Should You Pre-Cook Your Pizza Toppings?
When it comes to topping your pizza, there's usually a question of "should I cook this first?". Well believe it or not, there's a rather easy answer to this question and it comes down to this one general rule:
You shouldn't put anything raw on your pizza that you wouldn't eat raw
This means if you put anything raw on your pizza, you should be ok with eating it raw. If you're not ok with that, make sure it's cooked first.
And yes, that means any type of meat that goes on your pizza needs to be cooked first. Veggies aren't as big of a deal, but the same rule still applies. Sometimes it just comes down to a texture thing. For example, putting on raw peppers adds a nice crunch, but cut them too thick and they become a little overwhelming. That's where pre-cooking them could help.
Does this mean you need to cook everything before you even cook your pizza? F**k no, ain't nobody got time for that.
It means that a fridge full of leftovers is the perfect time to make pizza! A mishmash of leftovers make for crazy pizza combos; some you may have never even tried otherwise but man are you glad you did! And if you do find yourself craving pizza without any leftovers (guilty), you can get away with cutting veggies super thin - like, super thin. Don't try this with meat though! Seriously, that shit is poison.
Bonus Tip: When topping your pizza with any sort of green (i.e. basil, rocket/arugula, spinach), these need to go on after your pizza is cooked. Why? Because otherwise they get overcooked and will crunch up and dry out - not good. If you add them after the pizza is cooked though the heat from the pizza will be enough to wilt them, which is exactly what you want.
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