We had a lot of fun choosing the most creative toppings for our pizza contest last month. The topping ideas you submitted were so wild and tasty that Bob turned the contest over to us for a company-wide vote to determin our winners. After two intense, tie-breaking rounds, we finally picked our finalists.
For Meat Medley, Bonnie Nork from Klamath Falls, Oregon, won with her recipe for “Pesto Pizza with Bay Shrimp,” which left us all drooling. Here- is how she describes her recipe: “Last summer we had a surplus of garlic scapes from our CSA (the green shoots that the garlic bulb sends up before it’s ready for harvest). I made them into pesto (scapes, toasted walnuts, olive oil, and parmesan) and froze several batches. One of my favorite uses for this pesto was on a grilled pizza. I grilled the crust, both sides, then spread it with garlic scape pesto. I then sprinkled it with cooked Oregon baby shrimp, a medley of chopped roasted peppers, and a tiny bit of shredded mozzarella. Absolutely phenomenal!”
For Veritable Veggies, Gena Stout from Ravenden, Arizona, won with her recipe for “Gena’s Pizza.” To make Gena’s Pizza, she uses “any jarred red sauce, then top with a mixture of canned artichoke hearts, fresh spinach, canned sliced black olives, jarred capers and top with veggie cheese shreds.”
For Craziest Concoction Overall, we put all of the pizzas in the ring. While we had some pretty unique and delicious sounding dessert pizzas, the pizza that won Craziest Overall was “Curried Potato and Spinach Pizza” from Alina Abbot of Fort Edward, New York. Alina was kind enough to share her full recipe with us:
Curried Potato & Spinach Pizza
Leftover Boiled Potatoes, quartered (red or white, not too large)
some Plain Yogurt (maybe between 1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on how much potatoes you have)
curry powder (around 2 tsp.)
1-2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup sm. diced onion
Salt & Pepper
I never measured, but here’s how it goes. Mix the curry powder, S & P, garlic, and onion into the yogurt till well combined. Add yogurt mixture to the leftover boiled potatoes & spinach, spread a generous layer on top of cooked pizza crust. (pizza cooks faster if potato mixture is heated up, like on stove or microwave.) Add a sprinkle of feta cheese evenly over topping. Then add plenty of mozzarella on top of that. Bake in oven till oozy & bubbling. Immediately garnish with chopped cilantro before serving. Pizza will look lumpy with the potatoes in it, but that is part of the awesomeness of it.
Alina says that she “came up with this by making curried potatoes with spinach for dinner one night, then decided to use the leftovers for topping a pizza. We changed it a couple times, but we like the end result!“
At Bob’s Red Mill, we like to reward creativity. One of the most unusual entries we received far exceeded what we would normally consider to be appetizing. A very special gift is going out to Cindy Vattathil from Houston, Texas, for her BBQ Sauce and Nerds Pizza.
Here’s what Cindy had to say about her unusual combination. “When I was pregnant with my daughter, I craved some of the most unusual things. This was, by far, the most bizarre combination that I ever put together…but, for some reason, it really hit the spot! I don’t know if my sweet-tooth was converging with my husband’s love of BBQ in the form of my daughter’s pre-natal needs… I don’t know if the crunchy texture mixed with the kick of the sauce was exactly what I desired to help stave off my morning sickness… Whatever the (still) unknown reasoning behind this combination, it worked. Of course, I have never had it since my pregnancy; but, it does go down in our family’s history as the most unusual pizza we’ve ever eaten!”
Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and tantalized our team with so many mouth-watering pizza combinations. Look for more tasty contests coming up in 2009!