Pizza All Day!

Last Saturday I decided it was high time to try some new pizzas. So I set out on a quest that, thanks to my sister, was coined #PizzaAllDay. Starting at breakfast and continuing through dinner, I ended up making 4 new pizza creations. It was a lot of time in the kitchen, but anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely love homemade pizza days, so it was well worth it. And since all of these pizzas were new, they’re qualified for my 50 in 15 Challenge, moving me one step closer to my 50th recipe.

For all of these pizzas, I used the Pizza Americana dough recipe from my go-to pizza book, American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza by Peter Reinhart. It’s a great all-purpose dough recipe that works perfectly for me when making pizzas in my oven.

Now, without further ado, on to the pizzas!

Sunrise Scramble Pizza

Sunrise Scramble Pizza

The Sunrise Scramble pizza was definitely a tasty way to start #PizzaAllDay. It was a relatively simple pizza, consisting of a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on the dough, topped with scrambled eggs, diced tomatoes, veggie sausage, and diced spinach. As simple as it may have been, it was a nice change from a stereotypical eggs and toast breakfast.

M Go Blue Pizza

M Go Blue Pizza

Since it was a University of Michigan football Saturday, I wanted to do something to give a shoutout to my alma mater and favorite college football team. So I decided to try this M Go Blue pizza, which was a sweeter fruit-based pizza. It was super simple to make (other than some patience in cutting the mango into a block M), and consisted of a base of cream cheese, topped with blueberries and mango in the shape of a block M. While I made this for “lunch”, it is definitely a pizza that can be enjoyed any time, probably most appropriately as a breakfast or dessert pizza. The end result was quite delicious, though in retrospect, was admittedly not my favorite (tasting) pizza of the day.

Jamaican Jerk Pizza

Jamaican Jerk Pizza

The day ended with two pizzas, one being the Jamaican Jerk pizza. It was an all-veggie pizza, with a base of sweet BBQ sauce, topped with diced bell peppers and onions tossed with a bit of olive oil and some Jamaican jerk spices (garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, thyme, parsley, sugar, salt, paprika, black pepper, crushed red pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon), and just a touch of shredded mozzarella cheese. The result was a sweet-but-spicy pizza that definitely had a great kick from the jerk seasoning. It’s definitely a pizza I’ll make again.

Spinach, Artichoke, & Tomato Pizza

Spinach Artichoke and Tomato Pizza

The other pizza that rounded out the day was a Spinach, Artichoke, and Tomato pizza, which proved to be my personal favorite of the day. It consisted of a base of shredded mozzarella cheese and a bit of Parmesan, topped with a mixture of quartered artichoke hearts, diced spinach, tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper. The end result was nothing short of phenomenal. It was a perfect pizza for a crisp fall day, having great flavor, an intoxicating aroma, and a perfect mix of toppings. Truth be told, this pizza seriously warrants entry into the category of ultimate comfort foods. It is that good.

The Results

At the end of the day, I felt that I needed to compare the pizzas and compile my list of favorites. But rather than just having one list, I actually made two: one for presentation and one for flavor.

Presentation

  1. M Go Blue Pizza
  2. Spinach, Artichoke, & Tomato Pizza
  3. Jamaican Jerk Pizza
  4. Sunrise Scramble Pizza

 

Taste

  1. Spinach, Artichoke, & Tomato Pizza
  2. Jamaican Jerk Pizza
  3. Sunrise Scramble Pizza
  4. M Go Blue Pizza

 

Overall

Comparing the two lists above, I guess it’s safe to assume that the “overall” results for my favorites would be:

  1. Spinach, Artichoke, & Tomato Pizza
  2. (Tie) Jamaican Jerk Pizza and M Go Blue Pizza
  3. Sunrise Scramble Pizza

 

Closing Thoughts

At the end of #PizzaAllDay, I was quite content with my new pizzas. It was a delicious and satisfying way to spend my Saturday, and gave me a good excuse to test some new ideas for pizzas. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I’m already starting to plan another round of test pizzas for another day when I’m feeling particularly inspired to dedicate the day to pizza making!

Bon Appétit!

 

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