If you're looking for some new pizza recipes to try, then we've got them here. These summer pizza recipes are all delicious, and many of them put a new spin on the old classic.
My family and I love pizza, and we love it in any form. From chain pizzas like Pizza Hut or Little Caesar's (don't judge us) to traditional homemade varieties and even recipes that are pizza adjacent, we love that classic comfort food.
Over the years, I've made all kinds of pizzas and pizza variations. I've served them all throughout the year, but I find that I tend to make certain ones in the summer months.
I have so many tasty recipes, I decided to put them together in a collection of summer pizza recipes for you to try.
The History of Pizza
Long before the first official pizza was made, people had been making flatbreads with adding toppings. Over the years, those recipes evolved, bringing us what many food historians to be the precursor of pizza - focaccia.
That makes a lot of sense, as focaccia is a bread topped with tomato and cheese. Sounds a lot like pizza, doesn't it?
The first pizzas were made in Naples, Italy, and were used as fast, affordable, tasty meals for on-the-go, working-class Neapolitans.
What's interesting is that while you can find pizza joints on every corner these days, pizza didn't gain mass appeal until the 1940s when Italian immigrants brought the dish to the United States.
What makes a pizza?
Traditional pizzas featured crusts topped with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, but these days, you can find them in variations from rustic, authentic varieties to barbecue, pineapple and ham, and everything in between.
What all pizzas have in common, however, is their basic elements. All pizzas are comprised of a crust, sauce, and toppings.
How Pizza Has Changed Over the Years
The popularity of traditional pizza exploded in the 1940s when it was brought to the States by Italian Immigrants. However, as with all cultures, North Americans began putting their own spin on this dish over the years.
Throughout the years, the traditional thick crust has been adapted into thin crust, rising crust, and with the advent of keto and low carb eating, even crust made with cauliflower.
Over the years since its introduction to North America, pizza toppings have changed, as well. You'll find pizzas loaded with various meats, several kinds of cheeses, barbecue sauce, pineapple, Buffalo chicken flavors, and much more.
People even make pizza breads and dips. Basically, pizza has become more of a flavor profile and/or shape than a singular dish.
Why Serve Summer Pizza Recipes
Pizza is the classic party food, and summer is the classic party season. It's a match made in heaven!
You probably remember pizza parties in school as a child. You've probably had pizza on more than one occasion while watching the game on TV or even as a fun dinner.
Summertime is great for pizza because everyone loves this cheesy food, especially at parties and gatherings.
Why You'll Love These Recipes
- They range from classic pizza to tortilla and bagel varieties and even pizza burgers.
- They're easy to make and loaded with all the flavors we love in pizza.
- They make a great dinner, food for a party, or a fun addition to family game or movie nights.
Delicious Sumer Pizza Recipes
From pizza rolls to zucchini pizza boats and everything in between, this list of summer pizza recipes is loaded with flavor and variety. If you love pizza, you're going to find something here that makes your tastebuds happy.
Try These Summer Pizza Recipes
From bruschetta pizzas to pizza burgers and so much more, you're going to find something you love on this list of summer pizza recipes. No matter what you're looking for, you and your family are going to be happy with these!