Cheeseburger Pizza

When I had my second restaurant, my 3-year old son loved to come in and play with dough and batters. He asked me one day to make him something that no one else could order. I asked him if he had any special ingredients he wanted me to use and here was his list:

Cheese. A big onion, Papa Ginos pizza and that pink salad dressing that Ami (my Mom) makes.

Thus the cheeseburger pizza was born- ala Eric Williams my son and creator. Over the years, my husband and I cannot justify ever eating a McDonald’s big mac, but we enjoy this whim sickle pizza on occasion with an adult accent- prosciutto and smoked mozzarella.

Cheeseburger Pizza

One ball pre made pizza crust dough or pre made flat crust

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 pound lean ground beef or grass fed ground beef

Special sauce (see below)

2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

1 tsp. dried oregano

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Let the pizza dough rest according to package directions.

Press the dough into a 16-inch pizza pan or a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.

In a large skillet, combine the bell peppers and onions. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat. Next, add the ground beef and cook until crumbly and brown. Remove from the heat and drain well.

Spread the mustard over the pizza crust. Top with the beef mixture and mozzarella. Sprinkle with the oregano . Bake until the crust is browned and the cheese melts, about 10 minutes. Top with special sauce

Cut into wedges to serve.

Special sauce

1 cup Hellman’s mayo

2TBSP. ketchup ( I prefer organic so you taste the seasonings)

2 tsp relish

Season with salt and pepper and mix together

As the Culinary Director for ABC 7, I whip up cooking segments on ABC 7 News at Noon, along with recipes, cooking tips, reviews and great food finds on MySuncoast Dining at www.mysuncoast.com