Throw all the fixing of a cheeseburger on a pizza crust and what do you get? A yummy dinner treat that the whole family will love.
Do you keep a mental checklist of what’s in your kitchen? I do and I swear, it’s really quite accurate. In fact, the account of what’s in the fridge and pantry would be spot on perfect if not for the fact that I’m living with other people.
It’s easy enough to track something like milk, which I don’t drink anymore. I just pick up the jug while I’m looking in the fridge and make a mental note of how much we have left.
No, it’s the outright attempts at staple sabotage that I’m talking about. Like the container of turkey lunch meat with only one slice in it that’s sitting on the bottom shelf. One slice? Really? Or the Jif jar in the cupboard with less peanut butter in it than a single smashed up peanut’s worth.
Or the Mozzarella, which I discovered was just … gone.
This recipe came out of necessity because I had planned to make a sausage pizza for dinner but when I opened up the cheese drawer, the Mozzarella was not there. Not even the package remained (that happens a lot too). Noticing that I had plenty of Cheddar and some defrosted beef, I switched my plans and started throwing together ingredients.
For the meat, I simple sautéed ground beef and sausage in a skillet along with some salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. While it cooked, I mixed together a can of tomato sauce, some ketchup, more Worcestershire, red pepper flakes and a bit more salt and pepper.
I threw my pizza crust on a hot stone, spread the sauce on it, topped it with the meat and sprinkled on a few good handfuls of cheese. Into the oven it went for 12 minutes.
While it cooked, I whisked together the aoili ingredients. I like mayo on my burgers but Dudette doesn’t so I knew it would be served as a side.
I always make my own crust and have a fantastic tried-and-true recipe. If you’d like to use it, it’s with my 30-Minute From Scratch Pizza.
Dudette had a friend over yesterday and and the two girls loved their slices (phew). Hubby and I really enjoyed the pizza too. I think the combination of beef and sausage gave a bit of a boost to the flavor and the Worcestershire added that little ‘mmm, what is it?‘ factor. We especially liked the aoili sauce on it, but you know me, I’m a huge fan of garlic anyhow. I like how easy this was to pull together and how family friendly the pizza was. It’s definitely one I’m going to keep in my repertoire.
- ½ pound bulk Italian sausage
- ½ pound ground chuck
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 6 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 blob of pizza dough
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- Put a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 450.
- Sauté the beef and sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned, breaking up the meat so there are no big pieces left.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, stir to combine and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and set aside.
- Carefully remove the pizza stone from the oven. Roll out the dough and lay it on the hot stone, then spread the sauce over the crust stopping ½ inch from the edge. Add the meat over the sauce and sprinkle the cheese over the meat. B
- Bake the pizza in the 450 degree oven for 12 minutes or until the dough is golden and the cheese is beginning to bubble.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.
- Whisk together the the ingredients, adding the water 1 tablespoon at a time until it is thin enough to drizzle on the pizza.
In case you’re wondering who the cheese thief is in the house, it’s Dudette. My kiddo loves her cheese and I’m not planning on chastising her about choosing it for a snack over a bag of chips or piece of candy. I think I’ll worry more about the fact that she’s currently playing her drums while I’m trying to write. Yeah, it’s summer vacation.