Takes but a few minutes to make this super tasty Ground Beef Barbecue Pizza! Tried and tested crowd-pleaser. Freezable – assuming there are left-overs.
Before we decided to go on a more gluten-free diet, we really were big Pizza lovers and we still are though we make it more of an occasional treat nowadays. This particular recipe is a favorite of my little boy – William. He was only about 4 or 5 years old (he’s 7 now) when I first made this pizza recipe but even at that young age this already became his favorite. Mind you, he’s been eating curry too even at that age so his taste buds are quite used to diverse taste and textures! This picture tells you a lot about how much he loves this pizza! Surely, his favorite!
The inspiration for this recipe came from a cook book which I have read once at Barnes and Noble. We often go there as a family as my kids love reading so naturally that’s a place for us to hang out during Friday afternoons, after class hours. My kids will check out the books they love (Sophie heads to the Princess’ section as usual and William to any corner with books about Lego or robots – every little boy’s favorite nook I am sure!). Me? Of course, I always browse the Cook Book section, not so much to buy but just to get inspiration for new recipes to try, perhaps learn a thing or two about new ingredients and even check the latest culinary trends. Now I found this book, and I cannot recall what the title is (otherwise I would have heartily given credit to the author/s) – perhaps it’s a book about ground beef recipes (that’s the most I can remember) and this particular recipe which I discovered there I cannot forget. It was not difficult to recall because the recipe was pretty easy to do and with only a few ingredients to remember. So armed with whatever was left on my memory bank, I tried to re-create this simple but quite delicious Barbecue Pizza Recipe. Am pretty sure your family will enjoy this and especially MOM! – after all, the ingredients are pretty much pantry staple (well, if you keep pizza dough at hand all the time!). So here’s a quick Barbecue Ground Beef Pizza for those nights when you fancy Pizza but want to make one at home. I use the store bought pizza crust for this but no one will stop you if you want to make your own too! 🙂
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1 lb / 1/2 kilo ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (10-12 inch) pizza crust, store-bought or homemade*
1 cup barbecue sauce (your choice)*
2 cups of grated cheese (mozarella or sharp cheddar or a combo of both – this is good for 1 pizza crust)
*I often use Sweet Baby Rays but you can use your favorite barbecue sauce or make your own.
Preheat the oven according to the pizza manufacturer’s instruction.
Spray some non-stick cooking oil on a heated frying pan. Brown the ground beef. Crumble with a fork as you brown it to separate the meat. Stir in the chopped onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add the barbecue sauce. Stir it in to ensure that all the meat is coated with the sauce. Simmer on low heat uncovered for about ten minutes. Drain the beef if necessary.
Divide the beef mixture into two (if using two crusts). I usually freeze half of the sauce for later use and only do 1 pizza since we are only a small family of 4.
Spread all but 3 tablespoons of the beef mixture on the pizza crust. Sprinkle the cheese all over the sauce. Use the left-over beef as topping for the pizza, if desired.
Bake in the oven according to the pizza manufacturer’s instruction, if using store-bought pizza (usually at 425-450F for 12-15 minutes). For the homemade fresh pizza dough we use, we do it at 450F for about 15 minutes.
Enjoy a slice or two! Lovely with some salad on the side!
*For homemade pizza crust this is the recipe we use.
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