Every last bit gobbled up by every single adult and kid in the house! The “crust” is ground beef topped with the most honest versions that I can find of all my favorites. I do okay except for the hot banana peppers which I just cannot find without yellow food dye, despite an internet search. I use salami for pepperoni and just look for the salami with the least ingredients.
2 pounds ground beef
Your choice of herbs to mix into the ground beef crust: parsley, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, garlic
Your choice of toppings. Toppings I use include:
Tomato sauce (season as desired)
Chopped bell pepper
Chopped ham ( we use prosciutto that has no preservatives)
Sliced black olives
Chopped green olives
Hot banana peppers
Chopped fresh spinach
Cheese (shred your own so you don’t get all the starch and other junk they add to shredded cheese to keep it from sticking to itself)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crust: Mix ground beef with your choice of herbs; I used about 1 tsp of each listed, although I used one large pressed garlic clove rather than garlic powder. Mix well with hands. In a jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet, spread out the ground beef mixture until it almost comes to the edge of the pan, more or less depending on how thick you want your meat crust. We have made crusts that are really thin and some not so thin.
Preparation: Top your “crust” as desired, starting with the tomato sauce. If I do add cheese for the kids, I don’t add it until about half-way done with the baking process–that way it doesn’t overbrown.
Bake: Bake for about 30 minutes. About midway through the baking process or more, drain the juices off and then put back in the oven to finish baking. Add on the cheese now if you want.
Family “gustar” report: 5/5 household members eat it all up. It’s probably one of my favorites, too. Pizza is my favorite food. I miss it.
Closing: All is well here in our family, and I hope there in yours, too. Persist in choosing unadulterated food and food sources as much as you affordably and sanely can. Persist in identifying food’s role in your life, your health, and your psychology. For most of us, its role and effects are far greater than we ever realized. ~~Terri