A Great Saturday Lunch


Saturdays are usually a day for a casual lunch.  Today I decided to make a family favorite, beef and  pineapple pizza.  I’m a lover of beef and all things tropical so this works for me.  Being that I was born in a tropical climate I’m naturally biased when it comes to anything with tropical flavors(pineapple, coconut, mangoes), so pineapple on my pizza is the absolute best topping.   One of the things I love about pizza, besides being yummy or cheesey, is the fact that you can top it with whatever you like.

When I decided upon pizza for lunch I realized I needed find a great crust.  In the past I’ve tried recipes that came out tasting too “yeasty”.  I searched online and wasn’t satified so I turned to my collection of cookbooks and I came across my The Best of Gourmet cookbook and they had this great pizza crust recipe.    I decided to try it and was pleased, in my opinion this is great pizza crust.  I’m no Italian mama so I didn’t have a pizza stone or a brick oven, so I made my on a round pizza pan in mine oven and the results were great.  Enjoy!!


Beef and Pineapple Pizza

Pizza crust adapted from The Best of Gourmet

1 (1/4 oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 tsp crushed garlic

1/2 tsp italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb mozzarella sliced or shredded

1/2 cup pizza sauce

1/2 cup pineapple tidbits

1/3 pint grape tomatoes, halved

To make dough stir together yeast, 1 tbsp flour and 1/4 cup warm water and let stand until it foams, about 5 minutes.  If the mixture doesn’t foam, discard and use fresh yeast.  Stir 1 1/4 cup flour and salt in a large bowl.  Add yeast mixture, oil and 1/2 cup warm water and stir until smooth.  Add remaining flour and stir together.  This dough will be wetter than other pizza doughs.  Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 mins.  Lightly flour hands to prevent sticking while kneading.  Place in a bowl, cover with a towel and allow to double, about 1 1/2 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To make crust, don’t roll the dough, stretch the dough with your hands until the dough forms a 14 inch circle.

To make topping, mix ground beef, Italian seasoning, crushed garlic, salt and pepper together.  Brown meat in 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Stir meat to break up into smaller pieces.   Spread spaghetti sauce over the top of the pizza dough leaving a 1 inch border.  Spread mozzarella cheese over the spaghetti sauce, then sprinkle ground meat,  pineapple and grape tomatoes.

Bake until golden brown and cheese is bubbling about 15 to 20 mins.




  1. July 11, 2009 / 11:31 pm


    I don’t have a recipe for the white fudge. Sorry.

  2. July 12, 2009 / 6:02 am

    Anyone who loves a Hawaiian (ham and pineapple) will probably give your twist a try. I love the cherry/grape tomatoes, am thinking heirloom would be even better.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. JehanP
    July 12, 2009 / 6:14 am

    awww…nobody seem to know how to make it. I will keep searching. Thx

  4. July 12, 2009 / 6:30 am

    This looks delicious! I’ll have to add this to our topping rotation for our weekly Friday night pizza. The pizza crust I make is very similar to yours, with the exception that I substitute a small amount of whole-wheat flour for the AP flour, and I add 1 tsp of honey or sugar to the yeast/water combo to feed the yeast.

  5. July 12, 2009 / 12:47 pm

    I am going to try this with textured soy protein. I cannot help the picture calling me. I am all about the tropical flavours. I would like you to dosome dessert style pancakes.

  6. cristal
    April 26, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    good day my pc wont let me send u a message so sry i hav to comment nice pizza. i wud lik to kno if u hav a recipe for corn bread and or rice cakes. thz u

  7. JehanP
    April 27, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Cristal I don’t not have a recipe for cornbread or rice cake.