Having family pizza night is a great tradition that brings your family close. However, if you are getting tired of the same pizza choices week after week, then you can easily change up your recipe by using different cheeses. If you're ordering out from a restaurant like Tony & Joe's Pizzeria, ask whether they offer any specialty cheeses.
While not all cheeses are appropriate for use on pizzas, there is a wide variety that are, such as:
Cheddar cheese is made with cow's milk and has a mild flavor that is familiar to most people's palate. Cheddar is a kid's favorite cheese and can be used on pizza when combined with another cheese. Cheddar can separate when you cook with it and does not provide much of a chewy cheese texture when used alone. Cheddar works well mixed with any of the other cheeses listed here.
Emmental cheese is a mild type of Swiss cheese made from cow's milk. Emmental melts well, and it goes very well with prosciutto to make an Italian specialty pizza. Emmental cheese also works well with parmesan and romano cheeses on pizza.
Goat cheese is made from the milk of goats and is very good on pizza. Goat cheese should be blotted well with a paper towel to ensure that they are free of excess moisture before you put them on your pizza crust. And, if you prefer a stretchy type of cheese, you will need to mix the goat cheese with either mozzarella or provolone cheese.
Mozzarella cheese is the most popular pizza cheese that is made from cow's milk. Mozzarella has a mild flavor and melts well without separating. While mozzarella tends to have a decent amount of moisture, it is often sold in low-moisture varieties that work well on pizza. Mozzarella cheese is very stretchy and chewy when it melts.
Parmesan is one of the harder cow's milk cheeses. It is aged for a long time and becomes hard and brittle. The long aging period makes Parmesan cheese have a distinctive strong scent and taste. The flavor works well on pizzas. Parmesan cheese is very crumbly and does not melt well. It should be used with another cheese or grated and put on your pizza after it has cooked.
Finally, there is provolone cheese. This cheese is also made of cow's milk and is very similar in texture to mozzarella cheese. Provolone cheese melts with a texture similar to mozzarella. However, provolone is aged longer than mozzarella cheese is, so it has a sharper flavor. Provolone cheese works well on pizzas with chicken and other non-traditional toppings.