Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Classic Sicilian Meatza


SICILIAN STYLE - WITH A MEAT/BREAD SWITCHEROO 


Everyone has their own Meatza recipe.  So why try mine?  Honestly?  I just wanted a classic pizza.  My favorite has a Sicilian thickness (think NY Sicilian), sausage, and super fresh ingredients.  There is a secret ingredient in this recipe, though.  Can you find it?  I won't make you search.  It's caraway seeds.  They are the kicker that make this dish taste just like pizza.  Invest in a jar.  You'll never make Meatza without it.  

Obviously you can make this dish your own by adding a layer of sauce and your own favorite veggies on top.  I prefer to have my veggies in the form of a salad when I'm eating Meatza, but again, that's just a pizza and salad ritual that's stuck in my craw!


INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp caraway seeds
1 tbsp herbs de provence (or italian seasoning)
4 minced garlic cloves
2 tsp pepper
4 tsp salt
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 eggs
2 lbs ground meat of your choice - I prefer 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb pork sausage 
3 Roma tomatoes (or heirloom if in season)
2 cup shredded mozzarella and 1/2 cup grated parmesan
Bunch fresh basil leaves (8-10)

TOOLS REQUIRED:

Cookie sheet with edges, mixing bowl                          

INSTRUCTIONS:

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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  

You're about to get your hands all gooey.  So please lay out all of your ingredients separately for ease of use... I'd put all of the seasonings in one ramekan.  Then, in your mixing bowl, combine parmesan, garlic, meat, and eggs mixing thoroughly.  Add your seasonings and mix those through as well.  Take out your meat from the bowl and press into your cookie sheet flat and even throughout.  
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Slice your tomatoes 1/4 inch thick and lay evenly on top of the meat.  Distribute your basil and sprinkle the top with your cheeses and some extra S&P.  


Should look like this pre-cheese

Bake for 18-20 minutes.  If your cheese isn't brown and bubbly (it should be but just in case...), set your oven on broil and watch for the brown transformation for 1-2 minutes.


SERVES 6



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