The Mighty Meatball Pie
Recipe and photo provided by U.S. Pizza Team
director Brian Hernandez
8 oz. dough
8 oz. pizza sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 c. ( 4 oz.) cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ c. green onions, chopped
12 fully cooked meatballs (1/2 oz.), halved
1 c. ( 4 oz.) mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 425°. Place rolled-out dough on a pizza stone
or a lightly oiled pizza pan. Spread your pizza sauce. Add
mixture of Parmesan, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese and arrange meatballs. Sprinkle moz-
zarella cheese and top with green onions. Bake at 425° for 12
to 15 minutes. Makes a 12” pie.
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•;Create attention-grabbing names for your meatball pizzas, such as the Meatball Monster, Great
Meatballs of Fire (for spicy recipes) or the Mama
Mia Meatball Pie.
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spotlighting a magician who entertains from table
to table and a menu featuring meatball pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, and meatball subs.
The Magnificent Meatball
Like pizza making, creating the perfect meatball is an art
unto itself. Fried or baked, grilled or braised, made with
beef, pork or turkey, meatballs can be served as a main
course, in a hero sandwich or paired with spaghetti to the
delight of children (and adults!) everywhere. But meatball
pizzas have gained in popularity as well in recent years, with
styles ranging from sweet and spicy Greek meatballs made
with lamb to hearty Tex-Mex creations packed with meaty
heat. Some adventurous types have even experimented with
Swedish meatball pies. Just remember that large meatballs
tend to weigh down the crust—many chefs prefer to cut
their meatballs into smaller slices. Here are some examples
of meatball pizzas in restaurants across the country:
The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits ( therockwfp.com),
with locations in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, sampled The Who in naming its Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy
meatball pie. It starts with a tomato sauce base and, in addition to meatballs, features a generous helping of pepperoni,
sweet sausage, peppered bacon, ham and mozzarella.
Meats of all types reign supreme on the Godfather pie
at Angelina’s Pizzeria ( ginospasta.com/angelinaspizzeria.
htm), located in Salinas, California. In addition to meatballs, the Godfather boasts pepperoni, salami, Canadian
bacon and sausage.
Alaskans love their meatballs, too, particularly the Meatball Parmesan pizza at Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
( moosestooth.net) in Anchorage. It comes loaded with
meatballs in marinara sauce, mushrooms, black olives and
green peppers, plus mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan, fresh
basil and garlic oil.
The Meatball Pomodoro Fresco comes highly recommended at Regina Pizzeria ( reginapizzeria.com) in Boston.
In addition to Regina’s special meatball recipe, it’s prepared
with marinated tomatoes and mozzarella, plus Romano
and Parmesan cheeses, and finished with garlic sauce and