A Carnivore's Paradise

There is a trend among pizza recipes, especially those aspiring to be gourmet. These pizzas tend to be a little…snooty, a little fru fru perhaps. While there is nothing wrong with that per se, there is also nothing wrong with devouring a huge mouthful of meat with every bite. However, you can’t just pour a ton of meat onto a crust and expect the pizza to work. Even a manly man’s dream pizza requires some balance and forethought. In the end, you end up with something like this pizza, which has the soul of a gourmet pie with the toppings of a carnivore’s paradise.

Ingredients for a Macho manly meat pizza

  • 1 medium pizza crust

For the sauce:

  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil

For the cheese:

  • 1 cup mozzarella

For the toppings:

  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, spicy or mild (not breakfast sausage), crumbled
  • 1/4 pound ground hamburger, browned
  • 1/2 pound flank steak
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced ham
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced white onion

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (if you are using a packaged crust, you may use the temperature specified on the package).
  2. If you're using a mix, prepare your crust according to package directions. When it is ready, bake it for 10 minutes, or until it starts to set. If you are not using a packaged crust, it doesn't need to be pre-baked.
  3. While you are pre-baking, brown both the sausage and the hamburger together over medium-high heat; scoop out the hamburger and sausage and pour in the tomato sauce, garlic powder, and basil; stir to mix and bring to a boil; set aside.
  4. While the hamburger and sausage are browning, take the flank steak out of the refrigerator. When it's at about room temperature, sprinkle it liberally with salt and pepper.
  5. Next, put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and get it hot over medium-high heat; add the flank steak and cook it 2 minutes per side; place it in the oven (which should still be at 350 degrees F) to finish cooking, about 8 minutes for medium rare; then cut into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Assemble the pizza by spreading a good amount of sauce on the pizza, adding the ham, sausage, and hamburger, then spreading the cheese over those meats, and finishing with the flank steak and onions.
  7. Bake until the cheese is melted.

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