Pizza of the Month: Meats

Arugula Sausage Beef Pizza
Recipe courtesy of Burke (burkecorp.com)

1 14” pizza shell
1 tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 medium tomato, sliced and roasted
4 oz. seasoned ground beef
4 oz. Spicy Italian Sausage
2 oz. Parmesan cheese
½ c. arugula, torn

Brush olive oil evenly over pizza shell, up to ½” from the edge. Evenly layer the pizza shell with mozzarella, tomatoes, beef and sausage. Place in preheated oven and bake at 450° for 12 to 18 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown. Remove from oven and top with Parmesan cheese and arugula.

The Meat Market
From tofu and tempeh to seitan and texturized vegetable protein, alternatives to beef, chicken and pork abound, but to diehard carnivores, there really is no substitute for meat. A meat-packed pizza comes loaded with flavors, textures and belly-filling thrills that can’t be duplicated by even the heartiest blend of vegetables. Many of your guests might even feel that a pizza isn’t a pizza if it doesn’t come topped with pepperoni or ham. Of course, pizzerias should always offer a diverse menu with options for vegetarians and vegans, but meat lovers will likely always outnumber the herbivores in your pizzeria. So take a cue from the following pizzerias and sink your teeth into the profitable meat market:

Pork lovers at Carbone’s Pizzeria (carbonespizza.net) in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, can pig out on the Meat Eaters Pizza, featuring pepperoni, Canadian bacon, salami, sausage and bacon bits.
Carnivores always feel welcome at North Attleboro, Massachusetts’ Big Red Pizzeria (bigredpizzeria.com), which offers, among its many meat-centric pies, the Cadillac Steak Cheese Pizza, made with steak, capicola, Genoa salami and pepperoni, along with onions, green peppers and mushrooms.

Mister Pizza (misterpizzaelmwood.com), located in Buffalo, New York, serves up the Mister Four-in-One, a single pie divided into four sections, each with a different meat—sausage, chicken, shrimp and steak—plus onions, sweet peppers, mushrooms and three cheeses.

If four meats aren’t enough for you, try the Meat Monster at G&P Pizzeria (gppizzeria.com) in Chester, New Hampshire. It comes loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, Virginia smoked ham, Genoa salami, Italian meatballs, capicola, mortadella and maple-smoked bacon.