A Trio of delicious Winter Pizza Ideas

Looking for inspiration for your pizza toppings? If you’re like me, you prefer to keep things seasonal, and in the winter the options are fewer unless you are using toppings grown south of the border or in a greenhouse. These three pizzas use ingredients readily available this time of year … olives, onions, cured meats, Italian sausage, and spicy jarred peppers.

From scratch or not from scratch?

You can make these pizzas completely from scratch if you like, or you can take some shortcuts such as buying pizza or bread dough (sold at most stores or your favorite pizzeria). You can also buy pizza sauce if you’d like. Me, I really prefer mine from scratch.

In the past I have done several posts about pizza, including how to make your own dough, baking techniques, making your own sauce, and various styles of pizza. Check out the Recipe Index below for the full gamut, or if you just want the sauce or dough recipe, click on those page links.

Quality Ingredients:

If you go to the Pizza Recipe Index, in addition to the sauce and dough recipes, you’ll also find my recommendations for the highest quality cheese and tomatoes. I tested a wide variety of both. Trust me, it will make a difference!

Keto Options?

If you’ve been on Keto for any length of time, you know there are plenty of recipes out there for Keto Pizza Crusts, made from cauliflower, and/or cheese, or almond and/or coconut flour. I’ve yet to test any of these and would only post a recipe if I had tested more than one recipe. Most major stores carry Keto Pizzas in the frozen section. We had the one from Costco. It was edible but the quality of the toppings was typical of frozen pizzas. Homemade is far superior!

So far there are only a few pizza crusts available. I saw some really small ones at Trader Joe’s, but they weren’t cheap, and supposedly Fred Meyer has one made by Boboli. I’ve not tried them but am skeptical.

I would love to hear if anyone has had experience with making or buying Keto Pizza Dough! You can write your comments below.

The Topping Recipes:

Now let’s get to the recipes for these pizzas. I’m not going to list quantities. Just put on as much or as little as you like. The toppings are listed in the order in which you would add them. In other words, the bottom item listed would end up on top.

THREE OLIVE & SALAMI PIZZA:

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Salami (of your choice*)
  • Onions – slivered
  • Three or more types of olives of your choice (such as kalamata, green, black, or gaeta)

* I’m sure you know there are many types of salami. Beyond Genoa, some of my favorites are Sopressata, Bresaola, Capocollo, and Wine Salami.

Prosciutto & Caramelized Rosemary Onion Pizza:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Caramelized rosemary onions (see note below)
  • Prosciutto (thinly sliced)

For this pizza you’ll need to slice and caramelize your onions with rosemary prior to adding them to your pizza. I prefer to use fresh rosemary. To prepare, slice your onions and mince the fresh rosemary if using fresh. Heat some olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Add onions. Salt them. Once the onions begin to sweat, add the rosemary, and cook until the onions are a beautiful golden brown.

This pizza has no tomato sauce. First drizzle the dough with extra virgin olive oil before adding the other toppings.

Pizza Calabrese:

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese (half quantity)
  • Provolone cheese (half quantity)
  • Italian Sausage – preferably hot
  • Red cherry peppers or other spicy red peppers (see notes below).

As far as the cheese goes, blend them to your liking. You can use all mozzarella, or all provolone, or mix the two. A high-quality provolone is exceptional on pizza!

Regarding the peppers, Mama Lil’s is an exceptional local brand.

Calabria is in the south of Italy where they like their food spicy. This pizza recipe is supposed to reflect that. If you want to tone it down a bit, use a Sweet (or Mild) Italian Sausage, and go light on the peppers. If you want it really spicy, well you know the options! One spice option I like is a spicy chile oil. I always keep a small jar handy. All you do is take some crushed red peppers in a small bottle, add a good olive oil and let it marinate together.

Homemade Italian Sausage anyone?

If you really want to make everything from scratch, you can even make your own Italian sausage. The recipe is here on my blog. You can either make it into links or just leave it bulk which is easier. The flavor is amazing, and you can adjust the heat to your liking.

Italian Sausage Recipe

1 thought on “A Trio of delicious Winter Pizza Ideas

  1. They all sound delicious! Now I want to make pizza!

    I have tried a number of keto pizza crusts and haven’t found one that is good. I think the best option for keto is to skip the crust and start with a layer of cheese on parchment paper and then load up the cheese with toppings. Cheese, tomato sauce, meat, etc.

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