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Meat Lovers Pizza

Hey, Grillin’ Fam! AB here, and I’ve got a flavor-packed adventure that’s gonna rock your taste buds – Homemade Meat Lovers Pizza. Picture this: a crispy crust, rich tomato sauce, a melody of cheeses, and a meaty symphony featuring sausage, pepperoni, ham, and bacon. Are you drooling yet? Well, buckle up, ’cause we’re diving deep into the world of pizza perfection, AB style. Get ready to fire up that oven and create a masterpiece that’ll make you the hero of your kitchen!

Now, you might be wondering, why should you make this Homemade Meat Lovers Pizza? Let me break it down for you, fam. We’re talkin’ about the ultimate comfort food experience – a pizza that’s not just a meal but a celebration of flavors. It’s customizable, easy to make, and guaranteed to impress your guests or just satisfy those pizza cravings. Plus, nothing beats the satisfaction of pulling a bubbling, golden pizza out of your own oven. Trust me; this is a culinary adventure worth embarking on.

Ingredients:

For the Pizza Dough:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F/43°C)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled sausage
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup sliced ham
  • 1/4 cup sliced bacon, cooked
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Step-by-Step Guide:

Making the Pizza Dough:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes until it gets all frothy – that means the yeast is alive and kickin’.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. Time to get those hands in there and mix it up until you’ve got a smooth dough.
  3. Flour up a surface, toss that dough down, and knead it for about 5-7 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Now, into a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm spot for 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Preparing the Pizza Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Let that sauce simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  2. Once it’s got that perfect saucy consistency, take it off the heat and let it cool. We’re building flavors here, folks!

Assembling and Baking the Pizza:

  1. Preheat your oven to a blazing 475°F (245°C). If you’ve got a pizza stone, throw it in there during the preheating – we want that crust to crisp up real nice.
  2. Punch down that risen pizza dough; we’re not mad at it; we’re just lettin’ out the excess air. Roll it out on a floured surface to your desired thickness.
  3. Transfer that beautiful dough to a pizza peel or an inverted baking sheet dusted with cornmeal – we’re goin’ pro here.
  4. Spread a generous layer of your homemade pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a little room around the edges – no sauce escaping, we want it all on the pizza!
  5. Sprinkle that shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese evenly over the sauce. Now, the meaty symphony begins!
  6. Distribute the cooked and crumbled sausage, sliced pepperoni, sliced ham, and the real MVP, sliced bacon, on top of the cheese.
  7. Feeling fancy? Throw on some sliced black olives for a little extra somethin’.
  8. Carefully slide that pizza onto the preheated oven or pizza stone – this is where the magic happens. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden, the cheese is bubblin’, and you’re drooling.
  9. Once it’s out of the oven, garnish it with fresh basil leaves for a burst of flavor.
  10. Let it cool for a hot minute before you slice it up and let the flavor fiesta begin.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Cheese Blend: Mix up the cheese game with different blends – mozzarella, cheddar, and even a sprinkle of Parmesan for that extra savory kick.
  • Dough Thickness: Adjust the thickness of the pizza dough to your liking. Thin crust for the crispy lovers and thicker crust for those who enjoy a chewier bite.
  • Preheat the Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated. If you’re using a pizza stone, let it heat up with the oven to ensure that crust perfection.
  • Get Saucy: Don’t be shy with the sauce, but also, don’t drown it. Balance is the key to pizza greatness.

Variations:

  1. BBQ Meat Lovers Pizza: Switch out the traditional sauce for barbecue sauce, and add barbecue chicken, bacon, sausage, and red onions.
  2. Spicy Meat Lovers Pizza: Amp up the heat with sliced jalapeños or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
  3. Mushroom Lover’s Delight: Toss on some sautéed mushrooms for that earthy, umami flavor.
  4. Three-Cheese Meat Lovers Pizza: Bring in a trio of cheeses – mozzarella, cheddar, and feta for a cheesy explosion.
  5. Garlic Lover’s Pizza: Brush the crust with garlic-infused olive oil before adding the toppings for an aromatic twist.
  6. Vegetable and Meat Combo: Achieve the perfect balance with colorful veggies like bell peppers, red onions, and cherry tomatoes.
  7. White Sauce Meat Lovers Pizza: Swap out the tomato sauce for a creamy white sauce for a different flavor profile.
  8. Buffalo Chicken Meat Lovers Pizza: Combine buffalo chicken, bacon, sausage, and a drizzle of buffalo sauce for a spicy kick.
  9. Caprese Meat Lovers Pizza: Add fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil after baking for a refreshing twist.
  10. Pesto Meat Lovers Pizza: Use pesto as the base sauce and top with your favorite meats for a herby delight.

What to Serve With Homemade Meat Lovers Pizza:

  1. Classic Caesar Salad: A crisp salad with Caesar dressing and crunchy croutons.
  2. Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts: Roasted Brussels sprouts with a balsamic glaze for a flavorful side.
  3. Garlic Knots: Soft and buttery garlic knots for extra carb goodness.
  4. Arugula and Parmesan Salad: Peppery arugula combined with shaved Parmesan for a light accompaniment.
  5. Italian Antipasto Platter: Olives, cured meats, cheeses, and pickled vegetables for a taste of Italy.
  6. Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad: A simple salad with ripe tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
  7. Roasted Vegetable Medley: Oven-roasted vegetables seasoned with herbs for a healthy side.
  8. Crispy Calamari: A crunchy and flavorful appetizer to start your meal with a seafood touch.
  9. Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes: Lemon-infused roasted potatoes with a blend of herbs for a savory kick.
  10. Cucumber Avocado Salad: Cool cucumber and creamy avocado combined in a light salad.

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Homemade Meat Lovers Pizza

Ingredients

For the Pizza Dough:

For the Pizza Sauce:

For the Toppings:

Instructions

Making the Pizza Dough:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix the ingredients until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Preparing the Pizza Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper. Simmer the sauce over low heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool.

Assembling and Baking the Pizza:

  1. Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven during preheating. Punch down the risen pizza dough and roll it out on a floured surface to your desired thickness. Transfer the rolled-out dough to a pizza peel or an inverted baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. Spread a generous layer of the homemade pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese evenly over the sauce. Distribute the cooked and crumbled sausage, sliced pepperoni, sliced ham, and sliced bacon on top of the cheese. If you like, add sliced black olives for an extra touch. Carefully transfer the pizza to the preheated oven or pizza stone and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. Once out of the oven, garnish with fresh basil leaves for a burst of flavor. Allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

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