This Pickle Pizza Is Creamy, Crunchy, and Straight-Up Dill-icious

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Pineapple on pizza is certainly controversial. But pickles on pizza? That’s just straight up dill-icious. It’s tangy, it’s cheesy, it’s crunchy, it’s creamy—and it deserves a spot in your weeknight dinner rotation.

That’s right: this pizza is easy. Whereas most white pizza sauces need to simmer on the stovetop, this one comes together quickly in a mixing bowl. It’s like a dill-spiked twist on homemade ranch dressing—in fact, you could substitute bottled ranch if you’re really in a pickle. 

After the sauce comes the first layer of pickles, followed by two types of shredded cheese. Using low-moisture mozzarella prevents the pizza from getting soggy, while a sprinkling of Parmesan adds a sharp, salty flavor. Top it all off with more pickles and dill, then send it to the oven while you prep pizza number two.

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

The Best Pickles for Pickle Pizza

In the name of ease, we opted for jarred dill pickle slices—you know, the kind you likely have on hand for burgers. Avoid thick-sliced pickles, which will weigh the pizza down, as well as sliced homemade refrigerator pickles, which don’t adhere to the cheese as well. Otherwise, simply choose a pickle you like the taste of, then pat the slices dry between two layers of paper towels. If you have an extra minute, sort through and pick out the thinnest slices before assembling.

The idea for pickles both under and on top of the cheese came from QC Pizza in Minnesota, whose Kinda Big Dill pizza inspired this one. Not only does doubling up mean double the pickle flavor, but it frees up the top of the pizza so more cheese is exposed to the heat. This alone makes for a more browner, bubblier, more attractive pie.

Prep Ahead for Pizza Night 

There are a few things you can do to make pizza night even easier. Stir together the sauce and pop it in the fridge, where it will last for up to 1 week. Grate the cheeses and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. And, if you’re making your own pizza dough, go ahead and get that rising. Just remember to let it sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before shaping. 

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

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