6 Newfangled Ways to Get Your Pizza Fix — Comfort Food Feast

Instead of taking pizza by the slice day in and day out, get your fix in alternative ways.

Food Network Supreme Pizza Dip

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Marshall Troy , FOOD NETWORK : 2012,Television Food Network,G.P.

When we talk out-of-the box pizza, we're not about to lay down newfangled topping ideas or totally avant-garde ways to make the perfectly crispy crust. In fact, we're scrapping the current way you take your pizza altogether. Instead of devouring it by the slice day in and day out, get your fix in alternative ways. These riffs on our favorite pie pack all of that pizza flavor in a different kind of package:

1. When you're watching the big game or having a gathering with friends, dip is the name of the game. Ultra-cheesy  Supreme Pizza Dip (pictured above) has the works, with pepperoni, onions, bell peppers and a hearty tomato sauce to boot. It's topped with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses that leave the oven melted and bubbly, and scooping it all up with a crusty baguette will immediately transport you to your local pizzeria.

2. Especially if you love to fold your pizza, Giada De Laurentiis' stuffed  Pizza Pockets are a pizza lover's dream. Loaded with turkey sausage, peppery arugula and a double dose of cheese, these oozing and overflowing pizza dough pockets are at their best when dipped in marinara.

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Chef Name: Damaris Phillips Full Recipe Name: Semolina and Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle-Pizzas Talent Recipe: Damaris Phillips’ Semolina and Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle-Pizzas, as seen on Southern at Heart FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Southern at Heart Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

3. Throw a different kind of pizza party. Instead of tossing stretchy dough over your head, make a savory batter for golden Semolina and Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Pizzas. After cooking these quirky waffles fresh, load them up with homemade pizza sauce, veggies and cheese for a full-on waffle-pizza creation.

KIDS CAN MAKE: PIZZA POPCORN Food Network Kitchen Food Network Cooking Spray, Tomato Paste, Parmesan, Oregano, Garlic Salt, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Popcorn

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

4. No, a slice of pizza really isn't a snack, but perhaps it can be if you're willing to shake it up. Toss freshly popped popcorn with your very own pizza spice, concocted out of tomato paste, grated Parmesan, garlic salt, crushed red pepper flakes and oregano. Your kids can help measure and mix all the spices before shaking them together for  Pizza Popcorn.

5. There are more elegant ways than calling up the delivery man to get your pizza fix. Make a party-ready  Big-Game Pizza Ball by pulsing mozzarella and cream cheeses, plus loads of spices, in a food processor before shaping the mixture into a ball. Make a well in the very top for tomato sauce (perfect for dipping!) and cover the rest of the ball with spicy pepperoni.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Jackie Alpers, Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

6. If you didn't think it was socially acceptable to have pizza for every meal, think again. Giada's Breakfast Pizza piles pizza dough with creamy mascarpone, cinnamon sugar and mixed berries for a sweet breakfast treat.

Get more pizza recipes from family and friends:
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Daisy at Home: Mini Pizza Bites
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Red or Green:  Tostada Pizza
Weelicious:  Quilt Pizza
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