Mediterranean Style Pizza Recipe

Pizza - Greek Style. Photo © Lynn Livanos Athan
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 pizza
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This Mediterranean pizza recipe is reminiscent of a pizza my Grandmother used to make for us. She would layer meat sauce on top of a crust that was thick, like focaccia, and then she would load it up with whatever vegetables she had available to her.

If you don't have time to make your own pizza crust, feel free to substitute a prepared crust instead.

What You'll Need

  • For the crust:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast (rapid-rise if available)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup warm (110 degrees F) water
  • olive oil for brushing

  • For the topping:
  • 1 lb. ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 8 oz. artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled

How to Make It

Make the crust:

In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add the oil and warm water and mix well. If making by hand, turn dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 10 minutes. By machine, knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.

Shape dough in to a ball and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before rolling out.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly grease a round pizza pan (I use a 15 x 2 inch pan) with olive oil. Roll out the dough and press into the pan. Allow it to rest again for about 10 to 15 minutes. Brush the crust with olive oil before adding the toppings.

Prepare the topping:

Brown the ground meat over medium high heat in a saute pan until all pink disappears. Add the onion and sautee until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add cumin, tomato paste, water, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 5 - 10 minutes, uncovered.

Bake the pizza:

Layer the meat sauce on the pizza crust. Top with spinach, artichokes, mushrooms, tomatoes, and Feta cheese. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until crust edges are nicely browned and cheese crumbles have melted.