SpicyThymes: That’s Amore!

One of our favorite cold-weather, Sunday-night meals is homemade pizza. There’s something oh-so-good about making your own crust and loading it up with all your favorite toppings…it can’t be beat! So, it was a bit serendipitous when we learned this past Sunday also happened to be National Pizza Day. We obviously had no choice but to make homemade pizzas!

When folks talk about pizza, a debate about toppings always ensues. Pepperoni or beef? Green or black olives? Does pineapple really belong on pizza? What about ham? The truth is there are so many ways to add interesting flavors to your pizza which go beyond the regular toppings. We’re sharing a few of our favorites from the shop.

Spicing things up

Sprinkling an assembled pie with a spice blend is an extremely easy way to bump up the flavor, and the options are endless. If you’re all about keeping it traditional, we suggest our Italian Seasoning Blend (salt-free) or Pizza Blend (contains salt). Looking for a little heat? The Ammazza Suocera Blend packs a flavorful, warm punch. Want something with an interesting flavor twist? The Gusto Pizza Co. Blend adds a bit of flair to traditional Italian flavors with the addition of black pepper and fennel seed.

You like-a da sauce?

Why not mix it up a bit? Our Delicious & Sons pestos make a great addition to the classic red sauce. The familiar Basil Pesto Genovese adds a green, nutty and basil filled flavor, while the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Rosso adds that tasty, sun-dried tomato flavor.

Toss in a fungi

Canned mushrooms are…well, gross. Try something different by adding our dried Porcini or Hen of the Woods mushroom varieties. Simply reconstitute them by soaking them in boiling-hot water for approximately 20 minutes, then toss them on prior to baking your pizza. Trust us, you won’t go back to the can.

All about the crust

Making your own pizza crust is easy (Pinterest has hundreds of recipes). Nearly every crust will involve olive oil in one way or another. Our single-varietal extra virgin olive oils are a good choice, but using a flavored oil will give your crust that je ne sais quoi (oh, wait – that’s not Italian!). Our go-to flavored oils are our Garlic Olive Oil or Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, but you can certainly get more creative with the others.

Share all of your homemade pizza tricks with us in the comments. What toppings do you love? How do you season your pizza? We want to know!