Alternative Pizza


Alternative Pizza~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

Happy Tuesday! Are you all Hungry today?  I have a delicious and unique dinner for you.  Pizza that uses pie crust for the base.  Are you a fan of thin and crispy flatbreads? Then this Pizza is perfect for you.  Light and crisp and buttery goodness as the crust of one amazing and healthy pizza.

If you are looking for a pizza full of fat and greasy cheese and meat you won’t find it here.  This is Alternative Pizza.  Anyone that lives in Memphis, TN has been to the Memphis Pizza Cafe.  It is my second most favorite Pizza Joint in the Nation!!  The have a pizza named the Alternative Pizza.  Really it’s a Caprese Pizza but they call it Alternative.  My pizza has the same name but it takes Pizza to a whole new level!

Alternative Pizza~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

As you can see this pizza is overflowing with vegetables and spices!  Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms just to name a few.  I used fresh oregano and it is out of this world!  Matter of fact there is so much flavor bursting from this Pizza it was hard to keep it all contained in the crust.  Speaking of the crust have I mentioned how crisp and perfect it is?

Alternative Pizza~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

I have to admit I thought I was really pushing it using Pie Crust for a Pizza.  I have to say that it worked perfectly!!! See how flakey and golden brown it is?  Just be sure to use Pillsbury Ready to Use Crust.  It is by far the best crust available and I even prefer it to homemade.

Just a tip~ Don’t take the crust out of the fridge until you are ready to use it and don’t roll it out with a rolling pin.  Just use your fingers to gently unroll and place the toppings directly on the crust.  Make sure that you leave a good 1 1/2 – 2 inches of crust free to roll up after you have all the toppings on.  To see step by step instructions follow me on Instagram!{Just Click on my Instagram Photo’s in the SideBar}

Alternative Pizza~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

A healthy, delicious, and Alternative Pizza.  I really hope that you all enjoy this!

Alternative Pizza

Alternative Pizza

This is a Plaid and Paisley Original Recipe


  • 1 ready to use Pillsbury pie crust
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 6 oz of marinated artichoke hearts in oil drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/8 cup diced sun dried tomatoes in oil drained and diced
  • 3 tbs fresh oregano plus more for garnish {you can also use dried}
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese plus more for garnish


  • preheat oven to 450
  • on a parchment lined cookie sheet roll out the pie crust by hand
  • spread the pesto over the pie crust leaving 2 inches free
  • sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese
  • then layer the artichokes, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes
  • place the fresh oregano leaves on
  • sprinkle the goat cheese
  • roll up the 2 inches of edges and press with fingers to make the crust
  • bake for 15-18 min
  • garnish with more fresh oregano and goat cheese
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Wendy says:

    This is a beautiful pizza, Chandra! I love the idea of all of those veggies on a buttery crisp crust. I think I will call it a vegetable-goat cheese galette. That makes it sound as fancy as it looks and no one at my house will ask me where the pizza sauce is! :) I have never eaten at Memphis Pizza Cafe. I will have to put it on the list for our next visit. :) Now you have me curious about which pizza place is your favorite! Our family makes detours for Mellow Mushroom whenever we are on a trip to the south. My son’s favorite food on earth is the Mellow Mushroom pretzel. :)
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    • Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

      Wendy, Thank you so much for your super sweet comments!!! It sounds like you visit Memphis often. Tennessee is my home although it has been many years since I lived there. Even living there for 25 years I have never heard of Mellow Mushroom. It sounds fun! Lou Malnati’s Pizza is my favorite Pizza. They are in Chicago where I was born and visited family every summer and christmas. If you make it to Memphis you should take a stop and eat there. There are 2 locations. Go to the one in Germantown on Farmington Rd in Saddle Brook Mall. Then take Germantown rd about 1 mile to the Germantown Commissary and you will have the best BBQ on the face of the earth!!!!

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