Pizza Perfection: The Ultimate Beef and Onion Delight

If you’re a fan of mouthwatering pizza creations, then this recipe is about to become your new favorite. With a generous topping of gooey mozzarella cheese and the sweet, caramelized taste of onions, this beef and onion pizza is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Picture the flavors of a juicy hamburger or cheeseburger, brought to life on a crispy pizza crust. Are you ready to take your pizza night to the next level?

The Ingredients

To create this pizza masterpiece, you’ll need a few key ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough: For the ultimate pizza experience, I highly recommend using my tried-and-true Artisan Pizza Dough recipe. It’s a no-knead dough that uses just four ingredients and can be made with either whole wheat or regular flour. However, feel free to use your favorite store-bought or homemade dough if you prefer.
  • Pizza Sauce: Making your own pizza sauce from tomato paste takes just minutes and adds an extra burst of flavor. But if you have a favorite store-bought sauce, feel free to use that instead.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Opt for block-style mozzarella and shred it yourself for the best melting results.
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef: I recommend using extra lean ground beef to avoid excessive greasiness. However, lean or regular ground beef will work too, just be sure to drain off any excess grease.
  • Yellow Onions: About two cups of sliced yellow onions, or you can dice them if you prefer. Alternatively, you can use white or red onions.

The Method

The preparation of this pizza is surprisingly simple, yet the taste is truly delightful. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cook the beef mixture: In a skillet, combine the ground beef, onions, salt, and pepper. Cook covered over medium heat, stirring often to break up the beef. After 10-15 minutes, the beef should be cooked through and the onions tender.
  2. Assemble the pizza: Roll out your pizza dough on floured parchment or a floured baking sheet. Top it with a quarter cup of sauce, a quarter of the beef mixture (about three-fourths of a cup), and finally, one and a half cups of shredded cheese.
  3. Bake to perfection: If you’re using a pizza stone, transfer the pizza to it by trimming the parchment paper and carefully sliding it onto a pizza peel or the back of a baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the crust turns lightly brown and the cheese melts into a golden delight. Alternatively, if you’re using a baking sheet, simply place it directly in the oven and bake for the same time.
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Leftovers and Storage

In case you have any leftovers (although it’s hard to resist devouring it all in one sitting!), here’s what you can do:

  • Make Ahead: The beef mixture can be cooked up to one day in advance, stored in an airtight container, and kept in the refrigerator.
  • To Store: Let any leftover pizza cool on a wire rack, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Alternatively, you can freeze it for up to three months.
  • To Reheat: For the best results, reheat your pizza in the oven or toaster oven at 400°F for about 5-10 minutes until it’s warmed through.
  • Leftover Beef Mixture: If you don’t plan on making all four pizzas or want to experiment with different flavors, you can store the extra beef mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze it for later use. It’s perfect for making pizzas or even paninis with extra pizza sauce and mozzarella.

Make it Your Own

While this recipe is already a winner, feel free to put your own spin on it:

  • Add More Vegetables: Enhance the flavors by adding sliced bell peppers or shredded carrots to the beef mixture before cooking, or simply sprinkle them on top.
  • Switch Up the Cheese: Experiment with different types of cheese, such as cheddar or gouda, for a unique twist.
  • Use a Different Sauce: For a flavor explosion, try using barbecue sauce instead of pizza sauce to create a delectable barbecue beef pizza.
  • Make Individual Pizzas: Divide the dough into eight portions instead of four and create smaller, individual-sized pizzas. Top each with two tablespoons of sauce, one-eighth of the beef mixture (around one-third to half a cup), and three-fourths to one cup of cheese. The baking time remains the same.
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Serving Ideas

To elevate your pizza experience, consider adding some toppings and dipping sauces:

  • Top your pizza off with: Freshly sliced tomatoes and green onions.
  • Delicious dipping sauces: Santa Fe Ranch, barbecue sauce, or even extra pizza sauce to pair with the crusts.

Looking for side dish ideas? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Caesar Salad
  • Mixed Berry Spinach Salad
  • Crispy Baked Fries
  • Simple Cherry Tomato Soup

Now that you have all the tips and tricks, you’re ready to create your own pizza perfection. Don’t forget to grab your favorite beverage and enjoy every bite of this savory beef and onion delight. Happy pizza-making!