While in Minnesota for a friend's wedding, Greg and I had the immense pleasure of getting takeout from Old World Pizza in Inver Grove Heights (a suburb of Minneapolis). The only reason was because they had a Cheeseburger Pizza that included dill pickle slices in the toppings. There wasn't even a question of whether or not we would get it, we just did. And my god, if it wasn't one of the most fantastic pizzas I've ever had (you can find my drooling, glowing review on Yelp). It just goes to show that truly great pizza isn't only found in Chicago or New York, but in the most random places.
Greg and I were anxious to recreate this pizza and decided to give it a try last night. While it was nowhere near as good as the one at Old World Pizza (for several reasons, but one being that we didn't put a pound of mozzarella on it, I'm sure). We don't have a hard and fast recipe, but I'll try my best. I highly recommend creating your own! It'll knock your socks off.....if you're a pickle lover.
-1 premade pizza crust (we used wheat, but use whatever you like)
-1/4 cup tomato sauce
-A few heaping spoonfuls of tomato paste--enough to really thicken the tomato sauce
-1/2 lb ground beef (or slightly less)
-1/4 cup chopped onions
-Garlic (both +/- 1 tsp. minced and the powder-form)
-+/- 1 generous tablespoon Ketchup
-+/- 1 generous tablespoon Mustard (we used a stone ground, because we were out of plain yellow)
-Salt & Pepper
-Dill pickle slices (for hamburgers, the jar will say)
-Grated sharp cheddar (or whatever cheese you want...in the future, we'll add mozzarella)
1. Saute the ground beef and onion together until browned. Drain off excess grease. Set aside.
2. Mix tomato sauce & paste until thick-ish, like a pizza sauce. Add the minced garlic, ketchup, mustard and mix well. Spread sauce on the pizza crust.
3. Add a light sprinkling of cheese on top of the sauce. Spread the ground beef & onion mix uniformly on top of the cheese.
4. Pat your pickle slices dry with paper towel, then add them to the pizza.
5. Tap some garlic powder and Italian Seasoning all across the pizza. Smother with your desired amount of shredded cheese.
6. Bake at 425 for about 12 minutes or until heated through with melty cheese. Mmmm....
-Calories: I don't know and I don't want to know.