Meat-Based, Hypercarnivore / Low-Carb Crustless Pizza
Ready for some grain- or gluten-free pizza? I thought I'd share my first experiment with making a meat-based pizza. Actually Don and I nearly ordered a crustless pizza from Lou Malnati's, but opted to try to make our own instead.
It's a bit like making meatloaf, only the meat gets mashed up a bit more, then pressed into a baking pan and spread out like a crust.
Once the meat base is baked, the toppings can be added then baked through, finishing with a few minutes on broil.
For this Crustless Pizza Recipe, use whatever type of meat, cheese, and veg you like. Be creative. This is just my first experiment with a meat-based crustless pizza, so use this as a base recipe, and make it your own.
The Meat Base
~3lbs. of ground meat ~ I used 1/2 each ground beef & ground turkey (I'd imagine using at least part ground sausage would add a lot of flavor!)
~1/3-1/2 c grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
Generous amount of dried oregano or Italian herbs
Salt and pepper
1-2 tiny pinches of stevia, or other sweetener
1/-1 sweet or yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2-1 zucchini, thinly sliced
Fat for sautéing the vegetables
Tomato sauce (I used 1.5 of the smaller cans of tomato sauce w/ roasted garlic)
Shredded cheese of choice for on top (mozzarella is standard pizza cheese, but use what you like)
Sauté the vegetables until soft in fat of choice. (See variations for alternate preparation)
In a large bowl, add the meat, eggs, seasonings, and stevia. Use your hands to mash it up really well.
Press the meat out onto a big baking sheet, as if pressing out a pie crust. Make it as even as possible.
Bake at 400º for about 25-30 minutes.
Once the meat is mostly cooked through, you'll probably have excess fat on the baking pan. Carefully pour as much of it as possible out into a heat proof jar.
Spread the tomato sauce in a thin layer on top of the meat base. Then add vegetables, followed by the grated cheese. Bake for another 15 minutes. Turn to broil for the last few minutes, paying close attention to not burn it. Some of the vegetables will get a little browned which is great.
- Sub the ground beef + turkey for ground pork + beef, or better, use a flavorful ground sausage for amore authentic pizza flavor and aroma while baking
- Add whatever vegetables you prefer, including sliced mushrooms, olives, or fresh sliced tomatoes.
- In lieu of pre-sautéing the vegetables, you can try to bake the meat base with all the toppings on it all together. In my mind, it seemed better to do them separately so everything would get cooked properly. Plus it would be harder to drain the excess fat, which will keep it all soggier. But, I'm no expert, so you may have a better idea of how to prepare it!