Every year I like to post a recipe or two during Stampede in celebration of carnival food. And although there's no Calgary Stampede this year, as far as I'm concerned, it's still Stampede Week. So I am kicking it off with this Dill Pickle Pizza Recipe!
Pickles on pizza may not sound all that enticing and although I LOVE pickles of any kind, believe me, I too was skeptical at first. But I tried the pickle pizza last year at the Calgary Stampede and although it is/was the latest food trend, WOW I was blown away by how great it could be. So I made it my mission to recreate it. And the verdict from my testers was that it tasted just like the Pickle Pizza they tried at the Stampede.
Like I said, I wasn't that keen on eating pickles as a pizza topping. I guess I'm more of a pepperoni and mushroom kinda gal. But I decided to take a gamble and go beyond my typical beloved pizza and OMG it was so much better than I could have imagined- WOW! Then I couldn't get it out of my head.....
This Dill Pickle Pizza is made with ingredients such as white pizza sauce (which is actually an Alfredo sauce,) with dill weed and garlic. It's a rich and creamy garlic pizza sauce that pairs perfectly with pickles!
It has a great flavor, is carnival food at its finest, and tastes just like the one at the Calgary Stampede. And it's easy to make! I do NOT use ranch dressing, mayonnaise, or sour cream because that did not come close to mimicking the taste.
For this recipe you'll need:
- 15 minute pizza dough (shown below)
- Alfredo sauce * I use Classico but you could use any brand
- dill weed/ dried dill
- minced fresh garlic
- onion powder
- dill pickles
- pizza mozzarella *I use light
- parmesan cheese (optional)
*see quantities in recipe card
📖Variations & Substitutions
And no, this Pickle Pizza recipe is not WW friendly - nothing Stampede-related is remotely Weight Watchers friendly. But calories (and points) don't count during Stampede, apparently.
- Pizza dough:
- You can make your own dough using the Weight Watchers 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough to lighten it up! WW 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough is so good that no one will ever even suspect it's Weight Watchers!
- You can actually use any fresh pizza dough with this recipe, but if you're looking for a regular pizza dough recipe and you have a bread machine, I recommend you try it with my Bread Machine Pizza Dough. That's the dough I used when I made this (pictured). You can make it a thin crust or make a thicker crust, depending on what you prefer.
- You could also use my quick and easy 15-minute homemade pizza dough (I use it for my pizza cupcakes) or even go to the grocery store and buy a store-bought pizza dough if you prefer.
- Dill: You can use fresh dill instead of dried, but you will need to use double the amount
- Garlic: you could substitute garlic powder for the minced garlic
- Pickles: you could substitute butter pickles if you don't have dill pickles, but since they are sweet pickles, the pizza will taste a little different.
- Spicy: You can use spicy dill pickles or add a little hot sauce (buffalo or sriracha) to the garlic dill sauce or add some crushed red pepper flakes as a garnish to spice it up!
- Add-ons: You can add Canadian bacon or chicken breast, if you desire.
This recipe needs I pizza pan. I recommend perforated pizza pan for a crispy crust. You can also you a pizza stone. If you're not sure how to use one, click HERE to read about how to use a pizza stone.
Store this pickle pizza in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 4 days. It can also be baked, then frozen whole (or leftovers) in an airtight container.
At Stampede they are always coming up with daring and innovative ways to showcase foods and be on the cutting edge of the latest food trends. And for the last few years, I have made it my mission to hunt down the most highly coveted fair foods at Stampede and sample them.
Last year, both this pizza and Butterbeer Ice Cream were on my hit list. Fortunately, they were both a hit. But every year isn't necessarily as successful as last year. You can read more about my not-so-satisfying Stampede carnival food experience with Deep Fried Coffee HERE.
However, I have to admit, I wasn't a big fan of Stampede for many years. I don't like rodeos, cowboy stuff, or even rides. But it was having kids that changed all that. Because having kids changes you; it changes you in ways that you could never have imagined...
It makes you get up at 4:30 am to get a good spot at the Stampede parade, it makes you look forward to going to Stampede and it makes you sad when you don't get to take your kids to Stampede.
Then I discovered just how much fun Stampede food can be! The Calgary Stampede has the most interesting and unique carnival foods you can imagine. Over the years I have seen everything from scorpion pizza to red velvet chicken fingers.
👪 Serving Size
This recipe makes 1-12 inch pizza (12 pieces) You can double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust. However, you'll need additional pizza pans.
The sad thing is that because we are in a worldwide pandemic, Stampede is cancelled this year. I never would have imagined that anything could cause Stampede to be cancelled after a century, but here we are.... And we are bummed about that. My kids are super bummed, and I have to admit that I am too.
After I tried this tasty Pickle Pizza at Stampede last year, I saw a few recipes that attempted to recreate it, but they used mayo and sour cream in the pizza sauce, and 'just NO!' was my reaction to that.
I have a pretty discriminating palate and I didn't taste those flavors at all; I definitely tasted more of an Alfredo type of white sauce. So, I made my sauce with that in mind. Plus, my family said it was not only a great recipe, but tasted just like the version we tried at Stampede last year. I guarantee this is the BEST pickle pizza you will ever try!
I'm really going to miss trying the new fair foods on the midway this year. But I'll console myself with the fact that next year will be even more fun. So if you're also missing carnivals and carnival foods this year and looking for a fun and unique carnival pizza recipe, then give this Dill Pickle Pizza with creamy garlic sauce a try! Pickle lovers will LOVE this pizza! I hope it helps to ease your pain too, even just a little.
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What others are saying:
"I tried this pizza for the first time last week and it was fabulous. The recipe is easy to follow and the taste was out of this world. Who knew dill pickles and pizza were a match made in heaven??!! This will definitely be a go-to recipe for me from now on, and I have shared this with so many people who are pickle lovers like me!!"⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🥒Dill Pickle Pizza Recipe
- 1 lb (12 inch) pizza dough * See NOTES
Garlic Dill Pizza Sauce
- 6 whole dill pickles cut into smaller rounds
- 3 ½ cups pizza mozzarella * I use light mozzarella cheese
- additional dill pickles or dill weed, as desired
- parmesan cheese
- Prepare the pizza dough as per instructions for recipe you are using (see NOTES)
Garlic Dill Pizzza Sauce
- Add all sauce ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.
- Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Grease the 12" pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the dough on the pizza pan.
- Spread the prepared sauce on top of the pizza dough, then add dill pickle slices and sprinkle cheese all over the top of the pizza.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bottom is lightly browned.
- Turn up the oven to 500 degrees F and broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is bubbly and a golden brown (to your preference) *watch closely so it doesn't burn. Once cooked, remove from the oven and cut into 12 pieces. Serve hot or cold.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese and extra dill weed or pickles as desired.