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Monday, April 23, 2012

Hamburger and Goat Cheese Pizza

I don't know if I should be upset or proud about the news I'm about to share with you:  We got in our pool this weekend!  Ok, it was a bit colder than I would have liked it to be... the temperature reads at 70 degrees, although I'm sure it's about 60 the further down you go... When it is 100 degrees outside, 70 feels pretty darn good, though, I must say!  Now, we didn't swim.. it was still a bit too chilly for that, we did, however, lay on floats... it was actually perfect!  As, I said, I don't know if I should be proud or upset... proud because we finally got to use our pool!!  We spent so many summers wishing we had one.. and now we have it!  AND, Chris has put so much work into keeping it clean, I'm sure it gave him a sense of fulfillment!  I should be upset though... I mean, come on.. it's April... and it's 100 degrees............  I'm just sayin'

But enough about me... how about this pizza?  It's simple, it's flavorful - what more can you ask for in a pizza, right?  I actually made this pizza about two weeks ago, but completely forgot about posting it.  I don't know how that happened.. that NEVER happens, trust me.   If I had made this pizza this week, it would have been on the grill, but it was still a bit cooler when I made this, so I decided on the oven method.  If you want a grill method, hit me up via email ( and I'll give you instructions if you need them.  Either way... try this.. it's fantastic!

Hamburger and Goat Cheese Pizza
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
Printable Recipe 
1 14oz dough ball or ready made pizza crust such as Boboli or Pillsbury
1/2 lbs ground beef
2 Anaheim peppers, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Italian herb blend (or use a mixture of oregano, parsley and basil)
3/4 cup pizza sauce
2 1/2 oz crumbled goat cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.  (if you are using a ready made crust, follow the directions on the packaging)

In a skillet, over medium heat, add the ground beef.  Cook for 3 minutes.  Add the peppers and cook another 3-4 minutes or until the beef is cooked through and no longer pink.  Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.  Stir in the red pepper flakes and Italian herb mix.  Remove from heat.

Stretch the dough to desired size on parchment paper.  Spread on the pizza sauce.  Top with meat mixture.  Add the crumbled goat cheese and finish off with mozzarella cheese.  Slide the pizza onto pizza stone and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted.  Carefully remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing.  Enjoy!

One Year Ago:  Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Frosting
Two Years Ago:  Tilapia Oreganata 


Cranberry Morning said...

Sounds fantastic. And I really need to look for a pizza stone. So many times I've thought I should have one. I hope you enjoy your pool. Any reprieve from those 100 degree+ temps would be welcome, I would think! Can you put an umbrella on your float?

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

100 in April?? I too am glad you have a pool otherwise you may have melted :) Goat cheese on a pizza is a happy thing, sounds really tasty! I love the use of Anaheim chilies, those are some of my favorites!!

Mary said...

Your pizza looks delicious. This past wkd was definitely pool floating weather. We BBQ'd with friends last night and it was still hot!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

What a fabulous combination of flavors you added to this pizza, Jenn! It looks so delicious and full of flavor! Great idea for ground beef, too.

Pam said...

I am sure it was wonderful floating around your pool - lucky!

The pizza looks fantastic... great combination of flavors.

Big Dude said...

The pizza looks great and congrats on the pool and I'd sure want one if I lived there - I assume the pics will be along soon?

Blond Duck said...

I've always wanted to make my own pizza!

Mary said...

What fabulous flavors. I know I'd love this pie. I can imagine how much you are enjoying the pool. It is almost a necessity in that climate. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

Lea Ann said...

What a great combination of flavors for a pizza! I'd take a slice and eat it while I'm floating around in your pool! ;)

Chris said...

The pizza looks great, just fantastic, but I am really looking forward to seeing grilling by the pool pics this summer!