My area in New York has lots of pizzerias, where the chefs bake pizzas in brick ovens. Aside from that, they also include different variations, including:
- Regular (crust, tomato sauce, and cheese)
- White (crust, ricotta, mozzarella, and no tomato sauce)
- Sicilian (a thick crust with more tomato sauce and served in squares)
And many more…
While cheese is the traditional topping for pizza (as well as pepperoni sometimes), it doesn’t have to be the only one. In fact, it can be excluded.
I actually used to remove the cheese from pizza when I was younger… until I developed a tomato allergy. But I am working to reverse the allergy. So far, everything has gone well.
Anyway, if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, you can omit the cheese if you prepare your own pizza at home. This can also apply if you want healthier alternatives, such as vegetables.
You can either top the veggies on the cheese or leave out the cheese. The best ones for me include:
- Broccoli – like dairy, it contains calcium and is considered a leafy green. It also doesn’t taste too strong and can be crunchy or soft, depending on how you cook it.
- Onions – They add a slightly sweet flavor to the pizza. Of course, you would have to go through that process of chopping them. However, tricks to reduce or eliminate the tearing exist. You could chew gum or even microwave the onion for a little bit. You don’t want to overcook the onion, or else, it dries or wilts.
- Carrots – They taste sweet and contain vitamin c. If you favor softer carrots, I would suggest microwaving them and then topping them onto your pizza.
- Cauliflower – Like broccoli, but firmer, and no leafy tops. However, they do have a milder taste.
Some people include veggies like spinach, although I find spinach to taste bitter. But that may differ for you.
What toppings do you put on your pizza?