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By Sara Pokorny spokorny@civitasmedia.com



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People are really starting to hate on pizza crust.


Everywhere I turn it seems they’re attempting to sub something else in for the bready goodness – cauliflower, zucchini, all mashed up and spread out to act the same way a pizza crust would.


That’s all well and good (and, in ways, healthier), but I’ve recently found another crust substitute that beats all the others: meat.


It even gives way to a cool naming convention, the Meatza (meat plus pizza, you see what I’m saying here), and it’s delicious.


You can concoct whatever topping combination you’d like for your pie, but I went ahead and replicated the Mediterranean Meatza Pie from Stupid Easy Paleo.


For this, you’ll need to first determine what kind of pie you want. An 8-inch round? You’re going to need two pans. If you want a 13 by 9-inch square, settle in with only one pan. Me, I went with the round version – I’ll take circular pizza over square any day.


For the crust, you’ll need one pound of lean ground beef, one tablespoon of fresh chopped basil, one minced garlic clove, one-half teaspoon of salt and one-half teaspoon of pepper, and two tablespoons of a dried herb mixture (I used oregano, thyme, and parsley).


Preheat your over to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all the crust ingredients up in a large bowl, then press them into whatever pans you desire. I halved my mixture to put into the two pans.


Bake the crust for 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through, then get to adding the toppings.


For the Mediterranean pie, a half-cup of each is needed: tomato sauce, sliced red bell pepper, sliced sun-dried tomatoes, chopped artichoke hearts, sliced olives, and a little bit of fresh basil for garnish.


Add the tomato sauce and red peppers first, then pop the crust back in the oven for 5 minutes to soften those up. After removing the pie from the oven, top with the rest, slice it up like you would a regular pie, and enjoy.


Prefer a Greek-inspired pizza? Sub in ground lamb for beef, and instead throw green bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and olives on top!


MEDITERRANEAN MEATZA PIE


Courtesy of stupideasypaleo.com


Makes 2 pies


INGREDIENTS:


Crust:


• 1 lb. lean ground beef


• 2 tbsps. mixed dried herbs, such as oregano, thyme, parsley


• 1 tbsp. fresh basil chopped


• 1 garlic clove, minced


• 1/2 tsp. salt


• 1/2 tsp. black pepper


Toppings:


About 1/2 cup of each:


• Tomato sauce


• Red bell pepper, sliced


• Sundried tomatoes, sliced


• Artichoke hearts (canned or packed in oil), chopped


• Olives, any kind, sliced


• Fresh basil for garnish


HOW-TO:


• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.


• In a large bowl, mix the crust ingredients – ground beef, dried herbs, basil, garlic, salt and pepper.


• Divide the meat in half. Press half the meat into an 8-inch round pie pan. Repeat with the other half. (You can even do a 13 by 9 inch rectangular pan if you want square pizza.)


• Bake for 10-15 min or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and drain off any liquid in the pan.


• Add the tomato sauce and red pepper on top, then put it back in the over for another 5 minutes to soften them up. Remove from the oven and add the rest of the toppings, then cut the pizza into slices.

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