When it comes to pizza, everyone has strong opinions about how they like their pie, whether they prefer deep dish, thin crust, Chicago-style, or gluten-free. However, most people agree that a pizza is composed of some basic parts: a single layer of crust (usually wheat-based), sauce (usually tomato-based, cheese, and toppings.
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Yet enterprising cooks out there are putting a spin on the classic by turning pizza on its head. Sink your teeth into these pizza hacks before it’s too late!
1. Pizza Fries
You heard right: pizza toppings on a crust of French fries. This is a great way to reuse old fries at home. You can also make your own super-crispy fries if you need more material for your crust.
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2. Pizza Fries 2.0 (Now with No Potatoes)
Imagine a flaky crust stuffed with pizza fillings, topped with cheese, and cut into convenient French fry-shapes so you can dip these “fries” into marinara sauce. Yum, right?
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3. Pizza in a Cone
The only thing better than pizza is ice cream. Now you can have the best of both worlds by eating your pizza in a cone!
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Some restaurants actually serve this tasty concoction. You can also make these at home with a handy kit.
4. Doughless Pizza
When you don’t have any pizza dough, potatoes will do just fine, as long as you have a vegetable shredder. Luxirare has 4 delicious recipes you can try out, from plain ol’ cheese and pepperoni to shrimp scampi.
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5. Paleo Pizza
If you’re into the paleo eating regimen, you can also make a grain-free pizza with pesto sauce that uses shredded sweet potato for the crust.
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There’s also a tasty cauliflower crust that’s just as healthy (and the cauliflower makes it look pretty close to traditional wheat dough):
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6. 20 Pizzas in 1
Inspired by John Riepenhoff and the art of collage, this meta-pizza was specially made to complement an art display. The individual mini-pizzas were made separately and placed atop the big one.
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7. The Infamous Pizza Cake
O Canada! You’ve given us so many great things (Kids in the Hall) and terrible ones (Justin Bieber). Canadian chain Boston Pizza presented this giant behemoth, the pizza cake, or as I like to call it, “heart disease”.
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Full disclosure: although it horrifies me, I would totally eat a slice or three.
8. Pizza on a Stick
Also known as pizza pops. You can make the cute bite-size version…
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Or the hilarious adult-sized one:
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9. Bite-Size Pizzas Served in Mushroom Caps
They’re adorable and good for you. Plus, they’re pretty easy to make.
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If you don’t like mushrooms, you could just make a regular pizza cupcake using a muffin tin.
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What pizza innovations do you like? And don’t tell me leftover pizza in a waffle maker. That’s for when you can’t finish any of the above!