Sunday, October 7, 2012


I'd previously used an almond-crust pizza (as seen here) whenever I started craving pizza, but I recently tried this variation instead, and I'm hooked.  Of course, it's mostly meat, so it's VERY filling.  Oh, one warning - this will make a mess of a cookie sheet, which will be hard (but not impossible) to clean.  I recommend a good soaking.  I don't think you can grease the cookie sheet, but I will try that for next time.


  • 2 pounds ground beef (or mix it up - ground pork, chicken, etc.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the weird stuff in the cardboard tube is okay for this)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • tomato paste OR tomato/pizza sauce
  • pizza toppings (I went with plain old thin-sliced pepperoni)
  • cheese for top (I used a four-cheese pre-grated store blend)

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine the Parmesan, herbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl (do this first because it's easier when your hands aren't covered in raw meat).
  3. Combine the ground meat and the eggs by hand until well-mixed.
  4. Add the combined herbs/cheese/etc to the meat and egg mixture (if you add before the meat and egg are well-mixed, the egg just causes the herbs to clump up).
  5. Pound it flat onto a baking sheet, as thin as possible (it will shrink back up during cooking).
  6. Bake the meat "base" in the oven for 10 minutes, remove, and crank the oven up to "Broil".
  7. Drain the excess grease and water that's come out of the meat base while it cooked.
  8. Add your tomato paste or sauce (tomato paste, while my preferred pizza sauce for the intense taste, is admittedly hard to spread here).
  9. Add the toppings and cheese.
  10. Broil for about 5 minutes (keep an eye on it!) until it looks pizza-ish (i.e. top cheese is melted and browned).
  11. Let cool for a couple of minutes, and dig in!.
Additional:  If you substitute a package of taco seasoning for the spices, use salsa in place of the tomato sauce, and cover with a cheddar-jack cheese blend, you get something different, but awesome!

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