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8 Ways to Hack our Take-and-Bake Pizza

 
Friday, February 9, 2018 is National Pizza Day. First, take time for gratitude and reflection upon the simple delicious wonder that is pizza. And then chow down.
 

TAKE & BAKE PIZZA SALE

We’ve made that last part easy by putting our Large Take & Bake pizzas on sale for the special day — grab them for $9.99 each* on 2/9/18! After just 15 minutes in the oven, your home will be filled with wonderful pizza-y aromas and sounds of munching satisfaction.
 
And yet, there may be some of you who crave a little more. You may have even searched through your pantry and fridge looking for ingredients for creative combos, but now what? Fear not, pizza passionista, these eight delicious topping tips are no-fail. Read on.
 

BEFORE YOUR PIE GOES IN THE OVEN

Grass-fed Ground Beef and Corn Kernels
Cooked ground beef and juicy corn kernels take your pizza in a taco direction. A shake or two of chili powder adds a kick.
 
Kale and Black-eyed Peas 
Petite-chopped kale leaves and earthy, soft black-eyed peas (reputed to bring good luck!) add tasty complexity and visual interest. Gentle massage the kale with olive oil before topping the pizza and cooking. 
 
Summer Squash and Sweet Onion
Tender ribbons of summer squash bring a pleasant, lightly bitter note, balanced by thin strips of sweet onion.
 
Yukon Potato and Caramelized Onion
Dot the pie with medallions of steam-softened golden potato and savory strings of caramelized onion. Texture, flavor, unique, yes.
 

RIGHT AFTER YOUR PIE COMES OUT

If you love red pepper flakes, double down on spice and generously drizzle all over your pie. Or drench, your call.
 
A swirl of pesto is an old friend of pizza, but add pumpkin seeds and their love for each other grows even stronger.
 
A sprinkling of this fresh Italian herb condiment, updated with a rich saltiness from sun-dried tomato, brightens up gooey cheese.
 
As soon as your pizza comes out of the oven, cover it with lots of crunch and a little bite.
 
*Valid 2/9/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks.