Pizza Topping Bar

Pepperoni pizza baking in the oven (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

What’s more fun than a “Pick Your Topping Pizza?” If you’re having a party, set out a Pizza Topping Bar and let your guests top their own individual pizza pies. You could bake or grill the pizzas for your guests.

Pepperoni pizza baking in the oven  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pepperoni pizza baking in the oven (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Below is a pretty comprehensive list of pizza ingredients that should please most pizza eaters. Buy a selection of toppings, a few different pizza dough flavors, and get that pizza topping bar ready. Rent some grills or have everyone bring their own portable grill. It’s an entertaining outdoor event for the summer and fall!

Pepperoni, red bell pepper, onion, mushroom, black olive, mozzarella, parmesan,  and herbed crust pizza just out of the oven. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pepperoni, red bell pepper, onion, mushroom, black olive, mozzarella, parmesan, and herbed crust pizza just out of the oven. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Here’s my “Pizza Topping Bar” Map. Offer some of my suggested toppings on platters or in bowls with serving utensils. Use a large card table or even the center island in your kitchen. Your guests can start with the pizza pan, add a crust, sauce, cheese, meat or seafood, vegetable or fruit, bake it, and then add a garnish. Have a separate table for napkins rolled around flatware and your assorted beverages. Soft drinks, beer, and wine all go well with pizzas!

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But first, take a look at these enticing photos some of my favorite pizza combos:

Pepperoni Pizza with Extra Cheese!   (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pepperoni Pizza with Extra Cheese! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cremini mushrooms and crispy sauteed prosciutto top a cheesy pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cremini mushrooms and crispy sauteed prosciutto top a cheesy pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Basil pesto and Margherita Pizza with lots of cheese!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Basil pesto and Margherita Pizza with lots of cheese! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Tomato, mushroom, and broccoli pizza with roasted garlic cloves  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Tomato, mushroom, and broccoli pizza with roasted garlic cloves (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Hot from the oven: Friday Night Pepperoni and Provolone Pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Hot from the oven: Friday Night Pepperoni and Provolone Pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Broccoli Mushroom Shallot Pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Broccoli Mushroom Shallot Pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cremini Mushroom and Oven-Roasted Tomato Pizza  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cremini Mushroom and Oven-Roasted Tomato Pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza: Duck Confit, Pear, Shallot, Swiss Cheese, Smoked Gouda Cheese on Smoky Flatbread (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza: Duck Confit, Pear, Shallot, Swiss Cheese, Smoked Gouda Cheese on Smoky Flatbread (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Tomato, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Garlic and Pesto Pizza -- Hot from the oven! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Tomato, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Garlic and Pesto Pizza — Hot from the oven! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
BBQ Chicken Pizza fresh from the oven! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
BBQ Chicken Pizza fresh from the oven! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Scallop & Asparagus Pizza at Patsy's (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Scallop & Asparagus Pizza at Patsy’s (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza Margherita at Patsy's Restaurant. Great with a glass of red wine. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza Margherita at Patsy’s Restaurant. Great with a glass of red wine. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
A slice of pepperoni, black olive, and mozzarella pizza!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
A slice of pepperoni, black olive, and mozzarella pizza! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Pizza Fresh From the Oven (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Pizza Fresh From the Oven (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza smothered in chicken, pesto, and cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza smothered in chicken, pesto, and cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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You can put almost anything on a pizza. Start out with a selection of pizza doughs for your guests to roll out. Set out a card with a few composed pizza suggestions including:

Sausage and Tomato Pizza: pizza sauce, provolone slices, sausage, chopped tomato

Classic Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza: pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, shredded parmesan, pepperoni slices, mushrooms

Tex Mex Tortilla Pizza: refried beans, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, onions, and add pulled chicken. After pizza is baked, add shredded lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, avocado, sour cream, salsa

Pizza Margherita: shredded mozzarella, diced tomato, shredded parmesan, basil

Chicken Pesto Pizza: pesto sauce, diced grilled chicken, shredded fontina, pine nuts

Duck Confit Pizza: Swiss cheese, smoked Gouda cheese, duck confit, pear, caramelized shallot

Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes: olive oil, roasted garlic cloves, diced grilled chicken, sauteed fingerling potato coins.

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pesto Pizza: pesto, roasted tomato sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, roasted garlic cloves, parmesan.

Friday Night Pepperoni and Provolone Pizza: Roasted tomato sauce, pepperoni, provolone slices, mozzarella.

BBQ Chicken Pizza: Barbecue sauce, cooked chicken chunks, shredded mozzarella and smoked gouda cheeses, sliced red onion, chopped cilantro.

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Pizza Topping Bar

Set out a selection of these options for your guests to create their own pizza pies.

Pizza Crusts:

Regular pizza dough
Whole wheat pizza dough
Herbed pizza dough
Plain flatbread
Flavored flatbread
Burrito size flour tortilla

Sauces:

Tomato pizza sauce
Roasted tomato sauce
Alfredo sauce
Garlic butter sauce
BBQ sauce
Pesto sauce
Refried beans

Cheeses:

Shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh mozzarella cheese slices or mini-balls
Shredded parmesan cheese
Shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Shredded smoked Gouda cheese
Ricotta cheese
Goat cheese
Shredded fontina cheese
Sliced Swiss cheese
Sliced provolone cheese
Feta cheese crumbles
Bleu cheese crumbles
Queso Fresco

Meats and Seafood:

Pepperoni
Capicola Ham
Salami
Prosciutto
Diced turkey
Pulled chicken
Diced ham
Sausage
Anchovies
Crispy Bacon
Smoked salmon
Scallops
Duck confit
Escargots

Vegetables and Fruits

Tomato slices
Green or red bell pepper rings
Sliced mushrooms
Sliced garlic
Pineapple chunks
Sliced black olives
Diced or sliced sweet or red onions
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Banana peppers
Chopped spinach
Roasted red peppers
Black beans
Diced tomato
Asparagus tips or spears
Sliced pears
Roasted garlic cloves
Diced or sliced cooked potatoes

Garnishes:

Oregano
Basil
Black pepper
Red pepper flakes
Salsa
Sour cream
Pine nuts
Shredded Lettuce

Method: Start with a pizza crust on a pizza pan. Top with your favorite sauce. Add cheese, meats and seafood, vegetables and fruits. Bake or grill the pizza. Then top with your favorite garnishes. Enjoy!

Feeds a crowd!

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