It was meatball week here. I made a monster batch of my homemade meatballs with plans of using them in all sorts of dishes, from spaghetti and meatballs to meatball sandwiches and meatball soup to, of course, 4-cheese meatball pizza. I love the texture of meatballs on a pizza. They add a nice meatiness to each and every bite, plus they add even more wonderful Italian flavor.
The combination of four different cheeses made for a delightful pizza feast. There weren’t any leftovers. That happens with pizza around here. Roasted cauliflower? Probably gonna have some leftover. Pizza? Nope.
8 Italian cooked meatballs, cut in half (I used my homemade meatballs. See the note below)
Any other desired toppings (I added mushrooms and black olives... plus a few pinches of dried red pepper flake)
1 cup shredded provolone cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
Note: I used my homemade meatballs. Normally I make them at least 2 ounces each. For the pizza I made 1 ounce meatballs instead. You can still use large meatballs, but instead of halving them you will probably want to quarter them.
Preheat oven to 420 F
If using store-bought pizza dough or crust, prepare per the package instructions.
Ladle sauce onto the pizza and spread out edge-to-edge.
Distribute the meatballs around the pizza.
Add any other toppings that you desire.
Sprinkle with the cheeses.
Transfer to a pizza stone or pan and bake 10-12 minutes or until the dough is crispy and the cheeses are melted.
Anita and I love pizza, but we are also watching our carbohydrates. These grilled bell pepper pizzas solve that problem and then some! All of our favorite pizza toppings served on a wonderful bell pepper ‘crust’. I grilled the pizzas until the peppers were just starting to soften so they still had a bit of crunch to them. They were fantastic! Grilled bell pepper pizzas will definitely become a staple in our house. They aren’t exactly zero carbs (the peppers and sauce have a few grams of carbs), but they are mighty low in carbs and that’s good enough for us!
You don’t have to grill these ‘pizzas’, either. Just pop them in a 425 F oven instead.
Your favorite toppings (black olives, crumbled cooked sausage, pepperoni, red pepper flake, etc)
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Fire up your grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
Cut the peppers so that they form little bowls. I found that cutting them in half made for deeper bowls than I wanted (too much bell pepper!) so I trimmed them down so that there was a 1/4" - 1/2" deep bowl.
Remove any seeds.
Brush the outsides of the peppers with the oil.
Add your favorite toppings up to the top of the pepper 'bowls'.
Add cheese and place onto the grill.
Grill for 10-15 minutes or until the peppers have started to soften and the cheese is melted.
Dangerous. That’s one word for this antipasto flatbread pizza. I can’t be trusted around it. Everything good is on each and every slice. I could’ve used the same toppings on a ‘regular’ pizza crust, but we prefer flatbread pizzas. Crunchier. Lower in carbs (so I can eat more). And well, kind of fun to eat. They also make for great appetizers. Big honkin’ slices of thick crust pizza aren’t the best appetizers. There’s no real sauce on this pizza. But, it is definitely not dry. Go crazy with the toppings, but if you do use lots of ‘wet’ ingredients, like marinated peppers or olives, drain them a bit before putting them onto the pizza. Flatbread can get soggy if you overload it with sauce or moist toppings.
All the flavors of pizza in a casserole, made in a slow cooker. There’s plenty of cheese and pepperoni so you can overlook the lack of a crunchy crust. The perfect one-pot meal on a rainy, cool late winter evening. You can make it more ‘your way’ by adding Canadian bacon, mushrooms, different cheeses… whatever you prefer. Be careful to not overcook the pasta. Pasta is not the most slow cooker-friendly item in the world. If you over cook the pasta it will become mushy. Not happy mushy either. So error on the side of caution and serve this slow cooker pizza casserole as soon as the pasta is cooked.
Oh my goodness. I was so happy with these Buffalo chicken flatbread pizzas. Fantastic flavors all around, from the spicy chicken to the tangy cheese to the creamy Ranch and fresh cilantro. All served on low-carb flatbread pizza crusts that take only a few minutes to bake. It really doesn’t get any easier than these pizzas.
Thin flatbread pizza crusts are quickly becoming a staple in our home. I keep homemade pizza sauce on hand in the freezer, so I can whip together a quick dinner by just adding some cooked sausage or chicken or whatever I have on hand. They’re also a great way to use up leftovers, from tomato slices to turkey. You can leave off the blue cheese crumbles and Ranch dressing and instead drizzle these pizzas with blue cheese salad dressing.
I flat-out absolutely cannot bake. I’ve tried and tried. I am missing whatever gene is required to make perfect bread, dough, rolls or biscuits from scratch. So that’s why I have a bread machine. I’ve been using mine more and more lately, and one of the recipes I love to make in it is this pizza dough.
This dough is soft and a bit sweet, but with a little heat too. The bottom gets nice and crunchy while the top stays as soft as you can imagine. This recipe makes a large pizza. I usually cut the dough in half and make two medium sized pizzas, cooking them on my Weber Performer grill using a pizza stone. If you are cooking your pizza on a stone, make sure to lightly dust the stone with corn flour before placing the dough onto it. It prevents sticking and helps you get a nice crunchy crust.
I recently picked up a few stackable ovens for my Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer. I knew I’d get a lot of use out of them, making everything from pizzas like these to bread to pies. I actually bought a single oven to try and then after great success I ordered two more. The ovens fit together so that you can have up to 3 at a time in the Big Easy. Each has a lid, but of course I removed the lid for the picture below… otherwise you’d just see a black lid!
I picked up some store-bought mini crusts (the insides of the ovens are about 9″ in diameter) and made some super-simple pizzas: homemade sauce, fried pepperoni (if you can fry pepperoni slices without sampling any, you are super human or from another world), mushrooms, and cheese. 10 or so minutes later we were enjoying a great little pizza hot off the Big Easy!
Note: When you first get your ovens I suggest you ‘season’ them a bit by first washing them with soap and water, and then put them into a hot Big Easy for 20 or so minutes to burn off the ‘new’. Let them cool completely before using. Also, stacking the ovens can be a challenge if they aren’t nice and round. Mine weren’t very round when I first received them. But with a little work you can get them to fit inside each other.