Sunday, July 17, 2016

MEATZA Pizza, made with beef!

We have been experimenting with Meatza pizzas over here, since my husband has gone low carb.  Love this one. Obviously skip the sauce if you are a non-plant eating zero carber. You could make this with fresh mozzarella on top, or any way you like.  I bought shredded cheese and sliced cheese to make it easier.

Meatza Pizza
Serves 2 -3

1 lb of ground beef (or a little more is ok)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese (I used 365 brand of provolone, parmesan, asiago, fontina)
Sliced whole milk mozzarella cheese (we used 6 thick slices)
Pepperoni Slices 
4 ounces (1/4 cup) tomato paste, organic
1/2 cup strained tomoato sauce, organic
2 Tablespoons water
sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes: to taste
wooden spoon
9" cast iron pan, small pot

Pre-heat oven to 400˚F. Mix in a large bowl: beef, seasonings, eggs, and one cup of the shredded cheese. (Save the 1/2 cup for later). Press into a 9" cast iron pan, up the sides to make a "crust". Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the meat is cooked. You may have to pour off some water or jus that collects on top to get the middle to cook.  If you do, be careful your "crust" doesn't slide out, by using a spatula to hold it in the pan. You may even have to scrape it a bit if you get a loose mixture of jus on top that won't cook.

While cooking, start the quick pizza sauce.  In a small pan, turn heat on high and put the tomato paste in, stirring with a wooden spoon until it slightly changes color and is heated through.  Add tomato sauce, and whatever spices you like.  You could use minced garlic or garlic powder, oregano, basil, s&p, red pepper flakes to your liking. Add the water and stir every so often so it won't pop.  You can cook it down slightly or just cook it until it tastes right, by adjusting spices.  This might make slightly more than you will need.

When crust is cooked, layer on it: sauce, 1/2 cup of cheese (maybe reserve one teaspoon or so for the very top), mozzarella slices, pepperoni and a little sprinkling of cheese on the very top. Broil for about 4 minutes, or until cheese is melted and pepperoni is cooked. 

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