Meatball and Ricotta Pizza



Delicious Meatballs

This delicious meatball and ricotta pizza is great to make on the weekend.  It is rich with pizza sauce and topped with our delicious fried meatballs.

Adding dollops of ricotta cheese and fresh mozzarella only enhances the flavor of this pizza.  The San Marzano tomatoes that top this pizza are seasoned with thyme, oregano and basil to give the pizza even more flavor.

San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of plum tomatoes most consider the best tomatoes in the world.  This pizza is excellent with nice bottle of Montepulciano wine.

Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 cup of grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup of flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:

  • In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients above except the olive oil.
  • Using your hands, roll the meat into 3/4 inch balls.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Fry the meatballs for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side until the meatballs are golden brown.

Makes around 12 to 16 mini-meatballs

Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Basic Pizza Dough
  • 2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic,chopped
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of basil
  • 1 28oz can of whole San Marzano, tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs of butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 8 portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 12 -16 meatballs
  • 2 cups of ricotta
  • 2 8oz balls of fresh di bufala mozzarella, drained, dried and sliced.

Preparation:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees
  • On a greased baking dish roll the dough out into a round crimping the edges to form a crust.
  • In a medium size saucepan, saute the garlic, thyme, oregano and basil in the olive oil for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and mix together.  Heat through for 2 minutes.
  • Spread the tomato mixture over the pizza.
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • In a small frying pan, saute the onions and mushrooms in the oil and butter until the onions a translucent.
  • Top tomatoes with with onions mixture.
  • Add the meatballs all over the pizza.
  • Add dollops of ricotta all over the pizza.
  • Add the sliced mozzarella.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crisp


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