Here in the good ‘ol United States of America, we’re pretty straightforward when it comes to what we put on our pizza. Pepperoni is always a classic choice, of course, while other popular variations include sausage, mushrooms, peppers, and onions. Some folks may get fancier and add pineapple and Canadian bacon. But elsewhere in the world, things tend to get a bit…weird. At least to our Midwestern sensibilities they do. Let’s take a peek at the craziest pizza toppings in the world, and we dare you to try these on your next cheese pizza!
1. Sweden = Banana + Curry
The seemingly strange mixture of savory curry and sweet bananas is a favorite topping combo in Sweden. They typically add smoked ham or cheese to it for extra robust flavor. Other classic Swedish toppings include peanuts and chicken.
2. Australia = Kangaroo + BBQ
It sounds like a joke, but believe it or not favorite Aussie toppings include kangaroo, emu and crocodile with a hefty serving of BBQ sauce. You have yourself one unusual Aussie pie.
3. Germany = Canned Tuna Fish
Nope, not fresh tuna fish— the canned variety. Tuna fish pizza, or thunfisch pizza, is one of the most popular types of pizza in Deutschland and is traditionally paired with onions and peppers.
4. Russia = All the Fish
Of course the Russians take up the fish factor a notch by topping their pies with almost any kind of fish you can imagine: sardines, tuna, mackerel, red herring, salmon, you name it. Plus, they eat their pizza cold and with onions. Yum?
5. France = Sunny Side-Up Eggs
Whether baked directly on top or fried separately, the French have a love affair with sunny-side up eggs on their pizza. Ok, fried eggs on pizza isn’t crazy per se, but perhaps the simplicity of such an ingredient is what make it so interesting!
6. India = Mutton
Mutton (goat) is a popular ingredient in traditional Indian cooking, so it’s no surprise that it would show up as the country’s most popular pizza topping. With pickled ginger, paneer (cheese) and various traditional Indian sauces like tikka, we’d imagine this pizza is bursting with flavor!
7. Brazil = Green Peas + Broccoli
Brazilians must love their vegetables, because they definitely love putting them on their pizza. Green peas and broccoli are among some popular Brazilian veggie toppings. As if that weren’t interesting enough, they also add quail eggs, carrots, beets and raisins for a truly unique flavor combination.
The beauty of pizza is that you can add almost kind of topping to it and it will be delicious! Just like St. Louis-style pizza and other traditional St. Louis food reflect something unique about our fair city, we love that a country’s culture can manifest itself on pizza. So, if you’re interested in taking an international, multi-cultural journey of flavor, try out one of the pizzas above! Have you tried any of these unique toppings before? If so, let us know in the comments below what you thought about it!