I mentioned last week that I’ve been making an attempt to eat healthier, stop all the crazy snacking, and limit my beloved alcohol. Well, my hubs is on a healthy eating kick too, which generally means that he tries to cut back on carbs. Enter our friend Steve. Remember him from the MegaCon post? Well, he’s lost a bunch of weight on a Ketogenic diet, which is a low-carb diet with similarities to Paleo. So, the other day he made a “Meatza” from this recipe and brought it in to work for us to try.
It was good. Real good. And it took hubs exactly a day and a half until he asked me to make it for him.
Now, I’m not sure if you all remember, but I don’t cook. My skills are limited to things like pink slop and 3-ingredient oreo truffles. So of course I told him that if he went to the store and bought all the ingredients, I would make it knowing full well that he’d never go to the store without me.
I was wrong. So here is my adapted Meatza recipe, because I’m a good wife that keeps her promises.
2 lbs of ground beef (I used 1lb lean ground beef and 1lb lean ground turkey)
Pizza/spaghetti sauce of your choice
Mozzarella cheese (I used half fat free/half 2% since fat free melts a little funky)
Goat cheese (I used 1/2 container of Chavrie Basil and Roasted Garlic goat cheese. You don’t need this, but trust me. You want it.)
Pizza toppings of your choice (I used green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and turkey pepperoni.)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 tsp salt (This was WAY too much. Next time, I’m using 1 tsp)
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp coarse ground pepper
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional) I used this.
1. Mix the uncooked meat and the 2 eggs together with your hands. I like to call this picture, “things you’ll only do for your husband…for a price.”
I did not enjoy that. And I needed mittens afterwards. The meat and eggs were cold!
2. Mix in all the spices with your meat. Also, don’t wear sleeves. Bad idea.
3. Press the meat evenly into a rectangular pan and cook for 10 minutes on 450°.
4. Saute your veggies while you wait. You might want to chop them up first. Guess I didn’t mention that part. Or just put them on whole, what do I care?
5. Blot the fat and other nasties off the meat until it’s dry. (I used paper towels and because I was using lean meat, I didn’t have much to blot.)
6. Add ‘dem toppin’s like your Papa John.
7. Put that thing back in the oven for a couple minutes until the cheese is melted all delicious-like.
8. Take it out of the oven and immediately serve it to the first man you see. He will love you forever.
The “Meatza” turned out better than I thought it would but it is super salty. I’ll use less salt next time for sure. Also, you only need to eat a small piece to feel pretty dang satisfied and I am a bottomless pit when it comes to food.
So there you have it. I cooked something that had more than 4 ingredients. I’m kinda impressed with myself even though I’m pretty sure a monkey could have made this. But like, one of those really smart, talking Planet of the Apes monkeys.