I wanted to make a crustless pizza today for lunch yet didn’t want to do my usual Quick Skillet Pizza or a traditional round shape. I thought first about my stick/bar pan, a muffin pan and then my eye caught my donut pans. Light bulb moment. So I decided on making Meatza “Donuts”! They came out so cute and quite delicious as well. These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal. Not suitable for Paleo unless you have a plan-suitable non-dairy cheese. These can be refrigerated or frozen. They would make great portable food for camping or office reheating. Great for a meal or for a late night snack. 🙂
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VARIATION: Add 1 tsp. pizza or meatless spaghetti sauce (lowest carb) before adding toppings.
1 lb. lean ground pork
1/8 tsp. garlic powder (or coarse granulated garlic)
1/2 tsp. fennel seed, crushed
¼ tsp. oregano
1 T. parsley, chopped
3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese
3 T. thin slivers green bell pepper
12 black olives, sliced into 3-4 slices
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. Press meat into two large doughnut pan slots (total 12 slots). It will take about 3 T. per slot and each will be pretty full. if using sauce, smear 1 tsp. atop each “donut”. Add 1 T. mozzarella cheese atop each “donut” trying to keep in on the meat and not all over the pan. It’s actually not easy to do. 🙂 Push any roaming bits of cheese back onto the meat. 🙂 Then put 4-5 slivers green pepper on each one. Slice the olives into 3-4 slivers and put 3-4 slices onto each “donut”. Finally sprinkle 1 tsp. Parmesan over each circle. Press each on top slightly to seat the toppings well into the meat. To maintain the donut shape, take your finger and push any cheese off the center post of each form.
Pop pan into middle shelf of oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly browned on top. Meat should also be done at that juncture. Remove pans from oven and walk over to sink and tip each pan slightly to drain off most excess grease and juices that bled out during cooking. Using a knife, loosen each donut with a knife point, lift out of pan and place them on your serving platter. ENJOY!
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 12 Meatza “Donuts”, each contains: (two filled us up nicely)
11 g fat
0.89 g carbs, 0.21 g fiber, 0.68 g NET CARBS
9.9 g protein
158 mg sodium