The Surprising Vegetable Ali Khan Enjoys On Pizza

Let's cut right to the chase: pizza is one of the greatest foods out there. Delivery, homemade, or Digiorno, Chicago-style deep-dish or thin and chewy from the streets of New York, you simply can't go wrong with a slice or two for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Even in its most basic form of just crust, sauce, and a heaping pile of ooey, gooey cheese, the dish is sure to satisfy any time the pangs of hunger start calling. However, the addition of a few toppings certainly helps take your 'za to the next level.

Speaking of toppings, what are your favorites? Are you keen on the combination of basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes for a classic Margherita pizza? Or do you like to put together your own blend of meats, cheeses, and veggies? This is part of what makes pizza so great — you can add just about anything your heart desires before (or sometimes after) it goes into the oven. For Love Supreme Pizza Bar, that means adding watermelon radishes on top of their Love Supreme pie. Chef Ali Khan recently stopped by the Austin, Texas joint to give their unique namesake pizza a try (via Instagram), and while the uncommon vegetable might sound like it should be joining pineapples in the "absolutely not" category (they just DON'T belong on a pizza), the "Cheap Eats" host found the ingredient to be a surprisingly tasty addition to the dish.

Ali Khan thinks watermelon radishes go great with these other toppings

The above photo is a snapshot of chef Ali Khan's watermelon radish-topped pie from Love Supreme Pizza Bar in Austin, Texas. It certainly looks beautiful, with its colorful combination of toppings, which the restaurant's menu lists as pepperoni, sausage, red onion, olives, kale, broccoli rabe, chili flakes, and mozzarella, along with the root vegetable — and we do need to take a moment to appreciate that golden-brown crust — but does it taste good?

According to Fine Dining Lovers, watermelon radishes are named for their similar appearance to a watermelon and offer a sweet and peppery taste and a delectable crunch, not to mention a ton of nutritional value. They can be pickled, roasted, or eaten raw, and, along with being an excellent addition to a sandwich or salad, apparently make for a good pizza topping as well. For Khan, the way it's done at Love Supreme Pizza Bar was, in fact, "all that," especially alongside the two savory types of meat (via Twitter). He went into further detail on Instagram, where he explained that the "texture and lightness" of the watermelon radishes "add to the restraint factor" of the 'za, which he ultimately dubbed "the most polite sausage and pepperoni pie you could ever eat."

Our thoughts? If it's good for chef Khan, it's good for us. But if you're still not sold on the idea of radishes — watermelon or not — on top of your pizza, perhaps one of his other favorite pizza varieties, the Neapolitan, may be worth a try.