Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Look Ma--No Grains!" Meat Loaf Pizza

Yep, this is a "pizza", alright, but it uses the meat as the crust. A Thanksgiving leftover option will be included at the bottom.

Meat Loaf Pizza
1 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or marinara
1/2 c. green peppers
1/4 c. onion, minced
1/4 c. mozzarella cheese

Lightly grease a 9" pie pan with oil. Press ground beef into pan. Place pan with meat in oven and bake at 350 until meat is no longer pink--about 17-20 minutes. Drain.

MICROWAVE METHOD: Press meat into greased glass pie plate. Cover meat with waxed paper, and cook on high, rotating plate every 3 minutes if oven doesn't rotate for you. cook until meat is no longer pink--about 8 mins. total. Drain.

To finish: top baked meat with sauce, cheese, peppers, and return to oven or microwave to melt cheese on top--about 1-2 mins. more.

Cut into quarters and serve. The meat becomes your crust. This cannot be eaten out of hand--a plate and fork must be used.

Thanksgiving Leftover version
1 lb. turkey leftovers
1 c. stuffing/rice/mashed potatoes, or combination
1 egg

Put all in a food processor and combine until ground-meat-like. This is the "bread and meat" combo normally used in meat loaf. Do not season--your turkey and stuffing are already seasoned. Use this to press into your greased pan.

Bake at 350 for about 10 mins. oven/4 mins. microwave (long enough to cook the egg in the crust). No draining necessary.

On top of it, add:
3/4 c. gravy
1/4 c. cheese, any flavor (what ya got?)
1/2 c. leftover green bean casserole--if you still have any french-fried onions, sprinkle them on top.

Return to heat and cook until cheese is melted on top. Cut and serve on plates with forks.


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