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We love pizza; so do you. And while we have all due respect for traditional pizza styles, we like to experiment too. So we’ve grilled pizza, made skillet pizza, explored dessert pizza, and tried all kinds of pizza toppings—including some creative pizza combos discussed in the Chowhound community over the years.

Below, some other unusual toppings we tried on tips from community members.

Some of them will raise eyebrows, but all are surprisingly delicious. And none involve pineapple, in case you were wondering.

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Make your own homemade pizza dough for these, or pick up a ball or two of pre-made dough from the store when you want to experiment immediately.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza recipe

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This was born of a desire to make Thanksgiving leftovers more exciting. Gravy takes the place of pizza sauce and the crust is scattered with shredded turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and cheese. There are really no rules, though; think of the pizza dough as your blank canvas and paint it with whatever leftovers you like best.

Related Reading: The Best Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

The same idea of crust as canvas holds true in general, as proven by these creative pizzas we cooked up on recommendations from Chowhounds:

Hangover Brunch Pizza

Hangover Brunch Pizza
“Scrambled eggs, sausage crumbles, tater tots, and roasted red peppers…lose the tomato sauce and go with white country gravy.” —seamunky

Pizza Puttanesca

Pizza Puttanesca
Puttanesca sauce, pepperoni, anchovies, capers, green olives, chile flakes, raw red onion.” —rekha

Related Reading: Which Is Better, Pizza Steel or Pizza Stones?

Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza
“Building from the bottom up…salsa, cheese, taco seasoned burger [meat] browned nicely, then after removing from the oven…slather [with] a bunch of sour cream and [pile] shredded lettuce on it.” —gtogirl

Sardine Pizza

Sardine Pizza
“Sardines, red onions, black olives.” —NovoCuisine

Related Reading: The Best Canned Sardine Hacks

“Pyrogy” Pizza

Pyrogy Pizza
“Potato, bacon, garlic, and sour cream, but I live in Japan where they have wild and wonderful toppings. Squid and black olive with shiso isn’t bad at all.” —repartee

Nutty Pizza

Nutty Pizza
“Sausage, pepperoni, onions, and cashews.” —Jabber95125

Butternut Squash Pizza

Butternut Squash Pizza
“Garlic [and] olive oil topped with gruyère, caramelized onions, baked butternut squash slices; five minutes before done, add fried (in butter) sage strips and parmesan breadcrumbs and return to oven to brown.” —Emme

Prawn Pizza

Prawn Pizza
“Homemade pesto covered with butterflied prawns, mushrooms, [and] fresh parmesan.” —rcallner

Reuben Pizza

Reuben Pizza
“Thousand Island dressing for sauce, a little sauerkraut, corned beef or pastrami, and topped with Swiss cheese!” —scuzzo

Latin Soul Pizza

Latin Soul Pizza
“Garlic, olive oil, lime, avocado, and fried green tomatoes (no red sauce).” —GDSinPA

Sweet Crêpe Pizza

Sweet Crêpe Pizza
“Nutella and hazelnut pizza!” —AdamD

Add sliced strawberries (in season) or caramelized banana to really gild the lily. (And see how to make other store-bought pizza dough desserts.)

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