A very simple recipe for happy smiles and warm tummies on a cold winter's day.
1 lb lean ground round ( I sautéed onions and mushrooms to add to meat mix)
Salt to taste
1 can (15 oz) chunky Italian style tomatoes,
1 can (10 oz) refrigerated pizza dough,
6 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Broken bits of cooked bacon to top cheese ... optional
1 cooking spray,
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Cook salted meat in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just browned, stirring until it crumbles. Don't over-cook. Drain, if necessary, and return to skillet. ( Add cooked onions and mushrooms at this point) Add tomatoes and cook until heated through. A little pinch of oregano or basil at this point might add some zip but is not necessary.
While meat cooks, coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Unroll pizza crust dough and press into bottom and halfway up sides of the baking dish. Fill the pizza crust with meat mixture.
Bake uncovered for 12 minutes. Top with cheese and bake another 5 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese melts. Top with cooked bacon.
Cool 5 minutes before serving.
It's a quick dish you can make in less than an hour but looks so golden delicious, you feel like a gourmet chef. Feel free to add other toppings.