Monthly Archives: August 2010

Brats and Kraut, but better.

We are hardcore lovers of Bratwurst and Sauerkraut in this house. It tends to find its way into our dinner menu at least once a month, and while I do like the old standard of just a little good mustard, every once in a while a change of pace is nice, and we love any excuse to include bacon on the plate. Continue reading


Meatza! Meatza!

I have been dying to make a meatza for a few weeks now. It also felt like a good foot to start on for my first blog entry. If you are unfamiliar with meatza, it is essentially a pizza that substitutes ground meat for the normal flour-based pizza crust. Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods, and is one of the few things I have missed since going grain-free. I am not too interested in attempting to make a pizza crust to resemble a flour-based crust out of almond flour, cauliflower, etc., but I can definitely get behind the meatza! This turned out great and will definitely be a staple for us.

I started with this recipe on MDA and made a few personal modifications. This is what I ended up with:

“Crust” Ingredients:

2 lbs. ground beef

2 eggs

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp caraway seeds

1 tsp fresh oregano

1 tsp fresh ground pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix eggs and ground beef. Add onions, garlic, cheese, and spices and continue to mix well. Spread meat mixture in a 14 x 17 baking tray.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until meat is cooked. Remove from oven. I blotted some of the excess fat off of the tray with a paper towel.

Set oven to broil. Top meat “crust” with pizza sauce (recipe below), any toppings you would like (I used green peppers, onions, black olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, basil,  and spinach) and mozzarella cheese. If you are topping with veggies, as I did, I recommend giving them a quick saute before adding to the meatza, as they won’t be in the oven long.

Cook on broil setting until cheese is done to your preference, this will only take a few minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit for just a couple minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Pizza Sauce (just combine these ingredients):

6 oz. can tomato paste

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 cup water

salt & pepper

1/2 tsp fresh oregano

1/2 tsp fresh basil

1/2 tsp fresh rosemary