Pizza-Cheeseburger Hybrid Now Selling at Pizza Huts in the Middle East
You may have heard that Pizza Hut has created a cheeseburger-pizza hybrid called the "Crown Crust Pizza," which is only being sold at franchises in the Middle East. While American foodies may be put off by the melding of these two dishes, NPR's food blog, The Salt, gets behind why it's more acceptable to a Middle Eastern audience.
Many foodies have decried it as a "culinary abomination," "a sign of the apocalypse," or proof that America is finally losing its monopoly on gluttony. A reviewer at Serious Eats, who tried the Crown Crust in Dubai, wrote: "There seems to be no rational explanation as to why this pizza was created."
But Leila Hudson, director of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, and a restaurateur herself, says the Crown Crust probably looks a lot less bizarre to Middle Eastern consumers than it does to us.