The debate of whether pineapple belongs on pizza has been going on for decades. Everyone probably has at least one friend or family member who hates the idea of pineapple on pizza, or maybe it’s you! Either way, pizza experts have been weighing in on this debate since Greek-born chef Sam Panoloulos started putting pineapple on his pizzas in the 1960s.
Since pizza is our passion here at NEO Pizza, here is a quick discussion about pineapple on pizza.
A pizza’s value is often subjective based on who is eating the pizza and what tastes they enjoy. NEO Pizza serves pineapple on pizza because it’s something that is often ordered! Pizza experts claim that pineapple pizza is perfectly acceptable as long as it’s done right. Your next question is probably, how can pineapple pizza be done right? Continue reading to find out!
One important thing about making pizza, taste aside, is that it needs to be prepared well and with care instead of just throwing toppings on it and calling it a day. Throwing gloomy pieces of canned pineapple onto a pizza is most likely how the topping has gotten such a bad rap. If you want to redeem the fruits name in the subject of pizza, here are some tips to follow:
Pineapple has a unique combination of flavors that include acidity, tartness, and sweetness. When putting together your pineapple pizza it’s important to take note of these flavors and figure out what will pair well with them and what will not. Because of its flavors, pineapple will pair best with ingredients and cooking methods that highlight its flavors and prevent it from overpowering your pizza, making it so pineapple isn’t the only thing you’re tasting.
Pizza toppings that greatly compliment pineapple include garlic, spices such as paprika and chili, and meaty foods such as pork, mushrooms, and onions. By caramelizing or glazing these ingredients they will bring out and compliment the pineapple flavors. You can also grill or broil pineapple before putting it on your pizza to bring out even more flavors. Try experimenting with different ingredients on your pineapple pizza to see what works best and tastes best for your personal taste buds.
Since pineapple has a lot of acidities, it’s best to stay away from other toppings that also have a lot of acidities because this could overwhelm your palate. Stay away from acidic toppings such as tomatoes, pickles, sauerkraut, and acidic meats.
In conclusion, pineapple can certainly work on pizza as long as you know what to pair it with and how to prepare it well. Want to experiment with different toppings and pineapple on your pizza? At NEO Pizza we offer a build your own pizza option! Let us know exactly what you want to try and how you want the pizza prepared and we’ll be happy to put it together for you! Visit one of our locations today to try it out or order online. Feel free to always contact us with any questions you may have!