Go out of this world with solar system pizzas.
- 1 pound lean ground meat (lamb, chicken or beef)
- 3 slices day-old bread, made into breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint or basil, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
For pizza dough:
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 packet dry yeast (8 grams)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
For pizza topping:
- Fresh tomato sauce (see Stuffed Pasta Shells recipe)
- Meatballs (for the planets; directions below)
- 1 small mozzarella ball (for the sun)
- Grated mozzarella (for the Milky Way/stars)
- Kalamata olives, pits removed and sliced (for the moons)
To make the meatballs:
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using your hands, mix thoroughly.
- Wet your hands and roll mixture into balls, different sizes for different planets.
- Add a little olive oil to a hot frying pan.
- Place balls into frying pan and cook on both sides, until cooked through to the center.
To make the pizza:
- Combine warm water, yeast and honey.
- Cover and place in a warm place until it becomes foamy, about 10-20 minutes.
- In a large bowl add bread flour, salt and olive oil.
- Add yeast mixture. Mix well.
- Turn onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
- Allow to rest, covered in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
- Knead on a floured board and divide into 4 evenly sized balls.
- Roll each ball out to your desired thickness and place on greased oven or pizza trays.
- Top with fresh tomato sauce, meatballs for planets, olives for moons, a small mozzarella ball for the sun and grated mozzarella for the Milky Way/stars.
- Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until the pizza base is golden and the meatballs are well cooked.