Get a Slice of These Pizza Trends
People love pizza. According to Dataessentials, pizza sales went up 125% in the past year. It’s no wonder, pizza has brought us familiarity, and deliciousness to the mundanity of lockdown.
Although the first pizza is thought to be invented in Naples, in the 1500s, pizza has come a long way. Restaurant trends are finding pizza-lovers returning to this familiar and comforting food. Although the joyful experience of biting into that first slice is essential, the demand for healthy and alternative pizzas is prevalent in 2021.
Innovating food to follow the on-trend ‘lifestyle diets’ has become extremely important, and pizza is no exception. That’s why we’ve compiled a few alternative pizza trends that’ll have the biggest of pizza-lovers with no leftovers. Be inspired by a cauliflower crust, or some unusual toppings.
Bringing a slightly nutty crunch to your pizza, artichokes are becoming an increasingly popular topping item in the pizza world.
Cut up some artichoke hearts, add some spinach, and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy this trendy topping on a white-based sauce.
An unexpected trend hitting pizza menus is pickles. Giving pineapple a run for its money, pickles are controversially becoming more popular on pizza. Adding sliced pickles could be a topping choice that’s for a more adventurous palette. Although pickles seem questionable, restaurants are pairing them with sriracha sauces, bacon, and garlic toppings. I guess don’t knock it til’ you try it?
Crusts – Different Pizza Trends
The quality of the crust is an essential part of pizza making. I think we can all agree a wood-fired pizza is a notch above an oven-baked crust, both in taste and texture. Getting that perfect crunch of a wood-fired pizza can be easy with pizza stones and pizza units. There is no need to build a huge pizza oven to get the pizza you desire!
Keto- Cauliflower crust
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy is my style of cooking. So we’ve added this gem of a recipe to make when times not on your side. Only 3 ingredients are needed to make this keto-cauliflower crust. The keto (ketogenic) diet is a long-lived diet that is low in carbs but high in fats.
If you’re looking to make a keto- cauliflower crust here’s the ingredients and instructions for an easy tried and tested keto crust.
1 head cauliflower (stalk removed)
½ a cup of parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Preheat to 180 degrees
Remove the cauliflower stalk and grate the cauliflower head
Microwave the grated cauliflower for 4 to 5 minutes
Drain the cauliflower using a cloth to squeeze out all of the moisture (the step is very important)
Mix the egg, cheese, and cauliflower together. Using your hands toss all of the ingredients together.
On a pizza stone shape the mixture into a pizza crust. The crust should be thin.
Bake for 25 minute
Canned Chickpea Crust
An up-and-coming ingredient is chickpeas. Chickpeas are gluten-free and have become a popular ingredient for bases such as chickpea pasta or pizza crusts. Try this easy canned-chickpea crust that’s gluten-free as well as vegan!
1 can chickpeas (drained and dried)
¼ cup of flour (gluten-free flour can be used)
¾ cup water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon dried herbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat to 180 degrees
Add all the ingredients together in a blender https://www.islandsupply.co.za/?product=blender-hamilton-beach-commercial-food-hbf600
Blend on high for 2 minutes, ensure the chickpeas are blended well.
Place crust on a baking tray, 20cm circle
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
Add toppings and bake for a further 10 minutes
There we go, some alternative and interesting crusts and toppings next pizza night.
The article was written by Christine Fay Smith
“Christine is a freelance lifestyle writer. She focuses on interior and hospitality design. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Christine has embraced her knowledge of the visual world. She mixes this with passion for culture and the exploration of visual experiences.”She enjoys keeping up with the latest culinary trends.