There's so much more to pizza than cheese -- people will really put anything from pineapple, to mashed potatoes, to macaroni and cheese (no, really) on a pizza. Visitors to the Minnesota State Fair have even admitted to indulging in a deep-fried corn-dog pizza! Surprisingly, these choice toppings are still fairly palatable in comparison to some.
Pizza may have originated in Italy but these days it's a truly global dish, arguably one of the world's favorite foods, popular from Korea, to Brazil and everywhere in between. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently noted that about one in eight Americans consumes pizza on any given day, and mostly as dinner.
It's reasonable then, that people will try to combine it with some of their other favorite foods like spare ribs, perhaps, or even hamburger meat (or in some cases the whole hamburger). Then there are some combinations like the baked beans pizza from the U.K. that push the envelope out a little further.
Also in the U.K., you'll find an array of chocolate pizza offerings. Some are actually pizzas made from gourmet chocolates, and others throw chocolate chips and cream cheese on a pizza crust... an interesting choice either way.
Back in the U.S., Missouri locals take advantage of cicada season by baking up the bugs into a cheesy pizza masterpiece. Incidentally, they also (briefly) make a popular cicada ice cream, which Missouri conservation officials are none too keen on.
What strange toppings would you put on your pizza? Prawns? Crocodile? Kangaroo? Read on to see what unusual toppings people are putting on their pizzas around the world.
Squid Ink — Washington, D.C.
In 2012 a handful of successful D.C. chefs were challenged to come up with some unique, limited-edition pies: Nicholas Stefanelli, the executive chef of Bibiana, brought his A-game when he created a squid ink pizza complete with octopus, salami, oregano, and red chilies. While only available during the promotional period, the pizza was apparently quite good and didn’t taste at all like a cheesy ink blot. Photo Credit: Bibiana/ FoodspottingquigsterClick Here to see More Things You Won’t Believe People Put on Pizza Around the World
Banana Curry — Sweden
With a mixture of sweet, salty, and spicy, the popular banana curry pizza made with a smoky ham, smokier cheese, curry powder, and ripe bananas is a Swedish favorite. In fact, it’s become so trendy in recent years that even a few pizzerias in New York City have started to serve it. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Ola Waagen
Python (with Alligator and Frog) — Florida
There’s a pizzeria in Fort Myers, Fla., that thought it would be a great idea to round-up the local wildlife and eat them all… on a pizza! Named “The Everglades,” Evan’s Neighborhood Pizza apparently combines the swamp animal trifecta of python, alligator, and frogs on their unique pizza offering. Photo Credit: Evans Neighborhood PizzaClick Here to see More Things You Won’t Believe People Put on Pizza Around the World
Baked Beans — U.K.
The British love their baked beans and add it to many local favorite dishes — you have the English breakfast with baked beans (more on that later) and bean-on-toast. But then you add it to pizza and melt some cheese on top… hmmm. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Sam Javanrouh
Cookie Dough Crust with Prawns & Sweet Potato — Korea
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