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  • Cheese other than mozzarella

    Just curious as to what other cheeses people use on their pizzas besides mozzarella. We found that Provolone Picante worked rather well. It has a nice, strong flavor and melts well in the WFO. My cheese monger recommended it as his cheese of choice for pizzas. And it would be great in sandwiches, too. And of course, Feta goes well with kalamata olives as a topping.

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    Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

    Hi Papavino!

    Smoked mutz (mozzarella), and smoked provolone are especially good for INDOOR pizzas which have no smoke quality. In a WFO they provide can be a nice change as well.

    Blue cheese - in quattro formaggio, with walnuts and lots of other things such as blue cheese, walnuts, and caramelized onions or BC, walnuts, fresh figs, and bacon, etc. etc. (I usually use Danish blue for pizza, great blues are too soft IMO)

    Swiss and especially gruyere with little piles of prosciutto or serrano ham, and a few good chopped olives. Also really good with asparagus and chopped egg.

    Goat cheese with ???? almost anything. Including cardboard

    Mascarpone with ???? fruit, in quattro formaggio, even in a modified Margharita.

    That's enough for now, this is making me hungry!

    Jay

    (Okay, I admit it, the cardboard was a test to see how gullible you are!)

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    • #3
      Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

      Glad I just ate a big steak so this won't make me hungry. Here goes.........

      fresh mozzarella
      smoked mozzarella and smoked provolone

      my 2 "specialty" pizzas

      From scratch (parmasan & romano based) Alfredo seafood pizza. Usually go with bay scallops and 41/50 gulf shrimp. I think it is pretty good, EVERYONE I have serve it to has thought it to be incredible, always asking for another (whole pizza, not a slice)

      balsamic caramelized onions and sweet peppers, topped with prosciutto (don't be shy, put plenty on - just like a kids pepperoni pizza) and goat cheese. (I typically eat half of the goat cheese while building the pizza, love the stuff). 3 very bold flavors with the balsamic, prosciutto, and goat cheese; but somehow they tone each other down and nothing seems overpowering. I REALLY like this one.

      RT

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      • #4
        Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

        Asiago and mozz...
        monterey jack with jalapeno and hot sausage
        mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
        Great pizza, a cold beer,a great cigar and great friends...my idea of a great time

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        • #5
          Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

          Okay, I know this sounds a little off, But one of my favorite pizza's is Blue cheese and hot dogs,, Yea,,,, But I like it and thats all that counts right ??

          Cheers
          Mark

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          • #6
            Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

            PizzaPOLICE ON DUTY!.. Hot dogs? Go stand in the corner with those pineapple people...


            Honestly... you're not far off, if what I read around these parts is true. Back in the old pushcart days of Napoli, the operators catered to the great unwashed. Poor folk could ill afford premium foodstuffs and sought out the street ovens. The hot, flat bread topped with whatever spiced offal offered was truly a peasant's supper.
            So yeah... (stomach churning) ... you're still in bounds.

            Just don't put ketchup on it.

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            • #7
              Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

              Fontenella Cheese ,

              Man I had this the first time a few months ago while we were doing pizza's on my Brother In Law's Big Green egg (We had a pizza stone and flipped the crust after 3 minutes then loaded the pizza and cooked for 3 more minutes.).

              We were hittin 600 plus and the pies were great...any hooo back to the cheese. That pizza was Fontinella, Prosciutto, carmelized onions, and EVO.

              It is dry like a Parmesan but melts awesome..... I think I have a chunk in the fridge callin me now... BRB
              Columbiana, Alabama WFO Build.

              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f3/o...bama-7837.html

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              • #8
                Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                Guilty of using hot dogs. In my youth I think I tried everthing mom had in the fridge. I do remember hot dogs with American cheese. The hot dogs are actually pretty good (maybe a lot of sauce helped); the American cheese is a definite NO NO - turns black (almost ash) by the time the pizza is done (electric oven at around 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes - we did medium thickness crust with a lot of toppings). I vividly remember pulling the blackened gobs off with a fork, sprinkling on that dry nasty parmasan in a can. it actully made it pretty good, at least good to try it again the next week

                guys, I would like to see a few more ideas on th blue chees. Details Please

                RT

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                • #9
                  Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                  PizzaPOLICE ON DUTY!.. Hot dogs? Go stand in the corner with those pineapple people...
                  The funnny part is I would never put pineapple on,, Have tried it and didnt like it...
                  I would like to see a few more ideas on th blue chees. Details Please
                  I just put my blue cheese on in place of the mozzarella,, Yes sauce too.... I have a friend who says to put the blue cheese on right after it comes out of the oven,, I just bake it regular.... I will give his method a shot next time..
                  Cheers;

                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                    One of our favourites is feta, pumpkin( pre part microwaved) and red onion.
                    Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                      Oh, and with garlic and EVOO
                      Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                        We had a pizza with bechamel sauce and goat cheese last night that was pretty tasty.

                        * Edit: With butternut squash and fresh sage...
                        Last edited by papavino; 10-08-2009, 10:05 AM. Reason: Updating recipe

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                        • #13
                          Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                          Originally posted by PizzaPolice View Post
                          PizzaPOLICE ON DUTY!.. Hot dogs? Go stand in the corner with those pineapple people...

                          /
                          too funny! I just spewed coffee all over my laptop. but I will take Mark's word for it that it's tasty.

                          I have an old Todd English recipe that I've loved for years. Fig jam (made with chopped dried figs, shallot, balsamic, rosemary, red wine, chx. stock and sugar, reduced. Easy enough, but you can probably use jarred fig spread, too) chopped fresh rosemary, evoo, garlic, proscuitto and GORGONZOLA. Too yummy.

                          I second the goat cheese on anything including cardboard. That tartness is just such a good foil for salty or sweet or rich ingredients.

                          I have a package of Trader Joes goat's milk mozzarella in my fridge now that I'm anxious to try.

                          And slightly off topic, does anyone have any tips for buying smoked mozz? the one time I tried it the stuff I got was beyond disgusting and made my whole dish inedible, but people seem to like it so much that I have to think it was the brand I used...?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                            Originally posted by papavino View Post
                            We had a pizza with bechamel sauce and goat cheese last night that was pretty tasty.

                            * Edit: With butternut squash and fresh sage...
                            mmmmmm!
                            I was thinking of squash/goat cheese just the other day, but I couldn't decide on how I should prep the squash. Diced or sliced and roasted first? What did you do?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Cheese other than mozzarella

                              I would vote for cubed and roasted for the squash. Probably smaller cubes so they could go straight on the pizza.

                              RE: smoked mozz. You are definitely right Splatgirl! It can be pretty disgusting. (Smoked provolone seems mcuh more palatable to me!) A key is don't use much! It needs to be sparse. That way its grossness is minimized.

                              One more thought on cheese. I am not aware of any REAL cheese that is not pizza-friendly (except for Limburger which might result in evacuating the county you live in as the result of a perceived terrorist attack!)

                              Jay

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