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Chanie Apfelbaum’s Genius Upgraded Meat Pizzas

Chanie Apfelbaum February 28, 2023

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With Purim coming up, what better way to upgrade the classic meat pizza for your seudah?
I’ve created 3 insanely delicious pizzas that your guests are going to LOVE! Each one is made with frozen pizza dough so you can get right to the fun part – those toppings!
I hope you enjoy!


Pineapple Teriyaki Pizza

Sweet, salty and spicy – what’s not to love? Does pineapple belong on pizza? It does on this one!


3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
16 ounces frozen pizza dough, thawed
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce, plus more for finishing
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained well
2 jalapeno, thinly sliced
1/2 pound oyster steak
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil



1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn a baking sheet upside down and brush with half of the olive oil.

2. Spread the pizza dough out onto the baking sheet into a large rectangle.

3. In a small bowl, combine the BBQ and teriyaki sauce. Brush the mixture over the pizza dough and top with onion, pineapple and jalapeno slices. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and bake for 20 minutes.

4. While the pizza is baking, season the oyster steak with salt and pepper. Heat the grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sear the oyster steak until browned on all sides. Allow the steak to rest for a few minutes, then thinly slice against the grain.

5. Remove the pizza from the oven. Top with sliced steak, drizzle with additional teriyaki sauce and return to the oven for another 3-5 minutes.


Pizza Bassar

Inspired by the popular Middle Eastern dish of hummus bassar, hummus topped with a spiced ground beef mixture, pizza bassar is baked on premade laffa that crisps up into the perfect pizza crust!


1 large shallot
1 cup parsley
3 cloves garlic
2 pounds ground beef
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 laffas
16 ounces prepared hummus
1/4 cup pine nuts
additional parsley, sumac onions (see below), and tahini paste, for serving


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. To the bowl of a food processor, with the S blade attached, add the shallot, parsley and garlic and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the ground beef, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper and mix until incorporated.

3. Brush two parchment lined baking sheets with olive oil and place the laffa in the center. Spread the hummus out onto each of the laffas and top with the ground beef, crumbling it all around the dough.

4. Bake the laffas for 10 minutes, then sprinkle the pine nuts over the top. Continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. until the laffa is crispy and the meat has browned. Transfer the laffas to a rack until ready to serve (otherwise the juices of the meat will make the crust soggy).

5. When ready to serve, drizzle with tahini paste and top with sumac onions (see below) and parsley.

Sumac Onions:

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon sumac

juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Add all the ingredients to a container and marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Fajita Pizza

If you can eat sausage and peppers in a taco, then why can’t you put it on a pizza?


2 (12-ounce) packages sausage (Mexican, kielbasa or your favorite style)
1 red, 1 green, and  1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
pinch cayenne
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
kosher salt, to taste
2 pizza crusts, such as Brooklyn Bred
2 avocados
juice of 1/2 lime
salsa crema and cilantro, for serving

Salsa Crema:

1 cup mayo
1/2 cup salsa
juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 chipotle pepper in adobo + 1 teaspoon adobo sauce


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Slice the sausages on the bias into thick chunks and spread out on the baking sheet. Add the peppers, oil, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, oregano, garlic and salt and stir to combine. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. In a small bowl, mash the avocados and season with lime juice and salt. Blend the salsa crema in a food processor until creamy and set aside.

4. When ready to serve, heat the pizza crusts in a 400 degree oven until crisped. Top with avocado, sausage and peppers and drizzle with crema. Top with cilantro.