It may not sound very appetizing, but a “meatza” – a pizza that replaces the standard crust made of dough into one made entirely of meat – is actually a really tasty way to lighten your carb load during pizza night. It’s also quite easy to make, and requires little more than a meat of your choice, some spices, cheese, and the toppings of your choice. To make a meatza, you will need the following items:
-3 to 5 pounds of ground beef or pork (depending on your taste and how big you want the pizza to be)
-Various spices to taste: black pepper, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed garlic
-Pizza sauce and toppings of your choice
To start, mix up the ground meat and spices until well-blended. Using a lightly greased glass dish or large cookie pan, spread the meat mixture along the bottom, molding to whatever thickness you desire. You can add some additional spices on top of the meat once it’s been spread out to give it a little extra flavor, but that will vary according to taste.
Once the meat mixture has been spread out, add the pizza sauce, followed by your toppings, the cheese, then more toppings if you so desire. Given the amount of meat already being used in the crust, it’s best to use a variety of vegetables as toppings, such as spinach, onions, zucchini, squash, and tomato slices.
Bake the pizza in an oven pre-heated to 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until the meat has been completely cooked through. Well-done is recommended, as it makes the crust easier to pick up. Leaving it medium or medium-well is ideal, as it makes it a bit tougher and easier to pick up.
Once it’s done, take it out of the oven and let it cool. Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!