When French dressing is a pizza topping

By JOHN E. BIALAS

The slice of pizza in the featured image was left over from a tasty trip to Tower of Pizza in Metairie on Saturday, and I put French dressing on it for a platonic snack at home on Sunday.

You might say the piece has too much French dressing on it and I might agree, but when it comes to French dressing on pizza, it’s one of my go-to toppings along with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and double cheese.

Just don’t let anyone make the dressing one of the ingredients in the baking process. You don’t want baked salad dressing, do you?

I could write about the history of French dressing on pizza, a Biloxi tradition. Instead, I’ll link to an old and intriguing thread on Chowhound. It started in with this post:

I recently read somewhere that it is popular in Biloxi Mississippi to pour french dressing on pizza slices. Does anyone know if this is true and how this came bout? Is it just a Biloxi thing?

tom82, May 26, 2008

I could spend hours reading and rereading all the exchanges. This is entertainment, especially the first reply:

“I grew up in that part of the country, and cannot recall anyone doing French dressing on pizza. We frequented many pizza restaurants, chain, mini-chain and stand-alones, and I’ve never seen this, nor have I even heard of it.”


Oh, brother, Bill. That was from Bill to tom82. Bill is not my brother.

Later, a guy named Handlebar weighed in and I know Handlebar. I went to junior college with him in the early ’70s.

It’s been generally known that the use of French dressing on pizza started at Hugo’s. I started going there way back when. All the other places now have it too. Hugo’s had terrific pizza.

Handlebar, May 11, 2009

For some reason, Bill asked Handlebar a question about a different food topic. Something to do with Alamo Fried Chicken back in the day in Biloxi.

Many people don’t like it when you quickly go off on a tangent. I liked that one.

It’s sort of like this post. It goes from 2021 all the way back to remember the Alamo.

Bill, did Alamo Fried Chicken have French dressing?

Dang. I never thought nostalgia would get in the way of what started as French dressing on New Orleans area pizza.

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