Vegetarians, avert your eyes: this pizza is unabashedly a meat lover’s delight. A basic cheese pizza is transformed into a carnivorous canvas, topped with mixture of beef, pepperoni, bacon, and chorizo. As they bake, the flavors of the meats not only meld together, but infuse the flavors of cheese and sauce, kissed with a touch of onion and basil for an extra punch of pungency.
This is a hearty and satisfying pizza, and is especially good alongside a Ballast Point. Make it for your next party, or to really wow the crowd on game day.
Meat Lovers Pizza
From Baking With Steel
Makes one approximately 12-inch pizza
1 ball 72 hour pizza dough, or your favorite dough
50 grams (2 ounces, or 1/4 cup) tomato sauce
25 grams (1 ounce) ground beef (we prefer 85% lean), uncooked
25 grams (1 ounce, or about 6-8 slices) pepperoni, thinly sliced
1 strip of bacon, cut into small pieces
25 grams (1 ounce) cured chorizo, thinly sliced
75 grams (3 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
50 grams (2 ounces) fresh mozzarella, torn or thinly sliced
50 grams (2 ounces) chopped white onions
25 grams (1 ounce) fresh basil, thinly sliced (see note)
- Preheat the Baking Steel in your oven on the top rack at 500F for one hour.
- Stretch your dough into a 12 inch circle (oblong or oval is fine). Lightly flour your peel and place the dough on top.
- Set the oven to BROIL.
- Evenly distribute the tomato sauce across the top of the pizza, leaving about 1 inch around perimeter for the crust.
- Evenly distribute the meats and the cheeses across the pizza, then scatter the onions on top.
- Use a generously floured pizza peel to launch your pizza onto the Baking Steel and bake under the broiler for 2 minutes.
- After 2 minutes, open the oven and use your pizza peel to give the pizza a 180-degree turn. Turn off the broil setting but keep the oven at its highest temperature, and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese has attained your desired brownness.
- Use your pizza peel to remove the pie from the oven. Top with the basil. Slice and serve.