I hadn’t intended to write a post about the wonderful world of Icelandic pizza, but the mention of cream cheese on a pizza seemed to be one of the main things people picked up on in a recent post. And who doesn’t love pizza?
The interesting thing about Icelandic pizzas is that in addition to the normal pizzas you would expect to find anywhere, you can also find some fun new toppings that you might not have thought would work on a pizza. Here are some of my favourites:
1. The “groovy” pizza at Shell in Egilsstaðir – featuring blue cheese, bananas, peanuts – many other great pizzas on their menu. Sadly, no photographic evidence as I ate this too quickly. They also do amazing ice cream, although I might be biased as it was about 15 degrees and sunny when we ate here.
2. The “Pollo Paradiso” at Gamla Smiðjan, Reykjavík – Chicken, mushrooms, peanuts, sundried tomatoes, jalapenos, cream cheese. Genius pizza, and a good place for people watching out the window.
3. The “Downtown 101” at Eld Smiðjan, Reykjavík – Chicken, cream cheese, jalapenos, paprika, corn, black pepper. A really good combination of ingredients.
Honourable mention – any pizza place will do some sort of cheese combination pizza that comes with jam on the side. Such a great idea – and actually you can have jam with any pizza at home too as I’ve discovered after careful experimentation.
Visiting Iceland has definitely inspired me when making my own pizzas at home to be more creative with combinations. Adding peanuts to any pizza will improve it and mixing up the cheeses is also interesting, although it does make you realise how much cheese is put on anything you buy in a restaurant! Langoustines are also an interesting topping and far meatier/tastier than the prawns you might find on pizzas here. I look forward to expanding my pizza repertoire on the next visit.
I’ll be very impressed if any of you try these ideas at home. What are your favourite foods that others consider “weird”?