My World-Wide Trip around Pizza

All you need is imagination and creativity!

This is not about original recipes (if you read my other food-related articles you know I really don't have a recipe, but rely on experience and my own taste), this is about what my family and I like to eat! And how I remember some of my experiences with foreign cooking.

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Germany

I like to experiment; and yes, not everything turns out great. But, I am not that easily discouraged... I hope!

So when I thought about how a pizza would look like that reminds me of Germany, one item was right there on the top of the list: Bratwurst!

Three ideas came to mind and I have tried them in similar ways:

I always loved spinach pizza and we Germans have something that is almost as good: Green Kale!
So one of my plans for a pizza is a green kale pizza that has all the goodies in it that a normal green kale meal would have: green kale, smoked sausage, pork steaks and bacon! Usually it all comes with potatoes, but I don't think that would work!

Another idea was build on Bratwurst, my favorite German food! And I so miss the fresh vegetables from Germany. So I would probably add some home grown bell peppers, onions and cherry tomatoes! In addition it has to have some of these awesome cheeses you can only find in Europe! And I am not talking about yellow American cheese!!!

A desert idea has some of the great fruit on it that you can find in Germany. Pears are actually Hawaiian, but I love their taste. In addition there should be what we call 'Johannisbeere', translated 'currants'. There should be also plumbs, cherries and gooseberries! And of course a few types of apples!
BUT, most importantly, the 'sauce' would be what Germans do best: Chocolate!

I love how a certain pizza place has this cinnamon role type pizza. Soooo good!

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Finland

There are two awesome things that come to my mind: Mushrooms and Berries!

Finland has this seemingly never-ending supply of mushrooms that makes your mouth water. A pizza representing this country would be a mushroom lover's special!

I would probably, if I had access to their wide variety of eatable mushrooms, make this a all mushroom, some Finish sausage (like the one I remember so fondly) and some Finish cheese pizza!

As a desert there are tons and tons of wild blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and blackberries to find all over Finland's forests! Perfect for any kind of desert!

And never forget a good glass of Finish milk fresh from the cow!

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Hungary

Ungarn, as we Germans call it, has this dish I love more than anything: Gulasch!

There is no doubt in my mind that any pizza reminding me of the marshes and the wild horses would have to have beef seasoned with Hungarian goulash seasoning and lots of peppers on it! The sauce would have to be more of a goulash/grave style to it!

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India

This was a little more complicated, since my greatest memory of Indian food is the wide variety of spices that just blow your mind. The most common is probably curry!

When I looked up Indian vegetables, I found a website that has a few great looking recipes on it. One dish uses beans, peas, carrots, coleslaw, dried red chili and fresh garlic.

Combine that with a curry-style sauce or some other great Indian spices and that would give it a Indian flair and a hell of a kick!

As meat they use fish, chicken or other poultry and/or pork. Rats and Squirrels were also listed, but I just can't think of them as something I want to eat!

This is a great country for vegetarians, since a lot of Indians seem to be vegetarians and have perfectionated the art of preparing vegetables. I watched Andrew Zimmer in India once and the sheer amount of dishes was amazing! Do have to say that some of the Indian food I have tried before was even for me a bit too spicy!

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China

The sauce would be a bit more difficult, since you want to match the vegetables with the sauce. But there are a number of great Chinese dipping sauces and such available at any larger store.

I know the wonders that Chinese cooks can create with beef, pork, poultry and seafood and the meat options are plenty; matching any taste.

For the vegetables... I am a big fan of bamboo, any kind of sprouts and and Bok Choy. But they also use Chinese broccoli, celery, squash, egg plant, radish and a variety of mushrooms. In addition I love the taste of the Garlic Chives, which combines the flavor of two of my favorite things to put on a sandwich or add as a garnish/seasoning.

Good stuff begging for some experiments!

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Turkey

I love Turkish food!

I once had Turkish ravioli and it was just an amazingly tasteful dish! And the Turkish I grew up with were extremely welcoming; especially to children!

One of my favorite foods is Doner Kebab! Can't do without it! The Turkish have this talent when it comes to cooking lamb that is just amazing!

So what to put on a Turkish pizza? Lamb!!!

But there is so much more to Turkish cooking.

"Key ingredients
Frequently used ingredients in Turkish specialties include: lamb, beef, chicken, fish, eggplants, green peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans, and tomatoes. Nuts, especially pistachios, chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts, together with spices, have a special place in Turkish cuisine. Preferred spices and herbs include parsley, cumin, black pepper, paprika, mint, oregano, pul biber (red pepper), allspcie and thyme."

Wikipedia contributors. "Turkish cuisine." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 Dec. 2011. Web. 25 Dec. 2011.

This makes for some killer options to create a pizza that will remind you of Turkish Cuisine!

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Greece

Everybody loves the Greek Salad and it has been said that fresh vegetables from Greece just taste so much better than elsewhere.

With today's consumer wishes most of these vegetables will sound familiar to you. The Greek use a lot of tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, olives and wild greens similar to ours. That already makes for a great variety of options.

Add their sensational ability to prepare seafood and lamb and you definitely add a kick to your pizza-eating experience.

Top this off with the unbeatable Feta cheese and the perfect pizza is created! I do have to say that I never baked Feta cheese, but always added it at the end. I just like it like it is!

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Ohh i love German and Greek and Turkish food.. thanks for the links to the recipes.

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Cat R 4 years ago from North Carolina, U.S. Author

I appreciate it. A lot of it is a collection of ideas, but I also found some interesting facts and more recipes.

Merry Christmas!


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mandymoreno81 4 years ago

Good ideas, for Greece I think you could make a Greek salad pizza with feta cheese as the base sauce. Turkey can have kebabs and the tomato sauce that typically comes with it. Goulash pizza sounds good too!


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

Very imaginative mind..for India, you should have spiced mince meat with curry leaves sprinkle generously on the pizza


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Cat R 4 years ago from North Carolina, U.S. Author

I have to try that. Also working on adding a few more countries to this.


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Rachel Richmond 4 years ago from California

How awesome - If I hadn't eaten already, I would be making up some pizza real quick. Great hub!


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

This is absolutely awesome...pizza is my favorite comfort food! Thanks for suggestions for so many more variations to this familiar food. I've bookmarked your hub so I can "munch" my way around the world, so to speak:)

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