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8 Ways to Top a Pizza

Cover pizza dough with any of these surefire combinations and bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes.

By Ken Haedrich
Tomato pizzaJim FrancoRealSimple.com

Smoky Barbecued Chicken
Barbecue sauce, barbecued-chicken slices, red bell pepper, smoked Gouda, cilantro.
 
Pesto and Goat Cheese
Pesto, sliced tomato, goat cheese.
 
Hawaiian
Tomato sauce or sliced tomato, pineapple chunks, Canadian bacon, sharp Cheddar.
 
Shrimp Scampi
Sautéed shrimp and garlic, chopped arugula, Parmesan, mozzarella.
 
Scalloped Potato
Thinly sliced cooked red-skinned potatoes, caramelized onions, crumbled bacon, Fontina cheese, a drizzle of heavy cream or ranch dressing.
 
Alfredo
Alfredo sauce, crumbled blue cheese, toasted walnuts, Parmesan.
 
Salad
Mesclun mix, sliced grape tomatoes, shaved Pecorino or Parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette. (Add toppings after baking.)
 
Middle Eastern
Hummus, sliced tomato, pitted Kalamata olives, green olives, crumbled Feta cheese, fresh parsley, a drizzle of olive oil.
 
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