "wild" mushrooms! For many years,
father took us "mushrooming" in the New England woods. He was always looking for
the "big score". He had several "secret" spots and
I'm surprised he didn't blindfold us before we got there! My dad fondly retold the tale of
when he found so many mushrooms:
"the trunk of the Packard
it took us two days to clean all the mushrooms."
said he learned which types to pick from his father, who was born in Italy. My dad would
only pick certain kinds of mushrooms.
(Please note: To gather wild mushrooms, you really need to know what
you are doing, certain types are deadly!)
Big Al Grande, The Mushroom King
A BIG score!
When we returned home, my dad
would go over each mushroom again, to make sure they were safe to eat. My
mom cleaned them, with a little of dad's help. These mushrooms give the pizza a different
taste which I would describe as "earthy". Generally, the mushrooms would be
sautéed with sausage and peppers. The taste is slightly stronger than the "store
bought domestic" variety. Commercial mushrooms taste bland in comparison to the
- My favorite type of mushrooms for pizza are oyster
mushrooms. You can usually find them in the produce section of your
grocery store. Try some oyster mushrooms and you will be in for a
fantastic taste treat. Sauté them in a little olive oil with garlic and put them on your pizza. Oh,
For a wonderful treat try
our Spinach and
Mushroom Pizza recipe!
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