Lately I've been craving comfort foods, basics, things from childhood. JJ and I were both in the mood for pizza, so I made a batch of my standard dough, and used half for dinner last night. I had a pound of frozen local grass fed beef in the freezer, and decided to use it for something really good and special. I don't really like to eat beef (because of both ethics and taste), but local grassfed beef is a great alternative for the occasional dinner. We always ate meatball pizza in NY, but I rarely ever see it in Ohio or Indiana, so I decided to go for it. I probably should have made the meatballs a few hours ahead of time because they didn't have much time to cool and crumbled a bit, but they were delicious with a big batch of homemade marinara on a fresh, chewy but crisp crust!
NY Style Meatball and Mushroom Pizza
1 package active dry yeast
1 tbsp. honey or sugar
1 c. warm water
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
1 tbsp. EVOO
(extra water or flour to reach desired dough)
2 tbsp. EVOO
1 yellow onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c. white wine
5 oz. organic tomato paste (less 2 tbsp. in meatballs
1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
1 28 oz. can organic crushed tomatoes Salt and pepper
1 tbsp. dried Italian herbs
Pinch crushed red pepper
1/2 lb. ground beef (local, grassfed preferred)
1/4 c. breadcrumbs
1 egg white
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
8 oz. shredded fresh mozzarella
1 tsp. Penzey's Pizza seasoning
Prepare the crust first:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, yeast and honey.
Let it sit for 10 minutes. Add the flour, salt and EVOO.
Using the dough hook, knead the dough for 10 minutes. Cover and set aside.
Prepare the sauce:
Heat a soup pot over medium head, add EVOO, onion and garlic.
Sweat for 5 minutes, add wine, reduce.
Add tomatoes and seasonings, taste and adjust.
Bring to a simmer, cook for at least 20 minutes.
Prepare the meatballs:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Mix all ingredients except the beef in a bowl.
Add the beef and gently toss to mix.
Form into 4-5 balls, place on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Cool and slice.
Turn the oven up to 450 degrees.
Roll the dough, place on a pizza pan.
Spoon the sauce over the crust, top with mushrooms and meatballs.