a collage of alternative pizza varieties  a collage of alternative pizza varieties The pizza possibilities are endless. (Photo: Jessica Merchant, Jerry James Stone, Sarah F. Berkowitz)

These pies will make pizza night at your house unforgettable

Pi Day is the perfect time to break out of those old pizza perceptions.

The following unconventional pizza recipes prove that even the most unusual pizzas are still pizza, still fun and still totally acceptable for pizza night (or Pi Day, which we love!). Yes, it can be made out of watermelon! Yes, it can have an eggplant crust! Yes, it can be topped with apples and arugula! There are no rules in pizza! (Well there are, but we’re going to ignore them.)

Eggplant pizza

eggplant pizzaUse sliced eggplant as the crust and top as you please. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

The eggplant, our favorite bell-shaped purple veggie, certainly doesn't resemble a pizza crust at first glance. But that's what makes this surprisingly easy recipe from Jerry James Stone so ingenious – vegetable as crust and topping. It's also got a crafty kick in the form of za'atar, a Mediterranean spice blend.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe.


Apple arugula pizza

apple arugula pizzaThis is not your typical neighborhood pizza haul. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

This is a strange one. So let's break this one down, ingredient by ingredient. First, bread. Who doesn't like bread? Second, arugula. It's lettuce, only with actual nutrients in it. Third, apples. Apples? On pizza? Is this real life?

It is. And it's good! And it's been tested and approved by Jerry James Stone. Get our recipe.


Shakshouka pizza

Shakshouka pizza is a fun way to eat the traditional tomato stuff.Shakshouka pizza is a fun way to eat the traditional tomato stuff. (Photo: Joy/Flickr)

This is what happens when two things that have seemingly nothing in common – shakshouka and pizza – converge to make magic. Simply prepare shakshouka like you normally would, only instead of cooking it in a cast-iron skillet, throw in the pizza crust of your choice instead. Have fun with it!

Here's Food52's take on shakshouka pizza.


Watermelon pizza

watermelon pizzaThis is a super fun, all-ages dessert that's also great for entertaining. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

OK, we hear you. Before you even say it, let's all agree that this is not actually pizza. It's more like a flattened-out fruit salad. But look how cute it is! Have you ever seen a more party-perfect potluck dish in your life? Israeli Kitchen contributor Sarah Berkowitz even went the extra mile and cut out the banana slices to look like mushrooms. Awwww!

Get our recipe.


Cauliflower-crust pizza

Cauliflower can make a delicious gluten-free pizza crustFrom pizza crusts to creamy soups, cauliflower has many delicious tricks up its sleeve. (Photo: Elena Veselova/Shutterstock)

Is there anything you can't make out of cauliflower? Pizza crust, rice, soup, brownies ... it's like the blank canvas of vegetables. Whereas many replacements come with a cost in cooking – they taste funky or require other complicated steps – cauliflower doesn't.

If you are looking to explore these possibilities, start with a simple how-to on making your own cauliflower pizza dough.


Kale cauliflower pizza

kale and cauliflower flatbreadThis kale and cauliflower flatbread is the best cure for plain pizza fatigue. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

It's a repeat performance! Indeed, cauliflower is one of those things that people who don't like cauliflower can still appreciate for its sheer versatility. But if you actually do like cauliflower – and we do, a whole lot – then you can really go all out with this cauliflower pizza twofer: Cauliflower crust and topping. And as a gift to you, we threw in kale. Because that's what you do when you're an adult. You eat kale.

Get our recipe.


Blueberry pizza with ricotta and shallots

blueberry pizza with ricotta and shallotsTry it. We won't judge. (Photo: Jessica Merchant/How Sweet It Is)

You know it's worth a read when the first line of a recipe intro is "Don't freak out." We admit, we were a bit skeptical too. But mostly confused. Is it pizza? Is it pie? Is it dessert? Breakfast? Second breakfast?

Here's the thing. It doesn't matter. You already know that we've thrown out the rules of pizza. So that must mean we can also throw out the rules of mealtime: breakfast for dinner, dessert for breakfast, lunch for ... midnight snack?

This recipe from How Sweet It Is boldly dares to tear down those barriers, proving that there's really no limit to the depths of the #alternativepizza universe.

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