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Eat All the Pizza You Want – It’s National Pizza Month!

What’s your go-to food when you do not want to cook? The chances are that you will call for pizza. I know that’s what I do! A hot pizza slathered with cheese and topped with all sorts of veggies and meat is a good excuse not to cook any time.

There is, however, something to be said about making pizza at home. Not only do you get fresher, hotter slices, but you can also derive some fun out of it! Did you know that October is National Pizza Month? Not that you would ever need an excuse to make pizza at home, but this is as good an excuse as any!

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A Short History Lesson

National Pizza Month is attributed to the U.S. Congress (of all things!), which supposedly designated October as the month to celebrate all things pizza way back in 1987. The original pizza goes back further than that, though. It is said that pizza – or something like it – has been around since the Neolithic age. Pizza as we know it today, however, comes from Naples, where poor people added tomato to flat bread. Pizza has then evolved into creations that feature more than flat bread and tomato, as you very well know.

Fun Pizza Facts

You may think that you know all there is to know about pizza, but there are some interesting details about this common food. Did you know…

  • …that Americans eat an estimated 350 slices of pizza every second? That translates to 100 acres per day!
  • …that the most popular topping in the U.S. is pepperoni? 36 percent of all pizza orders include pepperoni as a topping.
  • …that Americans generally dislike anchovies, which is the least ordered pizza topping?
  • …that in Japan, the most popular topping is squid? Before you turn the idea down, think about how good Japanese food is (and not only because of monosodium glutamate, which gives that mysterious extra dimension in flavors). I’ve actually had squid on my pizza, and I loved it!
  • …that pizzerias comprise 17% of all restaurants in the whole world? That’s a LOT of pizza!

For more interesting facts, check out the pizza infographic at the end of the post. In the meantime, why don’t you plan on making pizza as much as you can this month? Everyone will thank you for that!

Pizza Recipes

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

A great pizza starts with the dough. You can always opt to get store-bought pizza dough. While that will save you some time, nothing compares to making your own dough. If thin crust is what gets you going, you will love this recipe for Thin Crust Pizza Dough.

Other great pizza dough recipes:

Classic Pizzas

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita is one of the most basic pizzas you can find out there. All that you need is your thin crust dough, tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a crunchy slice of this pizza! Here are lots more other ways to make Pizza Margherita.

As I mentioned earlier, pepperoni is the most popular topping in the United States. I seriously doubt that a single person in the pizza-eating world has not tried pepperoni pizza. The next time you crave this pizza, why not make your own?

Here’s an easy Pepperoni Pizza recipe that also teaches you how to make the dough. If you like your pizza stuffed, then this Stuffed-Crust Pepperoni Pizza will make you one very happy camper.

Some people think pepperoni on pizza gets boring after a while. I highly doubt you’ll find this Pepperoni, Chorizo & Mozzarella Pizza and Two-Pepper Pepperoni Pizza boring, though!

Meat Lover's Pizza

Hearty Meat Lover's Pizza

Personally, I like my pizza with a lot of meat – most of the time. A slice of two of a good meat-loaded pizza can easily satisfy. If you love your meat, too, here is a recipe you ought to try: Hearty Meat Lover’s Pizza.

To kick things up a notch, you have to try this Spicy Beef Pizza.

There are so many things that one can do with meat and pizza, and one tasty concoction this BBQ Chicken Pizza.

Here are other interesting pizzas with lots of meat, just the way I like it.

Not Your Ordinary Pizzas

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

There is a certain satisfaction that one derives from the good old pizza varieties, but there is also something to be said about the not-so-ordinary pizzas. I am a sucker for Philly Cheese Steak, so if it can be made into pizza, why not? One small tweak I would make to this recipe is add more cheese!

Another really interesting variation is this Pastrami and Dolcelatte Pizza. For someone who can’t get enough of pastrami, this pizza is heaven!

Craving Mexican food but want something a little different? How about making Taco Pizza? Alternatively, there is Chicken Fajita Pizza!

If you are a little more adventurous, I highly recommend trying out this Chorizo Supreme Pizza. I know not everyone is into chorizo, but if you are, then you will probably be delighted with the result. For Thai food lovers, a great alternative would be Thai Chicken Pizza.

Tortilla Crab Pizza

Tortilla Crab Pizza

This Tortilla Crab Pizza is a winner for me. Even though it uses tortilla instead of pizza dough, the prospect of crab just gets me going! Also, tortilla is a very good substitute for pizza dough anyway.

When it comes to pizza, we usually think of cheddar cheese and mozzarella. There are no rules as to what kind of cheese to use, though, and blue cheese adds a very nice flavor. Why don’t you try this BBQ Chicken and Blue Cheese Pizza for a change?

More specialty pizzas for your pleasure:

So are you dying to have some pizza? Go make your own! Before that, though, you might want to check out this pizza infographic, just for fun.

Pizza Infographic

Images via rainydayknitter, Daily Infographic, Food.com

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