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Personal Beef Pizzas

Personal Beef PizzasRecipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.

Recipe Ingredients:

Italian Style Beef Sausage:
1 pound 80% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/6 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 1/2 cup pizza sauce
4 round thin sandwich breads, any variety, split
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Optional Toppings:
Sliced black or green olives
Sliced red or yellow bell peppers
Sliced red onions

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Italian-Style Beef Sausage: Combine ground beef and seasonings in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
  2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add beef mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Stir in pizza sauce; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently. Keep warm and set aside.
  3. For Pizzas: Place sandwich thins, cut sides up, on rack of broiler pan. Spoon equal amounts of beef mixture on each bread half. Evenly sprinkle with cheese and toppings, as desired.
  4. Place pizzas on rack of broiler pan so surface of cheese is 3 to 4-inch from heat. Broil 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips:

  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef.
  • Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71.1°C).
  • Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 424; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 85mg; Total Carbs: 31g; Fiber: 7g; Protein: 33g; Sodium: 848mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.