My husband and I pride ourselves on being healthy people. We eat a lot of salads, turn up our noses at most basic junk foods, and our masters at ordering things ‘on the side.’ But we most have one major guilty pleasure: fried pickles.
When McClure’s approached me to do a pickle pizza, I had my doubts. Pickles on pizza?? They must be crazy. But after a conversation and thinking about the ingredients in question, I couldn’t help but ask why aren’t pickles on pizza everywhere?
Think about the pickles flavor profile: salty, crunchy, sour. Banana peppers? Pepperoni? Kalamata olives? All of these ingredients have made the great pizza divide, but not the humble pickle. Until now….
This pizza is light, refreshing, and innovative. Oh, and it’s EASY. Like really easy. Like throw together while sipping a glass of wine and chatting with friends EASY. And it’s novel. How many people have served you a pickle pizza?
This pizza will be in regular rotation at our house this Fall. It’s easy, it’s light, and it reminds us so much of our beloved fried pickles minus the deep frying that we dare say that this pizza is healthy….
Okay, maybe not healthy, but it’s not not healthy.
And it’s delicious. The two keys to this pizza are a super thin crust AND quality pickles, like McClure’s which are super crunchy and packed with flavor.
You can find McClure’s pickles at Willy Street Co-Op and the crusts at Gino’s Italian deli. In a way, you can consider this pizza a love song to Madison and afternoons spent at musty town pubs cheering on your favorite team and eating deep fried pickles and other deep fried deliciousness. But this is easier, healthier, and homemade. In short, you can’t lose.