Friday, February 18, 2011
Valentine's Day Cheeseburger Pizza
Yes, I know. It's well past Valentine's Day. I just couldn't help but share with you guys what I made for Andy on Valentine's Day.
And some of you may turn your nose up to some of the ingredients... well, one in particular - Velveeta. Yes, I know, it's not real cheese. But to Andy. It is real cheese. In fact, he thinks it's the best cheese. While we don't obviously share the same opinion regarding this, Valentine's Day is a day of love. And because I love that man, regardless of his food and cheese preferences, I set my food snobbishness (or well, real sensibility, hehe) aside, and made this heart-shaped pizza for him using one of his favorite things... Velveeta.
Hope you guys have a great weekend, and I promise to post those Nutella cupcakes next week!
Adapted from a Taste of Home recipe
2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 & 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. meatballs, about 10-15 (you can use homemade or frozen - just make sure to defrost them a little if they're frozen), chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese, grated
1/2 cup homemade tomato soup, or sauce (I made a tomato soup recently that had a pizza sauce taste, so I used that)
1/2 onion, sliced
4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 cup Velveeta cheese, chopped
1/2 cup pepperjack cheese, shredded
Start by making the crust. In a large bowl, combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Add the warm water and oil. Mix until the dough is smooth. Add additional flour if dough is still sticky.
Knead on a floured surface for about 5 minutes or until dough becomes elastic and smooth. Cover with a warm damp towel and let rise for about 10-15 minutes.
In a large skillet, cook the chopped meatballs and garlic. Season with salt and peppper, if desired.
Preheat oven to 450 F.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a large circle, about 1/4 inch thick. Or if you like a thicker crust, you can always make a smaller circle. If you want to be cutesy like me, you can make the circle into a heart shape, but it's not necessary.
Roll the edges slightly to form a thicker outer edge. Poke the dough with a fork.
Place crust on a greased baking stone or baking sheet. Bake for about 7-10 minutes, or until crust is slightly browned.
Sprinkle the crust with the pecorino cheese and top with tomato sauce/soup. Add meatball/garlic mixture, onion, chopped bacon, and Velveeta and pepperjack.
Bake the pizza for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Slice and serve.
Seriously. This was a 'man' pizza. Andy said he liked it a lot. I could give or take on it. We both agreed that the crust was different and unusual. Not something you associate a pizza crust with being, but it was pretty tasty. The toppings, of course, could be alternated to suit your tastes. This was a winner in Andy's book, and seriously, that's all that mattered to me. =)
So have a great weekend guys and I'll see you back on Monday!