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Basic meatzza

May 27, 2012

Ever since Epic Meal Time came out with its Meatzza episode back in January, I’ve seen countless blogs spring up with their own version of this creative application of pizza for those who don’t own their own brick oven to make real pizza.

So here I am jumping on the bandwagon and making my own. This one contains red onion, red peppers, and mushrooms. Kind of similar to the sausage-mushroom-onions-peppers pizza idea.

First was to make the crust. Mixed into the ground beef was an egg to hold the mixture together, some dried Italian seasoning, and finely minced onion.

After baking the meat crust, this awesome pasta sauce was slathered all over the top. This is one of the cleanest pasta sauces I’ve ever found, which can only be purchased at Whole Foods, courtesy of the house 365 brand.

Ingredients for the sauce are: organic tomato puree, organic diced tomatoes, organic garlic, salt, organic basil, organic paprika, organic oregano, organic black peppers. The fat-free version is the only one without nasty soybean oils, clocking in at $2.69/jar where I live.

After the marinara layer, the red onions were placed atop, followed by the peppers, and finally the mushrooms. Then into the oven it went for a quick broil.

The finished product was nothing short of amazing. It legitimately tasted like pizza that had meat slathered all over, without any grains diluting the taste of any of it. I didn’t have high expectations going into this project, but I will definitely be making this more often.

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp finely minced onion
1/4 tsp salt
a dash or two of black pepper
1/2 cup pasta/marinara sauce
1/4 red onion
1/2 small bell pepper
3 mushrooms

(1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
(2) Mix ground beef, egg, Italian seasoning, minced onion, salt, and black pepper thoroughly. Transfer to a square 8×8 baking pan and smooth out evenly.
(3) Put the pan in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes, until meat is thoroughly browned and fat begins to crackle.
(4) Meanwhile, thinly slice the 1/4 onion, chop the bell pepper into small 1/2″ pieces, and slice the mushrooms.
(5) Take the meat crust out of the oven when finished baking, and turn the oven setting to broil. Add pasta sauce onto the top of the meat crust. Add the onions, pepper, and mushrooms in the order desired.
(6) Place back into the oven and broil for an additional 5 minutes, until mushrooms are visibly cooked.
(7) Take out of oven to cool for several minutes before cutting and plating. Serve warm!

Buon appetito!

Dai Dai

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