Chalk this recipe up as an occasional indulgence. It's topped with a totally mouth-watering combo of thin-sliced potatoes, bacon, sausage and a delectable garlic-rosemary butter. The recipe, which comes from Hidemi Walsh of Plainfield, Indiana, received an honorable mention in our 2012 Best of the Midwest Recipe Contest.
Start with a premade pizza crust, then add cream cheese, sliced pear, chopped pecans, feta cheese, and bacon for a sweet-tart blend of flavors. Sprinkle with fresh basil and pass with honey for drizzling, if you like.
A hot cast-iron skillet mimics a pizza stone to create a crisp, evenly browned crust. We loaded our pizza with oozy red sauce and stretchy cheese. Fork and knife highly recommended.
Barbecue-sauced pizza tops the favorites list at many pizzerias. Here's our quick and easy version, which uses boneless chicken breasts, purchased barbecue sauce, smoked cheese and bottled banana pepper rings.
Sun-ripened heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and summer squash top Garden Delight pizza from Suncrest Gardens Farm in Cochrane, Wisconsin. Try on Whole Wheat Pizza Dough or the crust of your choice.
Chinese and Southeast Asian flavors infuse this seafood pizza. Cook shrimp and fresh pea pods with five-spice powder, peanut oil, orange juice and hoisin sauce for a delightfully different pizza topping.
Marinated chicken, sweet onion, mushrooms, snap peas and feta top an oiled crust in this recipe from the Stone Barn in Nelson, Wisconsin. "The flavors, accented by feta and balsamic vinegar, blend for a creamy, tangy taste," says Stone Barn owner Pam Taylor. "The vegetables add a crisp, element."
We used frozen puff pastry for this sweet pizza. The dessert has a flaky, buttery crust topped with apples and cinnamon. Try serving it warm with caramel sauce and ice cream.
This salad-in-a-pizza starts with purchased puff pastry for the crust, and finishes with meat, veggies, cheese and sorrel greens or spinach. Throw it all in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese and wilt the greens.
A mixture of Parmesan and ricotta cheeses bakes on a store-bought crust, then gets topped with corn, chicken, sweet pepper, lemon peel, goat cheese and herbs in this creative recipe.
Kansas' Italian heritage inspired us to create Hot-Off-The-Grill Pizza. The state's impressive wheat production shows up in the tasty crust, a garlic-basil flatbread. Top it with roasted peppers, sliced meat, cheese and basil. To save time, substitute 3 cups of shredded pizza cheese for the mix of provolone, mozzarella and Asiago; you can also use purchased pizza dough if you like.
Top pita bread rounds with Southwest-flavored chicken strips, blue cheese dressing, celery and bottled hot pepper sauce for a dinner that's ready in just 20 minutes. The flavor will remind you of your favorite wings!
This pizza is packed full of vegetables: zucchini or yellow summer squash, sweet peppers, fresh mushrooms, green onions and more. If you have kids, have them help pile this with their favorite vegetables.
Fresh Veggie Pizza 
This Asian-inspired pizza is topped with goat cheese, chopped red potatoes, onion, zucchini, chile peppers and garlic. Even more flavor comes from a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, mint, ginger and an Asian spice mix.
This egg dish is served like pizza but has no crust. It's a great way to use a bountiful harvest of zucchini, since the recipe calls for more than 5 cups of the veggie shredded and sliced. Serve the colorful, cheesy entree with a salad, fruit and bread.
Zippy Zucchini Pizza 
Heather Secrist uses kale in her pesto for this tomatoey creation. "Pesto can be frozen in ice cube trays for use throughout the year," says Heather, owner of Suncrest Gardens Farm in Cochrane, Wisconsin. "Once frozen, place the cubes in a freezer bag to pull out as you need them."
This recipe comes from cookbook authors Judith Fertig and Karen Adler of Kansas City. Judith and Karen are self-proclaimed Barbecue Queens--they've won numerous barbecue contests and written 20 cookbooks. This recipe uses Chicago Deep-Dish Style Pizza Dough topped with an assortment of fresh ingredients.
No-cook toppers make this pizza go together quickly for a fast meal from the grill. Serve with a tossed salad.
The base of the pizza has to hold up when placed on a grill rack. Our yeast-dough crust recipe passed the test, but if you're pressed for time, you can use thawed frozen bread dough or Italian bread shell crusts.
Homemade Pizza Crust 
Lox-style smoked salmon, capers, sweet onion and dill top a cream-cheese base. Bagels and lox inspired Pam Taylor to create this pizza. "Leftovers are good served cold for breakfast," says Pam, owner of the Stone Barn in Nelson, Wisconsin.
Start this veggie pizza with refrigerated dough, then spread on blended black beans, spices, salsa and garlic. Top with cheese, chopped red sweet pepper and sliced green onion.
Mexican Black Bean Pizza