Is Pizza Night Really Pizza Night?
What do you make when half the family wants cheeseburgers and the other half firmly believe that pizza night is PIZZA NIGHT. Period. End of story. I’m usually pretty lax about pizza night, whatever is in the fridge goes on pizza–pesto, peppers, ‘shrooms, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, ham, eggplant, really you name it, I’ll pop it on a pizza.
Tonight when I dug around in the fridge I found a pound of hamburger I needed to use up and decided I’d make burgers for dinner. And OH NO that wasn’t happening, we have a dedicated crew of eaters around here but burgers on pizza night were fighting words. They still ate burgers just on a pizza. You know what? It was some of the best pizza I’ve made in a LONG time.
A word about the tomato sauce base, if you want or prefer to use pizza sauce, by all means, please do, it’s your call. I made a rather plain sauce for my base because I wanted the topping sauce to shine through without an Italian flavor. Now it could be made sauceless, but toppings tend to slide right off if you don’t have some sauce on the bottom.
As usual, this is an inspiration for you, take it, make it yours and go from there, there is no wrong way here.
- 2 pizza doughs, buy it pre-made or double the first recipe on this page
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef, -if you have a little less that's fine or ground turkey or chicken would work too
- 2 tsp garlic granules divided
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 cup tomato sauce
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 4 cups chopped lettuce
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 4 baby dill pickles
- 1/2 ketchup
- 2 TBSP mayonnaise
- 1 TBSP mustard
- 2 TBSP pickle juice to thin it down, use just enough to thin the sauce down
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- if you're making your own dough get it made, then roll it around in a mixing bowl with the olive oil then cover it getting rising
- brown the ground beef, drain the fat, add the 1 tsp garlic granules, the Worcestershire sauce and then taste for salt and pepper, add as needed, cover and set aside
- mix the tomato sauce with the rest of the garlic granules and warm over low heat
- meanwhile make the topping sauce by putting all the ingredients except the pickle juice in a food processor and pulsing it, scrape it down and pulse again
- taste it, if you like it great! if not add more of what you like, maybe more pickles or mustard? Or more mayonnaise
- once you get it right add a TBSP of pickle juice so you can dribble it over the finished pizza if you want to, if you'd rather dollop then leave it alone and don't add the juice
- time to make the pizza
- preheat the oven to 400˚
- pat out the pizza dough on pizza pans OR in cast iron skillets roughly 10-12 inches in size
- bake for five minutes to get the crust firmed up
- pull them out spread the tomato sauce evenly between the two pizza crusts
- top with cooked ground beef and divide the cheese between them, save a little for garnish if you want to but it's not necessary
- bake until the cheese is melted, about 12 minutes, maybe a little longer depending on your oven
- once the cheese is melted it's time for toppings
- divide the lettuce and tomato over the top of the pizza
- drizzle the topping sauce over the top, garnish if desired
- cut and serve while hot