Did you ever see that commercial where the guy tells his would-be girlfriend that he’s a “meatitarian”? My husband could be that guy, except he’s already married. To me, in case you were wondering.
It was no surprise to me the other day that he started drooling when he heard a different commercial advertising pizza with five or six different kinds of meat. That’s pretty much just right up his alley!
Our dinner plans changed suddenly the other day, and I needed a quick but filling meal. I was in the mood for pizza and was reminded of my husband’s penchant for “meatitarian pizza”. I didn’t have 5 or 6 different kinds of meat in the house (not cooked ones, anyway) so I settled for a 3-meat pizza. It has 2 kinds of cheese, does that count?
Of course, there are at least a zillion different ways to make pizza, so any one recipe can be adapted to your desires and needs, but here’s the way I made it the other night. I should warn you, it has no tomato sauce because my DH cannot have it. Usually I use Ranch dressing, BBQ sauce or a white sauce, but this time I tried to recreate a garlic oil sauce we’ve had before. It goes better I think with a thin pizza, so if you go this route, either use half to three quarters of the pizza dough recipe or roll it out in a larger pan.
1 recipe pizza dough (below)
1-2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP crushed garlic (I used about a teaspoon of garlic powder instead.)
dash of salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 TBSP grated zucchini or yellow summer squash
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella
1/2 cup browned hamburger meat
1/2 cup cubed or shredded chicken
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Spread the pizza dough in a circle on a pizza stone or cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes. Use a basting brush to evenly distribute olive oil on surface of crust. Evenly distribute garlic and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter the squash evenly and then top with cheeses and meats. Cook at for 10 minutes or so, until cheese is melted.
Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 pkg rapid rise yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP honey
1 – 1 1/4 cups warm water
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix in oil, honey and 1 cup of water. Add additional water as necessary to make a smooth, elastic dough. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes before baking. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes.
This is QUICK, especially if you have the cooked meats on hand. I had some browned beef in the freezer, as well as cooked bacon, and used a can of chicken as well. Other options would be sliced ham or crumbled sausage. The dough is quick, too, because you don’t have to worry about letting it rise.
This is EASY, even when you make your own pizza dough. Despite the use of yeast, there’s no proofing or rising involved, so it’s not in the least bit difficult. Use your food processor to shred the cheese in seconds.
It’s CHEAPer than ordering delivery, that’s for sure. It’s even cheaper than buying a pre-made crust and other pre-packaged ingredients. It’s a great way to use up leftover meats you may have taking up space in your fridge and freezer, in which case it’s even cheaper.
I tried my best to make it HEALTHY by using whole wheat and honey in the crust and adding in the squash. Most of you can add in other vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, and the like. Unfortunately, I cannot do that because of my DH’s diet.
Speaking of whom, he ate half the pizza in one sitting! I told you he was a meatitarian!! Check more blogs here.