Well, I did it.
Made a “Double Cheeseburger” pizza this afternoon and it pretty much turned out as expected. This might have been a no-brainer for others, but I’ve only recently started making my own pizzas. I mean, I’ve make a pizza from scratch before, but it was the typical “cheese and sausage” type with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese; nothing beyond that. Then there were the chicken Alfredo pizzas, which really began because the local eatery that made them wanted too much for what little food they provided. I thought, “Gee, I can do this,” so I did. And there were the breakfast pizzas, but I gave those up years ago when I realized that the cholesterol was just too much per person.
But this marks a significant departure from what I’ve usually done. And it’s actually pretty good. Lots-o-cheese (hence “double” cheeseburger), but tasty. I use a lot of onion and green bell peppers on those rare occasions now when I cook, and they really help with the flavor. What’s interesting is the Worcestershire Sauce and the Liquid Smoke. When I make hamburgers, I use both – in fact, everything here, save for the cheeses, the cheese sauce, and the crust, is what I incorporate into one of my homemade hamburgers. So it should be no surprise that I would use that as the starting point for my pizza. I can’t say that I’ll make it too often, but when I get tired of tomatoes and tomato sauce, then this will make a decent alternative.
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 small onion
- 1 small green bell pepper
- Seasoned Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper (to taste)
- Worcestershire Sauce (to taste)
- Liquid Smoke (several drops)
- 1 jar Cheddar cheese sauce (I used Ragu)
- Pizza crust
- 2 cups (or more) shredded Mozzarella cheese (I also added shredded Monterrey/Colby blend to mine, so I probably used about 3 cups total)
- Preheat your oven to 350F. (If your pizza dough has different instructions, follow them instead.)
- Brown your ground beef. Add salt and black pepper. Once finished, add Worcestershire Sauce and Liquid Smoke. Mix together as best you can.
- Add chopped vegetables and simmer for a few minutes (to cook them). Add Cheddar cheese sauce and let mixture simmer.
- Meanwhile, prepare your pizza dough and arrange on pan. If dough requires pre-baking, do that before next step.
- Once pizza crust is ready, take meat/cheese mixture and pour onto crust. Spread evenly over crust surface.
- Top with shredded cheese and bake for 15 minutes. If not done, continue to bake in five minute increments, to ensure that it is done but not burned.
- When satisfied, remove pizza from oven (which will be hot; take care), and let cool for several minutes.
- Cut and enjoy. Be careful as the cheese sauce will definitely be hot!
This is, essentially, what I did. Your results may vary. I would, however, be very interested in hearing the experiences of others with this dish. I list “to taste” for some ingredients because these are things that I ordinarily add to excess; not everyone will share my enthusiasm for Worcestershire Sauce, so I don’t want you to feel that it’s a necessary component. If you choose not to add it, so be it. I felt, however, that it would create an interesting taste, and it did.