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Think outside the pizza box with these unique pies

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

You won't believe what's on these pizzas

Tired of the same old pepperoni pies you keep ordering or making? We have the cure for what ails you. Check out these 16 mouthwatering pizzas with creative, tasty toppings that will have you rethinking what's in the box.
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Baked potato pizza recipe

Baked potato pizza

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What's more comforting than a warm, just-out-of-the-oven baked potato, ideally oozing with cheese? We're willing to bet the pizza version, complete with bacon and crème fraîche, is even better than the real thing.

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Mexican black bean pizza recipe

Mexican black bean pizza

Photo credit: Local Kitchen

In the mood for Mexican? Why not trade tacos for a pizza featuring some classic Mexican-inspired ingredients like black beans, salsa, cumin, cilantro and cheese?

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Caramelized fennel and bacon pizza recipe

Caramelized fennel and bacon pizza

Photo credit: Local Kitchen

We love the mild sweetness fennel takes on once it's been caramelized, and that in combination with bacon, three cheeses and red onion makes for a sophisticated and delicious pizza.

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Blackberry, basil and ricotta pizza recipe

Blackberry, basil and ricotta pizza

Photo credit: The Stay at Home Chef

Fruit on a pizza might sound odd, but more often than not, it works. Here, tangy blackberries are offset by creamy ricotta, and the whole thing is given a big flavor boost from basil.

5

Brown butter lobster and spinach
pizza with bacon and fontina recipe

Brown butter lobster and spinach pizza with bacon and fontina

Photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

As if brown butter lobster wasn't decadent enough... Add in some spinach, bacon and fontina cheese, and you have yourself a creative and oh-so-elegant pie worth devouring.

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Moroccan roasted garlic pesto and cashew pizza recipe

Moroccan roasted garlic pesto and cashew pizza

Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest

Take a trip to Morocco and go bold where your pizza toppings are concerned with this unique pie featuring a flavor-packed pesto made from roasted garlic, parsley, cilantro and mint, and toppings that invoke the taste of Morocco.

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Chipotle Cajun shrimp and guacamole pizza recipe

Chipotle Cajun shrimp and guacamole pizza

Photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

Guacamole might usually be reserved for dipping purposes or as a topping for nachos, but here it's used as a base for a tasty pizza featuring Cajun shrimp.

8

Duck confit pizza with
mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts recipe

Duck confit pizza with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts

Photo credit: Bacon Egg and Cheese(cake)

If you're looking for a showstopping pizza to prepare for your next gathering, look no further than this indulgent pie featuring not only duck confit but mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts too.

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Gorgonzola, walnut, truffle honey and radicchio pizza recipe

Gorgonzola, walnut, truffle honey and radicchio pizza

Photo credit: Flying Fourchette

We were immediately intrigued by this lovely-looking pizza boasting a flavorful combination of toppings. Gorgonzola and walnuts are a classic pairing, and here they get even more of a boost from truffle honey and radicchio.

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Grilled jerk chicken and pineapple pizza recipe

Grilled jerk chicken and pineapple pizza

Photo credit: Droolworthy

Pretend you've been whisked away to the tropics with the help of this sun-and-sand-inspired pizza topped with spicy jerk chicken and tangy-sweet pineapple.

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Pear and honey goat cheese pizza recipe

Pear and honey goat cheese pizza

Photo credit: Droolworthy

Sometimes the simplest of toppings work the best. Case in point: this elegant pie topped with pears, honey and goat cheese.

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Homemade BBQ chicken pizza recipe

Homemade BBQ chicken pizza

Photo credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction

If you're a fan of barbecued chicken, then you'll love this pizza featuring all the flavors of everyone's good old-fashioned favorite.

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Kale and egg breakfast pizza recipe

Kale and egg breakfast pizza

Photo credit: The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Whether you indulge in this delicious pizza for breakfast or any other time, you won't be disappointed with the melding of cooked kale, tomatoes, mozzarella and a runny egg.

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Plantain pizza crust recipe

Plantain pizza crust

Photo credit: Healthy Nibbles & Bits

While we've mostly been focusing on what's on the pizza, unique crusts are equally intriguing. Take this one made from plantains, which happen to be gluten free. In this case, mini pizza crusts were created from the plantains and feature a variety of toppings.

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Strawberry, basil and feta cheese pizza recipe

Strawberry, basil and feta cheese pizza

Photo credit: Garlic Girl

Once strawberry season rolls around (or whenever you spy a nice-looking batch), use them to make this pretty pizza featuring ripe berries, feta and basil — a sweet and savory combination worth trying.

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Caramelized butternut, crispy kale and fontina pizza recipe

Caramelized butternut, crispy kale and fontina pizza

Photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

Get a healthy dose of vegetables when you make this colorful pizza topped with caramelized butternut squash, crispy kale and pomegranate salsa for an added punch of flavor.

More pizza ideas

Gluten-free zucchini pizza crust
Everything you love about Philly cheesesteak on a pizza
Surf and turf pizza

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