I saw a picture on Instagram the other day of someone who had used an eggplant slice for a pizza base, instead of using a flour-based crust. I thought it was so brilliant! Then I thought about it some more, and I decided that if I could use a piece of meat they'd be like little protein pizzas. I love sausage pizza, why not use sausage as the base? Wham bam thank you ma'am the Meatza idea was born. Basically it's just a sausage patty, topped with tomato sauce (I used Muir Glen- it's organic and honestly just the best tasting sauce you can buy), fresh mozzarella cheese (or skip if you don't do dairy), and your choice of pizza toppings. They were fun to make and fun to eat! I just set all the ingredients out so everyone could make their own little meatzas, then we baked them in the oven long enough to let the cheese melt and chowed down. THEY WERE SO GOOD. Who needs pizza crust when you have sausage? Not me. Although I will be in Chicago in about a week and half and you really can't fault me if I eat a traditional pizza there. Chicago pizza is ridiculously divine. But on a normal daily basis, I'll take a meatza ;) For toppings we had mini pepperonis, some diced green peppers, and some pico de gallo (onions, jalapenos, tomatoes). Other toppings that I think would be phenomenal: anchovies, bacon (pig on pig? why not.), mushrooms, olives, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, pineapple, etc. etc. Really just whatever you & your family usually like on your pizza works great here. If you're not a sausage fan, why not use a ground beef patty, or ground chicken or ground turkey for that matter!
Ingredients: (This fed 4 grown people!)
16 cooked sausage patties
Choice of tomato sauce
Fresh mozzarella, cut into small slices
Choice of pizza toppings (we used pico de gallo, peppers, & pepperoni!)
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set out a little station for your meatza making. Top sausage patty with tomato sauce.
Step 2: Top with mozzarella and choice of pizza toppings.
Step 3: Line 'em up on a baking sheet and bake in pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until your cheese is good and melty.