What's better than pizza? Not much, but pizzaiola, a Neapolitan dish of meat cooked pizza-style, is a strong contender. Often made with steak, this indulgent version features thinly pounded pork-tenderloin medallions tied around a scamorza-cheese filling. The bundles are seared, then simmered in a rich red-wine tomato sauce. A final topping of cheese on each piece of pork and a trip under the broiler to get it browned and bubbling is the killer last step. It's delicious served on pasta.
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I know I'm committing a grave seasonal recipe faux pas here by combining a spring ingredient (we're in the middle of asparagus season!) with a late summer product, but dammit, we've gotten so good at cherry tomatoes that they're sweet and flavorful pretty much all year round.
This guy is all savoriness. It starts with shiitake mushrooms charred on the grill. Slices of sopressata get the briefest turn over the fire, then go on top of a pie with fresh mozzarella. On go the mushrooms, along with a fistful of coarsely shaved Parmesan cheese.
Broccolini or broccoli rabe with garlic and chilies is a classic flavor combination. In this recipe, I toss the broccolini in garlic oil before grilling it over hot coals, then apply it in whole pieces to the pie which also gets slices of fresh mozzarella and a scattering of fresh hot chilies.
We combine store-bought puff pastry dough with pepperoni pizza-themed fillings, and roll it up using the traditional Chinese scallion pancake method as our inspiration before pressing the whole thing into a waffle iron. The result is a buttery, cheesy, crispy, flaky, flavor-packed treat.
Inspired by a TV sitcom, the Sloppy Jessica is a gloriously greasy, wonderfully messy beast of macaroni-and-cheese chili stuffed into a pizza-style bun that's dripping with melted mozzarella cheese.
A quick skillet pizza using a pre-made pizza crust topped with sautéd broccolini, mushrooms, and cheese.
The Roberta's cookbook also begins with pizza, so we too will kick off our week with a pie. The Speckenwolf is a mainstay on their menu. It's a simple white pizza topped with paper-thin slices of smoky cured speck, creamy fresh mozzarella, earthy mushrooms, and sharp red onions. It's the tiny sprinkle of oregano, though, that totally makes the dish.
This loaded version of pizza nachos is layered with all the fixin's: tomatoes, pepperoni, sweet peppers, onions, olives, and loads of gooey mozz.
The ultimate English muffin pizza made with a fresh tomato sauce and crisp pepperoni.
Inspired by the Filettie pizza at San Francisco's Una Pizza Napoletana, this pie combines fresh mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, sliced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and basil.
A sauce-less pizza with a sweet and savory topping of mozzarella, goat's milk feta, and quartered figs, all drizzled with olive oil and honey.
Lightly bitter radicchio sweetens as it chars, complementing the flavor of Italian sausage in this Neapolitan-style pizza.
Homemade pizza with a crisp ramen crust in place of the traditional dough.
Prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and arugula come together for a crisp, light pizza dinner. This recipe is a slight cheat on skillet pizza, since it uses pre-made flatbread instead of pizza dough. Then again, it really does only take five minutes to make, so I don't feel badly about it at all.
Crisp, bubbly pizza soaked in clam juice with fresh clams, mozzarella, romano, olive oil, and a hint of red chili heat.
Pizza with vodka sauce is a richer, creamier, spicier alternative to traditional tomato sauce pies.
If you're looking for a gluten-free pizza to try, start here. Shauna James Ahern's grilled pizza recipe in Gluten-Free Girl Every Day uses dough made from a mixture of millet, sweet rice flour, potato starch, psyllium, oil, egg, and yeast. Once mixed and risen, it looks more like cookie batter than pizza dough, but it rolls out easily and bakes into a half crackery, half bready crust.
Pizza with spicy kimchi, soppressata, and scallions on a soft and crisp New York-style crust.
New York-style pizza with a sweet and savory bacon cherry pepper relish and coppa.