Traditionalists may stick with pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, or onions. Foodies with refined tastes may opt for butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, prosciutto, or a drizzle of hot honey. Either way you slice it (pun very much intended), pizza is one of those foods that we never tire of—and fortunately, chefs and adventurous eaters alike are constantly experimenting with new innovative toppings to keep our taste buds interested. Some pizza topping trends are downright questionable (looking at you, kiwi) while others, like fried eggs and tater tots, are undeniably delicious. These days, the ingredient that everyone’s adding to their pizza is—drumroll, please—pickles!
Here’s why you should try this pickle pizza trend, and for even more clever eats, check out our list of 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make.
It all started when a video of a Minnesota-based pizzeria’s signature “Big Dill” pizza went viral on Facebook, garnering more than 16 million views. The pie in question was made with garlic dill sauce and topped with slices of smoked Canadian bacon and two layers of fresh pickles, plus a generous sprinkling of dill. Not everyone was a fan—in fact, Gordon Ramsay just couldn’t give this pie his seal of approval. However, it was so popular that many other pizzerias have since come up with their own copycat versions.
While you can certainly imitate this cult favorite pie at home, there are so many other creative ways to incorporate pickles into your pizza.
Still skeptical? You might be surprised to discover how the tangy, salty bite from the brine offers the perfect balance for rich meats and cheeses. Pickles pair especially well with toppings like ground beef, cured meats, ranch dressing, and high-fat low-sodium cheeses (like Swiss, fresh mozzarella, and gruyère).
If you’re looking for some homemade pizza recipes to give this trend a test run, we dug up some of the most unique creations from online food bloggers. The Starving Chef’s pizza, which combines pickles with crumbled bacon and jalapeno ranch, is packed with flavor. The ultimate copycat fusion recipe, which was adapted from TikTok, comes from Salty Side Dish: a Big Mac pizza that’s just as epic as it sounds. Other fun interpretations include a Cubano sandwich pizza, a sloppy joe pizza, and Nashville hot chicken pizza. Don’t eat dairy? No problem—you can still get in on the trend with a vegan garlic lover’s dill pickle pizza.
While this trend may be a little divisive, trust us—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
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