While I was recently searching the interwebs for the answer of why I suck so bad at taking food photos, I came across a fun fact: lots of food bloggers take photos of their food cold (like soup) because it looks better, or don’t even use the real food at all. For example, they scoop mashed potatoes for a photo instead of ice cream! WHAT?!
Here I am rushing to take a photo before it gets cold, cause I’m scoffing it five minutes later.
This made me feel a little bit better about my totally real photos of food I actually eat. But damn to hell my lack of natural light. And, uh, my 3am recipe-making binges in my yellow-lit kitchen. Balls.
Speaking of food I consume five minutes later, I literally just finished eating this pizza less than ten minutes ago. It’s one of my favorite recipes. I know I say that all the time, but it’s true! I think this recipe is going to be in demand often around here.
This quite literally tastes like a complete fourth of July BBQ in every squee-inducing bite. So if nobody invited you to any BBQs this year ’cause they’re a bunch of jerks, then you can rest easy knowing this pizza is here for you. Always. Or, if you’re missing summer when it’s 20 degrees out in January, it’s here for you. In fact, it’s always here for you because hotdogs and hamburgers are the ultimate comfort food.
It takes a little while, but I promise it’s worth the work!
- 1lb grass-fed ground beef
- 2 organic uncured beef hot dog
- 1.5 cups 4-cheese median blend
- 1.5 cups shredded cheddar
- 1/4 tablespoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tbsp organic thousand island dressing
- 1 cup chopped romaine
- 2 tbsp yellow onions
- 2 tbsp chopped dill pickle
- 1/2 cup shredded american cheese (you can get a little block from the deli or cheese shop)
- low-sugar ketchup to taste (1g of carbs or less)
- mustard to taste
- Over medium heat in a medium frying pan glazed with olive oil, add 1 cup cheese blend evenly over skillet in a circle, then on top, 1 cup shredded cheddar. Make even. (the 4-cheese blend will keep it from sticking to the pan). Cheese should sizzle when it’s added.
- After 5 minutes, use a spatula to lift the edges and underneath of the pizza, and slide out onto a flat surface, like a cutting board. Allow to cool.
- Repeat again, for the second pizza crust. Set both crust aside.
- Add 2 tbsp thousand island dressing to both crusts. Use a spoon to evenly smooth it around.
- With your leftover skillet, add 1lb hamburger and cook until browned.
- Once browned, add paprika, sea salt, ground black pepper, old bay seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and 2 tbsp water. Mix and set to simmer on low.
- Chop hot dogs into slices and add to the mix.
- Simmer for about five minutes.
- Meanwhile, add chopped lettuce to your pizza crust.
- Chop your pickles, onions, shred your american cheese, and set aside.
- On top of lettuce, add about a cup of the hamburger / hotdog mixture to each pizza crust and spread evenly (more, if you want).
- Add chopped onions and chopped pickles.
- Drizzle ketchup and mustard on top.
- Sprinkle with shredded american cheese.
- Tomatoes are a bit high in carbs, but feel free to add them if you like!
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