Oh, hai. I just bought your friendship. Or readership? Please tell me I’m not talking to myself still. Other than Keith, Gregario, and Levitra who like to come to my site in the middle of the night and spam the h-e-double hockey sticks out of it. So if you’re out there, and you see this, please let me know!
Maybe it would inspire me to do a giveaway? Because nobody wants to do a giveaway and then wind up “winning it” themselves…
…or maybe so? I am into all things kitchen gadget-y, cook book-y, and ingredients-y.
So yeah, meatball pizza. If you think the idea of a meatball pizza is similar to a “sausage pizza from papa john’s”, like Mr. Birdy, you are wrong. Dead wrong, son. This shiz is off the chain and I will prove it to you. But probably the only person who needed proving was Mr. Birdy and judging by the mini-tussle we got into this morning about who got 2 pieces and who got 3 out of the 5 that were left over, I’d say the message was received loud and clear.
You can have this pizza, homemade meatballs and all, on the table in less than hour. That, little birdies, is reason-enough to give me a shot. You get multiple reasons in this one, though – crispy pizza dough smothered in tangy marinara sauce, moist and super flavorful meatballs, sweet onions and yellow bell peppers, lightly sauteed, all topped with fresh basil, parsley, and mozzarella cheese. Yes, please.
Really though, homemade meatballs slathered in sauce and baked up on a pizza? Really. I mean reeeallllyyyy?! Like Seth and Amy reaaallllyyyy?!
Eeetsa gooda pizza pie!
makes one pizza
1/2 lb. ground meat, I used turkey
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1.5 tablespoons bread crumbs
1.5 tablespoons grated cheese (parmesan, pecorino, romano, etc.)
1.5 tablespoons ketchup
1.5 tablespoons grated onion
3 garlic cloves, grated
4 basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350°
Generously grease a baking sheet with olive oil or olive oil spray. Mix all ingredients together and form into mini-meatballs. You should have roughly 15 meatballs. Bake for 20-25 minutes, I pulled mine at the 22/23 minute mark. If working with poultry, you want to make sure they’re cooked through.
1/2 a sweet onion, sliced
1/2 a yellow bell pepper, sliced (any bell pepper would work well)
1-2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1-2 tablespoons basil, chopped
your favorite jarred or homemade marinara sauce
1 pizza dough, homemade or pre-made.. I used a whole wheat dough from Trader Joe’s
While the meatballs are cooking, heat some olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook for 8-10 minutes.
While the onions are cooking, sprinkle some cornmeal on a pizza stone and rub a rolling pin with some olive oil. Roll the pizza dough into a circle.. a “rustic” circle like mine will do just fine!
Once the onions have cooked for 8-10 minutes, add the bell pepper and cook for 3-5 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Grate your cheese, chop your herbs, etc. until the meatballs are finished.
To assemble: Ladle and spread marinara sauce on the pizza dough, add the meatballs and brush each one with a bit of sauce. Fill in the rest of the dough with the onions and peppers and top it all with the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle half of the parsley and basil over the dough and bake at 375° for 12-18 minutes. Top finished pizza with the remaining chopped parsley and basil.