Pizza is something you can top with just about anything you can imagine. In other countries, the toppings would surprise the average American. In Japan, eel, squid and mayo Jaga, a mayonnaise/ potato/bacon mixture is most popular. Coconut is the favourite in Costa Rica and pizza lovers in Pakistan enjoy curry on there pizza. However, there are a few items that are much more commonly used to top America's pizza pies.
According to The Kitchen Project, the most common topping in the United States is the salami-style sausage pepperoni -- it is part of 36 per cent of all pizza orders nationwide. Approximately 114200951kg of pepperoni are eaten on top of pizza every year.
Mushrooms are another commonly used topping for a pizza. According to an article in the Oct. 4, 2010, edition of "The New York Post," mushrooms are the second most popular topping -- behind pepperoni -- among New York City pizza eaters. Mushrooms bounce between second and third ranked on national lists. White mushrooms are the most commonly used fresh mushrooms however other types to try are oyster mushrooms, portabella mushrooms and button mushrooms. Mushrooms from a can may be used and can be purchased whole or as stems and pieces.
If the first layer wasn't enough, extra cheese ranks up there as a common topping as well, according to The Kitchen Project. Mozzarella cheese is standard on most pizza and represents 30 per cent of all cheese production in the U.S., according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Provolone, ricotta, Romano and Parmesan cheeses are increasingly used as pizza topping -- and the National Restaurant Association notes five-cheese pizza as one of the more popular pizza combinations.
Italian sausage, green peppers and onions round out the most popular toppings in the U.S. as noted by The Kitchen Project and in New York, according to the "New York Post" article. FoodTec Industries, a pizza-industry supplier, lists ham. minced meat, chicken, bacon, pineapples and tomatoes as "widely used" toppings.