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I
know how easy it is to get
stuck making the same
pizzas over and over again.
Maybe your customers love
all of the options on your
menu or maybe you're just
too tired to try to think up
new ones. Whatever the
reason, there is no harm
in keeping a consistent
menu. That being said, it is
always fun to add new items or change
up old ones. With a plethora of fresh
produce to pick from, summer is the
perfect time to try out new ideas. There
are many different ways to incorporate
summer pizzas, from doing daily or
weekly specials or simply picking a few
to run all summer long. You can choose
to go straight farm to pie or order a
few seasonal items from your main
distributor.
Everyone has ingredients that
they gravitate towards, and if you
look at my current menu you will
know right away that chilies are
one of my favorites. In this regard, I
am very lucky to live in Colorado where
hot peppers grow in abundance during
the summer. One of my favorite varietals
are Hatch Green Chiles. While they
are a signature crop of our neighboring
state, New Mexico, they also grow well
in my region. They range in levels of heat
from mild to super hot. There are many
different methods to cook them, but I
would argue the ideal way is when they
are flame roasted. For those unfamiliar
with a flame roaster, it's a big rotisserie
with a metal grate that rotates the chilies
over an open flame. The chilies roast
slowly, charring the skins, cooking the
flesh of the chilies and eliciting one of
the best smells of summer.
Once they've been roasted you simply
peel the skin off and give them a rough
chop. This method of cooking the
chilies gives them an upfront charred
sweetness with just the right amount
of tingling heat on your tongue. Unlike
jalapeƱos, which I think of as more of an
accompanying ingredient, Hatch green
chiles are the star of the pizza. I like
them on a white pie, paired with either
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a bold cheese or meat and finished with
fresh herbs. A few ideas for Hatch Green
Chile pies:
* Hatch green chiles, pancetta, cotija,
mozzarella, cilantro
* Hatch green chiles, Manchego,
mozzarella, basil
* Hatch green chiles, sausage, fresh
mozzarella, fresh oregano
* Hatch green chiles, rainbow chard,
fontina, cracked egg, thyme
* Hatch green chiles, summer corn,
mozzarella, goat cheese, roasted sweet
onion and garlic, finished with a heavy
hand of basil and shaved pecorino.
I know it's an obvious choice, but
tomatoes are also one of my top
summer ingredients to work with.
While you can get tomatoes year round,
I don't think that you should. They have a
pretty short growing season of about
90 days, in late summer. As with any
high-quality item, I always veer towards
simple being best. If you have a fantastic
product there is no need to weigh it
down with extra ingredients. Instead let
its natural flavors shine through. There
are endless combinations for using
tomatoes on pizza, but a few of my
favorites are:
* Sliced heirloom tomatoes, burrata,
oregano, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
* Diced Early Girl Tomatoes, fresh
buffalo mozzarella, basil, prosciutto or
speck
* Sliced mozzarella, tomatoes, anchovies,
roasted garlic, breadcrumbs, finished
with Sicilian oregano.
You don't have to stop with tomatoes
on pizza either. They are great as a side
dish or as a salad. The best tomato salad,
and possibly one of the best salads
I've had period, was at Tony's Pizza
Napoletana. Tony makes an Early Girl
tomato salad when they are at their peak.
It's a very simple dish with not many
other ingredients besides the tomatoes,
sea salt and good extra virgin olive oil.
But if you've ever had an Early Girl
tomato in its prime, you know that the
concentrated, juicy sweetness is hard to
rival. That and the Tony magic. Of course,
you can go the traditional route with a
Caprese salad or mix the tomatoes with
other summer produce like fresh corn
and basil, or add it to greens like arugula
or spinach.
Greens are a category in themselves
for pizza toppings. I know a lot of people
tend to shy away from them or think
that they need to cook them down before
putting them on their pizzas, but I would
whole heartily disagree. I pile them on
raw, top them with cheese, drizzle on
a little garlic oil and then bake off the
pizza. They cook down beautifully and
taste even better. Summer greens can act
as a base or as the main ingredient. They
are also fantastic used on other parts of
your menu. The obvious being salads, but
you can also make them into side dishes.
A few ideas to get you started are: braised
chard with garlic and pancetta, crispy
corn and dandelion greens fritters, and
fried kale chips.
If you're feeling adventurous you can
also make salad pizzas. Just like when
making the heartier greens into actual
salads, the trick to making them less
tough is that you have to be sure to
massage the dressing in. Yes, massage
your greens, it makes all the difference in
the world on taste and texture. You can
go from having a bitter, tough kale salad
to one of the best items on your menu.
Feel free to sub out your normal romaine
to make a baby kale Caesar or combine
summer berries, goat cheese, chives and
spinach for a fresh summer salad. Then
bake off a pizza crust topped with just
mozzarella or a few bolder cheeses like
gorgonzola, Asiago or Gruyere. Top it
with your beautiful summer salad, serve
with a crisp glass of Prosecco and you
have the perfect summer meal.
With an abundance of fresh produce
to choose from it's hard to just pick a few
favorite summer pizza ingredients. Stick
with some safe bets, like tomatoes or
corn, to start and then add in a few wild
cards.
AUDREY KELLY owns Audrey Jane's
Pizza Garage in Boulder, Colorado.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - June 2022

Commentary
Digital
Conversation
Mike's Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
On Deck
Knead to Know
Destinations
A Look at Loyalty
Third-party Conversion
Digital Marketing in 2022
Seasonal Salads
Seasonal Salads
Low Prep Wow Apps
Summer-Inspired Pizzas
The Outdoor Experience
Automation Nation
Exterior Maintenance
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - June 2022 - Ctip1
Pizza Today - June 2022 - Ctip2
Pizza Today - June 2022 - Cover1
Pizza Today - June 2022 - Cover2
Pizza Today - June 2022 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - 5
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Digital
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Mike's Monthly Tip
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Building Blocks
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - On Deck
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - A Look at Loyalty
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Third-party Conversion
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Digital Marketing in 2022
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Seasonal Salads
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Low Prep Wow Apps
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Summer-Inspired Pizzas
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - The Outdoor Experience
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Pizza Today - June 2022 - Automation Nation
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