Though they’re slowly gaining prevalence in the pizza world, figs are still a relatively niche topping choice for the general populace. We need to fix that. The sweetness of figs naturally pairs with a ton of common pizza ingredients like cured meats (pepperoni, bacon, and prosciutto particularly), mild cheeses, and cooked onions. If you’re looking to interplay a variety of flavors, figs are a fantastic option.
- Pro Tip: To add some simple decadence, considering pouring a balsamic reduction on the pizza!
Light, refreshing and crisp; what’s not to love about pears? The fruit favorite is a great entry point into the world of fruit pizza, particularly if you enjoy a mixture of textures. While pears and nuts may be your first thought, don’t be afraid to incorporate sweet flavors, fresh herbs, or strong cheeses. Seriously, blue cheese and pears are a match made in heaven.
- Pro Tip: Caramelize your pears before baking for an enhanced flavor.
You read that right. Even though pickles on pizza sounds like it shouldn’t work, it really does. Standard dill pickles are your best bet, as their mild sourness adds a low-key tartness that doesn’t overtake the rest of the pizza. We’d recommend pairing with a saltier meat like bacon and a mild white cheese like mozzarella or white cheddar.
Don’t let spinach and kale hog the spotlight. Swiss chard is an exceptional pizza topping but unfortunately doesn’t get the respect it deserves. The leafy green has an awesome nutritional profile, refined flavor, and holds up well during the cooking process. Sautéing the chard before adding it to the finished pizza is your best bet, as it will help cut down on the bitterness often associated with winter greens.
Corn adds a low key, surprising sweetness no matter how you slice it. In general, corn works best on pizza when combined with spicy or delicate flavors. Fans of hispanic ingredients will happy to know that many of the ingredients found in Mexican “street corn” can be transported directly to your pie; throw some chili powder, cayenne, and cilantro onto your pizza and see for yourself.
- Pro Tip: If you want a more relaxed pizza, try pairing grilled sweet corn with fresh tomatoes and a creamy cheese.
If you’re looking to looking to add some serious color to your pizza, blueberries can be a fantastic option. Blueberries aren’t afraid to go savory either, as they pair well with sautéed onions and pork. That being said, it’s best to add them towards the end of the cooking process, as blueberries don’t tend to last longer than a few minutes in the oven.