My hands-down favorite food of all time is pizza. I like fancy-pants pizza – you know, the kind with the thin crust and crazy toppings (have you ever tried clam & bacon? I’m not even joking – it’s delish). I’ve even tried the gluten-free crust pizza….it was meh. But what I really love is the totally basic take and bake pepperoni classic. I love it. It’s a go-to dinner when we have the kids b/c it’s easy and they love it and there’s leftovers for lunch (or breakfast).
I’ve tried stopping at one piece and it never works. Inevitably, I eat 3 more, plus cutting tiny corners off here and there just to have “one more bite”. Every. Single. Time. I feel sick to my stomach and wonder why I did that to myself.
I tried the cauliflower pizza. It looked like pizza, tasted like pizza…I didn’t even miss the crust! Unfortunately cauliflower and I are not friends, if you know what I mean.
So…how can I shovel all of my favorite toppings (mainly pepperoni) into my mouth?
Enter MEATZA! Check this out – looks like pizza, tastes like pizza, still don’t miss the crust!
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 an egg (I know that sounds weird, I needed to bind it somehow and I thought a whole egg would be too much….next time I will just make 1 lb beef + 1 egg, and have 2 pieces of meatza…so much easier)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp italian herbs
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used an italian mix)
- 1/4 cup marinara
- pepperoni or whatever toppings YOU like on your meatza.
- heat oven to 350*
- mix the meat, egg, spices by hand in a bowl
- press out into a greased pan (I used a 7X5X1.5 pyrex)
- cook for 15 min
- take out and pour out the excess liquid then top with your marinara, cheese, and other toppings.
- cook for another 15 min
I served it with roasted veggies (red onion, eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, broccoli) – I just tossed in olive oil and salt & pepper and cooked at 350* for 45 min, mixing it all up at the halfway point so nothing burned too bad on one side. I topped it with a drizzle of homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
It was so yummy I had it the next night – using homemade pesto (instead of the vinaigrette) & pesto chicken burger, topped with more cheese. No pic, it wasn’t pretty…but it was SUPER yummy.
I used 1 Tbsp for my veggie pesto mix and froze the rest in a ice tray – which makes 1 Tbsp servings to use whenever you are in the mood for some yummy pesto.
Clearly these recipes include a lot of cheese. So perhaps this is more “primal” more than paleo. I’m ok with it b/c I don’t eat a whole lot of cheese in general. If you don’t do cheese, just skip it. Meatza is yummy any way you top it!