With the sun finally basking down upon us (for a few days at least), it seems every beer garden and restaurant with outdoor seating is full. Along with increased takings on drinks, pubs can really benefit from catering for the weather and pizza is the ultimate snack for the sun.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a classic pepperoni, Margherita and even the ever controversial ham and pineapple; but sometimes you have to be a little adventurous to stand out from the crowd.
If you’re thinking of incorporating pizza into your menu this summer, here are 5 unusual but delicious pizza toppings to help your establishment stand out.
How do you make any meal better? Stick a fried egg on it of course. This topping will work great with classics such as mushrooms, sweetcorn, bacon and mozzarella.
To get the full delicious effect of this topping, add the egg before your pizza is done, top with another handful of cheese and return to the oven; so long as you don’t overcook it, this will ensure the yolk stays runny.
Asparagus takes around 8 minutes in the oven, so you should have no problem popping it on raw with a drizzle of olive oil. Asparagus works great as a topping with bacon, Parma ham, peppers or even that lovely fried egg we mentioned above.
British asparagus season is here! We’ll be stocking the famous Wye Valley asparagus from late April until the end of June, so why not grab a bunch and add a modern twist to your pizza.
It’s 2018, so we couldn’t write a foodie blog without including everybody’s favourite fruit – the humble avocado. You can heat up the avocado with your pizza, but we recommend adding slices once your pizzas is out of the oven; giving it a fresh dimension perfect for a hot summers day.
Avocado goes well with just about anything, we love it with chicken, smoked salmon or as the selling point of a vegetarian pizza (which can sometimes lack a little diversity in terms of texture).
Figs can add a unique sweetness to pizza without being too overpowering, why not combine them with caramelized onion, rosemary and goats cheese with a drizzle of balsamic, or mash them into a paste as a substitute to tomato and top with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.
Combining two summer favourites is sure to be hit. Load your pizza with seasoned ground beef, cheese, shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and guacamole; top with a few crushed nachos to finish.
Whilst a fish and chip pizza would be a feat, we’re not sure how feasible it would be (plus we don’t want to share our secret recipe) so how about beer battered calamari instead?
The calamari will need to be deep fried as the pizza is cooking, so if you’re cooking in an outside oven you might opt for calamari without the breading. Serve with chopped parsley, fresh rocket, cool Greek yoghurt and a wedge of lemon.
Making pizza dough is very straightforward and there are many different methods of it. Thin crust pizzas are a little harder to get right, but are better suited to hot weather than their doughier, deep pan counterparts.
Even if it’s is not your restaurant’s speciality; you’ll be able to master the art of pizza with this simple step by step guide. The following recipe will make up to 4 pizzas and can be multiplied to your requirements:
What’s your favourite unusual pizza topping? Let us know! If you’re looking to freshen up your summer menu this year, we can help. With a range of fresh produce, fine ingredients and frozen products and next day delivery on most orders; we are fully equipped to serve any modern kitchen.
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