Growing up, garbage pizza was my family’s go-to pizza order. But let me explain, because no, we weren’t putting any sort of actual garbage on a pizza. Garbage pizza was simply the nickname that we had for our typical pizza order – sausage, peppers, mushrooms and onions. So why did we call it garbage pizza? Well, I actually haven’t the slightest. But if I had to guess, I think that it was the idea that we were getting a pizza with a lot of toppings on it. Kind of like a “kitchen sink” pizza. . .except for some reason, we called it garbage pizza.
Flash forward to the present, and here Ryan and I are, carrying on the tradition of garbage pizza. Well, garbage pizza with a twist. Nowadays we’ve really put our own little spin on it. No longer does garbage pizza limit itself to sausage, peppers, mushrooms and onions. For us, garbage pizza is simply a pizza that is topped with anything leftover in the fridge.
It’s actually pretty amazing how well pizza lends itself to being the perfect little vessel for using up leftovers. And actually, we have found some of our most favorite topping combinations this way. Sometimes we use sausage, and sometimes we don’t put on any meat. Some days it’s all vegetables, and other days there is quite literally a melange of every food group. And then there are also days where we’ve used feta or goat cheese instead of mozzarella. But no matter the toppings, it is always garbage pizza, and it is always delicious.
So if you are here looking for a recipe, well I’m sorry, because there isn’t one. But if you are bringing home good quality ingredients, and letting your imagination and culinary creativity guide you, then you will find yourself with nothing less than the very best garbage pizza.