Unique Topping Ideas for Your Pizza Oven
Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce are classic pizza toppings for a reason, but sometimes your taste buds need a change. Consider pizza dough a canvas and toppings the paint - there's an infinite number of delicious masterpieces you can create using a wide variety of ingredients.
Best thing of all, crafting your one-of-a-kind pizza is a breeze with the Oster® Convection Countertop Oven. The toaster oven allows you to cook up a frozen or freshly made pizza in no time, and you can use pre-made pizza dough to cut the preparation time down even further. Try these unique topping ideas next time it's pizza night:
The hearty potato shouldn't be used just as a side dish - it should steal the spotlight as a pizza topping. If you've ever felt like a slice or two of cheese pizza isn't filling enough, then potatoes are the topping for you. Chop a few potatoes and lay them out on a baking sheet misted with cooking spray. Brush the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle on sea salt, black pepper and rosemary. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, then toss them on the pizza. Potatoes pair well with rustic toppings like bacon, onions, ham and parmesan cheese. Cook the pizza in your Oster® Convection Countertop Oven at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown. For an extra flavor twist, try using sweet potatoes.
Sometimes, a regular old slice of pizza just won't cut it. You need something that won't leave you hungry in 10 minutes. Enter the fried egg - it's an easy way to make any meal more filling, and it happens to pair perfectly with pizza. When the pizza is almost done cooking in your Oster® Convection Countertop Oven, fry up an egg on the stovetop. Add a fried egg on top of a slice, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy. A fried egg goes well with nearly any kind of pizza, but for an extra delicious pie, add it to a pizza made with sausage or ham and caramelized onion.
Black Bean Salsa
Mexican flavors go great on tacos and rice bowls and in burritos and fajitas, so why not but have you ever thought to try them on a pizza? Start by spreading traditional tomato sauce or light queso on pizza dough, then top with shredded chicken, corn and sliced tomatoes and cook in your toaster oven at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Once finished, let cool slightly and then top with black bean salsa, avocado slices and a spritz of lime juice for a pizza that's anything but typical.
You probably wouldn't think of this sweet fruit as a pizza topping, but in fact, it elevates even the plainest of pies. Slice a few figs and add them to a pizza topped with goat cheese, caramelized onions, grilled asparagus and bacon. The sweet flavors of the cheese, onions and figs are divine paired with the saltiness of the asparagus and bacon. Bake the pizza in your Oster® Convection Countertop Oven at 475 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
"Coleslaw is great on barbecue-inspired pizzas."
Coleslaw is a staple side to barbecue meals, and it consequently also works great on barbecue-inspired pizzas. After cooking a pizza topped with barbecue sauce, chicken or pulled pork and onions, spread a thin layer of coleslaw over the pizza. The crunch of the coleslaw and the combination of hot and cold temperatures makes the pizza even more satisfying.
Give your typical meats a break and opt for this spicy Spanish cured meat instead. For a pizza that takes inspiration from Spain's culinary traditions, pair the Chorizo with Manchego cheese and black olives. Cook in your toaster oven at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. It's a little sweet, a little spicy and a great way to switch up your usual pizza.