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Pizza Topping Inspiration – 5 Fresh Recipes

Do you love pizza? Tired of the same old Topping combinations or perhaps you want to make a pizza at home…well stay no more!

A fabulous place for meal inspirations are Farmers Markets. They offer a variety of fresh, flavourful fruits, vegetables, meats, and more with less preservatives than the grocery stores.

Here are 5 fresh and flavourful Pizza Recipe Inspirations:

1. #PutAnEggOnIt: Mushroom-Fontina With An Egg


Remix It!: Don’t like mushrooms? Try cauliflower or eggplant for a tasty twist! (See below).

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. assorted mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. pizza dough (thawed if frozen)

3 oz. fontina cheese, sliced

1 large egg

3 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

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Remixed – Replacing Mushrooms With Cauliflower:

Follow the steps in the recipe with all the ingredients above, replacing the Mushrooms with the cooked cauliflower (steps below).

1 head cauliflower, florets separated and thinly sliced

1 head garlic, top of bulb trimmed off until tops of cloves are exposed

Cooking The Cauliflower:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place cauliflower on rimmed baking pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place garlic on piece of foil; drizzle with a small amount of oil and tightly wrap foil around bulb. Place garlic on same pan as cauliflower. Roast cauliflower until very brown, about 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer cauliflower to bowl, then return pan with garlic to oven. Roast garlic until it is dark golden brown and very soft, about 10 minutes longer. Let garlic stand for 5 minutes or until cool enough to touch.


Remixed – Replacing Mushrooms with Eggplant:

Follow the steps in the recipe with all the ingredients above, replacing the Mushrooms with the cooked eggplant (steps below).

1 large eggplant (1 1/4 pound)

About 3 tablespoons olive oil

Cooking The Eggplant:

Sprinkle eggplant with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a colander and let drain in sink, turning slices occasionally, 30 minutes.

Rinse eggplant, then pat dry in batches between paper towels, pressing firmly to remove excess liquid. Brush both sides of slices with oil (about 4 tablespoons total) and form small stacks, then cut stacks into quarters. Arrange eggplant pieces in 1 layer in 2 shallow heavy baking pans and broil, 1 pan at a time, about 5 to 6 inches from heat, turning eggplant over once, until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes per batch. Cool eggplant to room temperature.

2. Flatbread Pizzas with Pesto, Corn, Goat Cheese, and Sundried Tomatoes


Corn on Pizza? Yes Mam’! It’s easy to make & delicious!


2 1/2 c. basil leaves

1/4 c. pine nuts

1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan

2 small cloves garlic, minced

1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 ears corn, kernels removed

4 whole-wheat naan flatbreads

4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

1/2 c. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

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3. Peach, Ricotta, and Honey Grilled Pizza


The sweet and savoury toppings on top of grilled crust is a game changer!


Dough for 1 12-inch pizzas

2 medium firm-ripe peaches, rinsed, halved, and pitted

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus more for brushing)
½–¾ cup fresh ricotta cheese

½ teaspoon Maldon sea salt

6–8 basil leaves, torn

4–5 tablespoons honey

Black pepper

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4. Bacon & Egg Pizza

Pizza for breakfast anyone?


6 oz. thick-sliced bacon
4 large eggs

1 tbsp. heavy cream

kosher salt

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

all-purpose flour

1 lb. pizza dough

⅓ c. Crème fraîche (fancy for sour cream)

3 oz. Brie

2 oz. fresh mozzarella

snipped chives

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5. Caramelized Onions Apples And Goat Cheese Pizza 

Caramelized onions and apples makes for a sweet and savoury pizza combination.

Remix It!: If you don’t care for goat cheese consider using the same amount of cream cheese or mascarpone cheese (Italian cream cheese), both of which will give you a similar creamy texture.


1 gluten free pizza crust (I made mine from a gluten free pizza crust mix)

1 large onion, sliced thinly

1 apple, cored and sliced thinly

4 ounces herbed goat cheese, softened or at room temperature

3 sprigs thyme

2 tablespoons honey, for drizzling

4 tablespoons vegan butter spread (or regular butter)

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This post is sponsored by Cottage4Me Vacation Rentals on Beautiful Lake St Clair, Ontario, Canada.

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