Slideshow: Five Great Toppings You Didn't Know You Needed to Try

Brussels Sprouts, No BS
Brussels Sprouts, No BS
Mathieu Palombino's brussels sprouts and pancetta pizza at Motorino is one of our favorite pizzas in New York. Given that it's a white pie (no sauce), it's a quicker-than-usual affair for doing at home.

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Chinese-Inspired Topping
Chinese-Inspired Topping
Pea shoots (or dou miao in Mandarin) need to be be sautéed before topping your pizza. Fortunately, it takes hardly any work or time. From a quick wash to prepped topping will take you about 5 minutes, if that. Make extra and you can serve them as a side as well. They're a great way to get your greens with your pies.

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No cheese? Sacrilege, right?
No cheese? Sacrilege, right?
While your initial reaction to a cheese-free pizza might be disdain or outright ridicule, it's actually pretty damn good—if you have the proper replacement. Rather than using an unnatural "cheese substitute," try some pureed cashews (don't worry, this won't taste like a nut butter pizza).

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Black Gaaahlic
Black Gaaahlic
If you don't have an Asian food store near you that sells black garlic, you can order black garlic online at mondofood.com. It can also be found in specialty ethnic food shops in NYC such as Kalustyan's.

Quick fact: black garlic has medicinal properties, and is very high in antioxidants. We knew pizza could be a cure-all!

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