Pepperoni Meatzza

by Andie Mitchell on August 22, 2014

pepperoni meatzza

 

Is there a good and decent way to tell you that I made you a meatzza?

Or am I just feeling a little strange about having made an entire pie out of meat, and then topping it with meat? Also cheese.

 

pepperoni meatzza

 

If you’re a meat eater, I wouldn’t call it unhealthy — even though it looks more over-the-top than the hot dogs fried in butter that my mother makes.

Think of it like a pizza burger. Or a big cheesy meatball.

Here’s the deal: if you’re considerate about the ingredients you buy — well-sourced, grass-fed beef, tomato sauce with as few additives as possible, high quality pepperoni, and fresh mozzarella — and if you’re mindful of your portion, a meatzza may very well be one of the happiest ways we’ve ever used ground beef, outside of tacos.

I’ve seen this idea floating around, and while some may be turned off by the forthrightness of all this meat, I don’t know; I dig it. The crust is a meatball, for crying out loud. There’s the sweetness of the sauce. Soft slices of fresh mozzarella. There are enough pieces of spicy pepperoni on here to ensure that you’ll never run out. You’ll never be sad again.

 

pepperoni meatzza

 

Since I won’t lie to you, there are two general problems that you’ll encounter when make a meatzza: the shrinking and the grease.

 

pepperoni meatzza

 

Yes, the pizza you see spread above shrinks significantly. That pan (above) is 12″, and doesn’t it look like such a sizable pie? I thought the same. The cold hard truth, though, is that when you pull that meatzza out of the oven, fully baked, it will likely fall somewhere between 8- and 9-inches. And there will be a pool of grease around it. It’s OK; we all wonder what the hell we’re going to do with the grease. Just let the pizza rest for a few minutes, drain off the drippings, slice, and serve. I’m sorry you even had to do that.

 

pepperoni meatzza

 

The recipe I riffed off of belongs to Nigella Lawson. If I’ve been able to put together one bit of coherent judgment from seeing her on TV all these years, it’s that she’s so remarkably poised, so firm and true to herself. Her recipes are unapologetic, decadent but without the fuss. The meatzza fits right in.

Make it. Put a kale caesar salad on the side so that you can feel like you’re really taking charge of your health.

 

pepperoni meatzza

Pepperoni Meatzza

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 of the pizza

Calories per serving: 390

Fat per serving: 22.5g

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin (90% lean)
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • ⅓ cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • ½ cup tomato sauce (I use plain, canned tomatoes, but you can use your favorite jarred version)
  • 4 ounces (½ of a large ball) fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 14 or so slices pepperoni (I like Applegate Farm brand)
  • Fresh basil, chopped, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º F.
  2. In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the beef, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt, and egg. Be careful not to overwork the mixture -- just lightly mix it together, or the meat will become too dense and the end result will be tough.
  3. Add the meat to a large 10- or 12-inch skillet or baking dish, pressing the mixture lightly with your fingers to cover the bottom like a pizza crust.
  4. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the top of the meat crust, leaving a ½-inch border all around. Arrange the mozzarella slices on top, and then the pepperoni, and bake until the meat is cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. Drain the grease and drippings, then transfer to a serving plate, top it with fresh basil, and cut into wedges as you would a pizza. Serve hot.

Notes

Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/4th of Entire Pizza): Calories: 390, Fat: 22.5g, Carb: 9.7g, Fiber: 0.8g, Sugars: 2.3g, Protein: 35.4g

Adapted from Nigella Lawson

http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2014/08/22/pepperoni-meatzza/

 

OH! Before I go — I took the ALS ice bucket challenge and ruined one special lady pug’s life in the process:

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

I want a meatzza! I can force myself to handle the grease and shrinkage.

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Ashley @ QLCC August 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

Yum! I love meatzzas! Low carb yumminess.

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Cinnamon Vogue August 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

HA HA HA. Ice bucket challenge. Looking real cute Andie.

I wasn’t enamored of the Meatzza but warmed up to it when I saw you used Oregano and Basil. And of course the presentation finally got me hooked. By the way, great find on the Applegate brand. They have really good meats looks like. Must remember.

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Mandi August 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

If you top it with lots of veggies, I don’t see why the meatzza couldn’t be healthier than a regular pizza!

I’d be a carnivore if I could get away with it. I’m practically drooling.

Pug in a blanket!

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Katie @Glutes and Ladders August 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Ummmmmmm this is a thing? What?! Why have I never thought of this before? I want that in and around my mouth ASAP, but I guess I’ll have to wait until I go to the store :)

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Morgan August 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Eating less carbs has it’s perks! I’ve been wanting to try this. I’m still obsessing over spaghetti squash and meatball bakes. But cutting the squash is a BIIIIITCH. This would be so much easier. Skip the middle, difficult and fussy man! Can’t wait.

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Janet V August 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I bake spaghetti squash whole and cut after. I think i might have poked it with a fork some first.

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Morgan August 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

Oh, this is exciting! Does it still turn out well? I love the roasty yumminess on the outside when I cut it prior to baking, can I still get that somehow?

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Hootie August 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I love you for this! I never knew a meatzza was a thing until today until I saw it on another Instagram users photo and then I saw that you made us one! So excited to do this :) loved your ice bucket challenge too

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CeCe August 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm

So….with a recipe like this, it becomes super-clear how you gained back so much weight…sad but true.

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Amanda June August 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

CeCe, how needlessly unkind a comment. You claim to have been a longtime follower so I’m not sure if you’ve simply forgotten that Andie has always posted some pretty decadent recipes and shown that you can include real, not-so-light foods as part of a lifestyle of moderation and enjoyment and maintenance. Speaking of which, don’t know if you’ve noticed that despite some recent fluctuation she’s still maintained most of a huge weight loss over the last decade or so? An amazing accomplishment, I think it’s less than 3% of people who lose more than 10% of their body weight will maintain that after the first few years. I guess you can probably tell I’m speaking as a fellow “mostly”-maintainer. :) Anyway, CeCe, don’t know what prompted your animosity but I wish you the best in your journey.

Andie, you look great and you’re still doing just fine and you’re still inspiring a whole bunch of us. Keep being oh so brave.

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CeCe August 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Unless…you’re low-carbing? In which case, I have lost all respect…

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Laurel August 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Cece- I wonder if you realize that your comments come off as very rude and malicious. Perhaps, it’s best to only write what you are brave enough to say to someone face to face. Or maybe you would say this type of thing to someone’s face? In which case, I have lost all respect.

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CeCe August 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Well, the trouble is, Andie has put herself out there for anyone to see. At one time, I found her blog comforting, inspiring, loving, interesting. Since the posts have dropped off significantly, I’ve lost all of those things. Now that she has gained, for her to stop posting about the reality of it is…so disappointing. As someone who was always about healthy eating as a lifestyle, it would indeed be incredibly disappointing to see her turning to such a faddish diet as low carb to lose the weight. Hence the potential loss of respect.

P.S. Save your white-knighting for another day. My comments aren’t malicious. Just truthful.

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Andie Mitchell August 22, 2014 at 11:44 pm

CeCe,

Thank you for being a long time supporter. I appreciate your interest and feedback. The recipe I posted can easily be incorporated into a healthy, balanced, inclusive lifestyle. Although it is higher in calories than many of my recipes, it’s also high in protein and fat — and generally very satiating when eaten in a reasonable serving.

I have gained weight from my lowest point but I can assure you it isn’t from eating meatzza. My issues with emotional and binge eating will be a lifelong battle. I’ve been able to make some really significant and lasting change in my life, but unfortunately, I think it’ll always be a struggle. I write really personally about it here: http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2014/06/09/losing-and-gaining-and-accepting-myself-at-every-weight/

I am so glad that you have derived comfort, inspiration, and love from my blog. When I started this, I wasn’t even sure anyone would ever be on the other end to read it. To know that people have followed along, and in some way been affected by my journey, is unbelievably meaningful to me. If the journey ends for you here, that is ok. Thank you for being with me over the past four years.

Andie

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Lindsay August 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

Andie. I love you. Sorry if that is too weird and forward. You embody the true meaning of grace, humility, and … man, I don’t even have words. I am holding my tongue right now, reading certain things. You are a gem, and I am so, so, SO excited to read your book. I already know it speaks my truth. So many of our truths. Sending you all my best, strangerfriend … Big hugs from this expat in South Korea. You.rock.my.socks.off. <3

Shannon August 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Oh my goodness. This post is so rude! Andie answered you graciously and exemplifies class and grace. Just because someone “puts themselves out there” doesn’t give you the right to be malicious and rude, even though you call this “truth.” The TRUTH is that weight loss is an extremely personal and individual thing, and if someone posts a picture of any one particular type of food, that doesn’t and couldn’t paint a picture of their entire diet. The one thing I have learned in my life is not to ASSUME I know what some other adult is doing or thinking, because you truly do. not. know. I pray that you stop being so judgmental and spend more time looking inward at yourself.

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Sue August 25, 2014 at 12:32 am

Hi Andie!
Loved your ice bucket challenge and I think you look so happy and healthy! I am gonna make the meatzza soon for me & my guy! looks nummy!
Know you are loved by many and I just feel like giving you a huge hug right now.<3

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Shannon August 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

This. looks. awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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Janet V August 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Glad to see you posting :-) Take care sweet girl, you look great!

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Lauren August 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Andie, thank you.
I’ve been overweight, lost weight and now am normal weight and it’s amazing how people on the outside can be so mean and condescending. You don’t deserve to hear such horrible things. And at the end of the day, those words hurt no matter what. Keep your chin up.
I saw your TED talks and loved it. Your inspirational words were beautiful and true. Thank you. Keep on being you. You’re fabulous just as you are.

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Eric Daniells August 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

WOW! A meatzza!? I always thought pizza was off limits, but I suppose if you’re cutting out all the dough that gives empty calories and fat, it can really work, AND taste good! I’m going to make this the next meal and wow the entire family!!!

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Mary August 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Yum! This is a great go-to for pizza. I always feel horribly bloated even when I eat one slice of regular pizza. I wonder how ground turkey would hold up as an alternative…

So glad to see your recent posts. :)

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LN August 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Give my thanks to your little pug for participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. So sweet of both of you for supporting such a worthy cause. That pizza looks delicious.

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