Sunday, August 22, 2010

Meatza and Bacon-Wrapped Sausage

I have a few new recipes to share and a week's worth of WODs to catch you up on, but last night's meal really just needs to take precedence...I present you with "Meatza"! Our friends, Bill and Becky, invited us over for a feast and did not disappoint. I had actually never tried "Meatza" before, but had been curious, as I have seen recipes on other websites. Thank you, Bill and Becky, for this fabulous meal!!!

This concoction takes about 1.5lbs grass-fed ground beef (you could also use lamb, buffalo...or your favorite ground meat) and 3 whisked eggs, layered with sauce (they used marinara on one, garlic cream sauce on another), layered with veggies, topped with cheese...yeah...this was pretty crazy good!

My favorite was the "Meatza" pictured below:

Here's what they did:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. In a bowl, combine ground beef and whisked eggs (add fresh herbs and/or garlic, if desired).
  3. Spread the ground beef and egg mixture in an oven-proof dish or baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle with dried herbs and sea salt. 
  5. Transfer pan to preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until cooked.
  6. Remove from oven and top "crust" with veggies and then cover with shredded cheese. 
  7. Transfer back to oven and bake another 10 minutes. Increase oven to broil and broil until cheese is browned and bubbly. 
  8. Call or text and we'll bring the wine!

The last step is crucial! :)

These were cooking away on the stove...but, I'm not sure we actually ate them...were these under all that cheesy deliciousness!?

Becky's daughter and her boyfriend created this sausage beauty...check out the lattice-work!
"Bacon-Wrapped Sausage":

Try this, thinly sliced, on your "Meatza"!

I actually limit my dairy intake to occasional goat cheese and random snackings of raw (unpasturized) goat's and/or sheep's milk cheeses, but when you'r presented with something like this "Meatza" can you resist!? I can not wait to recreate this recipe! Or, even invited to enjoy it at Bill and Beckys' house, again! :) FYI...Bill made that sausage creation (lovingly referred to as "Bacon Explosion") again, this time adding thinly sliced yams into the mix...ummm...YUM!!! I'm just curious...why no invite!? Was it the dancing!? 

Have you tried "Meatza"? 


Trixie said...

Hey Jen,
Random question,but what is your take on fruits in the Paleo diet? Do you feel they need to be limited? I hear many different opinions. Some say fruit causes added body fat (by raising insulin levels). Would love to hear your experience.

jencereghino said...

Hi Trixie!

When I began eating Paleo I relied too heavily on nuts, seeds, and dried fruits; this resulted in a little extra puff/squishiness around my midsection. I was experimenting with "paleo-friendly" baking and discovered that the mass amounts of fruit and nuts left me not only with the puffiness, but a little skin blotchiness, as well. Since I began limiting the two (nuts and fruit), I have not had this issue. Dried fruits, especially, are crazy high in sugar, as the sugars concentrate during, I would say definitely limit or avoid them completely.

I think that after an intense workout, where your body is left feeling drained, a handful of nuts and a small amount of dried fruit can be good. I have found dried cherries (just cherries...unsweetened with no oil) that I like to pair with walnuts and raw pumpkin seeds, on occasion, but other than that I try to stay away from them. I have a problem controlling myself with dried mangoes, so I don't even buy them anymore. :)

I hope that helps!

Trixie said...

Yes, that does help! I notice I feel best by having 1 serving of fruit per day,usually at breakfast.

Anonymous said...

kinda good.