Holy cow is this post overdue! I’ve been on a pizza kick as of late [fine, forever] and have been foregoing my homemade crust for literally anything I have lying around the house. Once the clock starts on a certain chickpea’s nap it’s a mad dash to get ALLTHETHINGS done. Stat. I chug my coffee and go nuts. Feeding myself is usually the last thing on my mind, yet extremely important, so I love tossing together a speedy personal pizza as I truck along with my to-do list.
I’ll use anything from bagel to a zucchini to get my pizza fix. It’s just like art. I don’t need a canvas to create a masterpiece, I can paint nearly anything! In fact, I’m going to paint a mustache on Paul’s cat if she doesn’t stop snoring in my ear at night. It won’t stop the snoring but at least I’ll be less bitter about it. Who could stay mad at a cat with a mustache!?
I still probably could. She snores like an elephant with sleep apnea.
But wait, PIZZA!
Pizza Party: Think Outside the Crust!
Here are my favorite pizza crust substitutes that can turn any night into pizza night!
I have to credit my friend Marisa with this one. She and I hosted a little make-your-own pizza party recently and she brought heaping piles of leftovers to my house. It pretty much turned into make-your-own pizza week over here. It. Was. Glorious.
French bread is such a classic pizza medium, perfect for when you’re really craving a big mess of bread along with your mountain of cheese. Grab a super skinny whole grain baguette or be daring like us and use giant bakery fresh garlic and herb loaves!
Whole Grain Pita
This time of year I always have a stack of pitas in my pantry [and freezer!] and they make the most fantastical little personal pizzas. While the french bread and bagel pizzas are perfect for someone who wants a thick, fluffy pizza, pitas cater more to the thin crust crowd. They’re light and crispy and deliver a bit of a double-crunch factor thanks to the air pocket in the middle.
Though you can go for the classic sauce, cheese, and veggie combo here, feel free to mix it up and try something new! One of my favorites involves spreading mini pita pockets with roasted red pepper hummus spread layered with my go-to spinach sauce, fresh cheese, and ripe tomatoes. You can check out the recipe [here]
also… I think I have a cheese problem.
I swear there’s sauce under there somewhere!
Flatbread + Naan
Super similar to the pita option but extra tasty when you go with the garlic butter varieties. Cue swooning. I love to play around with my sauces and use asparagus pesto or cheesy parmesan asparagus dip to make a summery green pizza with my naan. Eek! Sorry for the link overload there. I have an asparagus problem along with my cheese problem! It’s a thing.
I’m also beyond smitten with these broccoli and cheese and summer squash garlic naan pizzas:
Of course if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can break out the won-ton wrappers and take pizza night to a whole new [delicious] level!
Other crustless crust options?
Of course there’s nothing wrong with good ole pizza, pizza.
Unless you just read that as the Little Caesars guy.