Trust me, I'll take a big slice of pizza topped with gooey mozzarella any day of the week and twice on Tuesday. I love it so much that it's easy to make pizzas with nothing but
mozzarella. Sometimes I need a reminder that there are other cheeses out there. Here are five of my favorites.
The nutty and tangy flavor of this cheese is especially great with vegetable pizzas. Look for the fresher version, rather than the harder dry-aged version.
My top choice for pizzas with pulled pork or shredded BBQ chicken. I love both straight and smoked gouda.
This is a fun one to try with a whole range of toppings, from thin slices of potato to diced ham. It has a fairly assertive savory flavor and melts like a dream
Mild-flavored with a silky texture when melted, I think this cheese goes well with more strongly flavored toppings like spinach or peppery charcuterie.
4. Goat Cheese:
This doesn't melt like other cheeses, but drop spoonfuls over a pizza and you'll get a tasty little burst of cheese every few bites. Yum.
And if you don't feel like you can pull yourself away from mozzarella, try its creamy, ultra-rich cousin burrata
. This is like a pocket of mozzarella filled with thick ricotta-like cream. On a pizza, this makes for a spectacular contrast of textures.
What are your favorite cheeses for pizza?
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