The Ultimate Meat-Lovers Pizza

Posted December 1, 2015 by Stephanie
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Happy December! I’m so excited it’s finally here: the perfect month to cozy up, listen to Christmas music, and eat pizza. When I was a kid I had an obsession with pepperoni pizza. The thing is, I didn’t eat it all the time – nope, I was obsessed with it because I never got to eat it. My parents’ pizza of choice was always Hawaiian. And while I loved (and still love) the combination of savory ham and sweet pineapple on pizza, I wanted a taste of the unknown. I wanted what I didn’t have.

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Because we never deviated from the old standard of ham and pineapple, it wasn’t until I was well into my teens that I discovered other types of pizza. But once I realized the wide wide world of pizza, I never looked back. I loved pepperoni, but I wasn’t satisfied with just those little rounds of meat – not when there was meat-lovers pizza to be had.

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Of course, meat lovers pizza – or any pizza for that matter – isn’t pizza without cheese. You’ve got to have an ooey gooey base for all your toppings to meld into. As such, this pizza is loaded with about equal parts Canadian cheese and meats. It’s truly a feast for the meat – and cheese – lover in your life. Hope you’re staying warm and cheesing it up!

PS – I’m in Europe right now, If you want to peek at what I’ve been eating, check out my Instagram!

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The Ultimate Meat-Lovers Pizza Recipe
makes 1 pizza

  • 1 ball of no-knead pizza dough
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup pizza sauce, depending on how saucy you like your pizza
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded Canadian mozzarella
  • 8-10 slices pepperoni
  • 1-2 slices of ham, cut into small squares
  • 2 slices of crispy bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 link spicy sausage, removed from casing and browned
  • 1/2 cup browned ground beef
  • Canadian parmesan cheese, to finish
  • red pepper flakes, to serve

Arrange a rack in middle of oven and preheat to its hottest setting, 500°–550°.

Lightly oil a cast iron pan and dust lightly with cornmeal, if desired. Or, lightly oil and dust a baking sheet. Shape dough into a circle, pushing gently until fairly thin. Spread on the sauce almost to the edges and sprinkle on the garlic. Top generously with the shredded mozzarella, followed by all the meats. Grate on parmesan to taste then place in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is puffy, crisp and slightly blistered. Enjoy immediately with red pepper flakes.

Notes: I had a lot of these meats in the fridge already – I typically have a bunch of odd bits and pieces of cooked meat so it wasn’t too long or too difficult for me to put this together. It does take a bit more time if you have to cook all of your meats before hand. Feel free to substitute in with whichever meats you have on hand.

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  1. normally, i’m the person who doesn’t go for the meat lover’s; i like plenty of veggies and pesto and sundried tomatoes and pineapple. but no one ever turns down bacon, and i’m thinking of a particularly juicy (read: fatty) brand of hot links that i know would go perfectly on this!

  2. Synnøve says:

    I need to make this for my boyfriend! have fun in Europe! :)

    1. Greg says:


      1. Anonymous says:

        no u

      2. Maria says:

        Greg the loser guy gets mad when he sees other ppls relationship.

        1. liam says:

          no u

          1. steve says:

            your the biggest loser

          2. bruh says:


  3. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! You’ve just made my pizza craving so much worse.. The meat/cheese ratio looks perfect.

  4. Emma says:

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazing!

    Just out of interest, do you ever make your own pizza dough? We’ve started to at home but have had very mixed results. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth the bother…

  5. Medeja says:

    I love meat lovers pizza! This one looks just irresistible!

  6. Kristina says:

    This is so funny, about you wishing pepperoni pizza (don’t order it in Europe though – only if you like a pizza with spicy peppers). This pizza looks delicious!

  7. Kari says:

    I’ll take a slice!

  8. cynthia says:

    I just want to sit and stare at that cover photo all day long. And ideally eat it. This is heaven, Steph!!! Hope you and Mike are having the best time in Europe right now :D:D:D

  9. Heather says:

    Wow this pizza looks amazing! ???

  10. Erica says:

    My man would die of happiness from this pizza. That bubbly cheese looks AMAZING and homemade pizza is almost always the answer anyways. Beaut.

  11. Alana says:

    GAHHHH perfection. I want to dive into that hero shot, head first, mouth wide open!!

  12. This pizza is really speaking to me!! Looks delicious!

  13. Nikki says:

    yummers!!! Another great looking dish.

  14. stoner says:

    Just ordered a meat lover’s and was looking for a recipe to make my girl happy some time. Seems to be a yummy one. And all you need is cheese? Fuck, that’s right! T.Hanks! ;)

  15. Davide says:

    Do you really eat that…..naaa, i cannot call it pizza. Sorry guys, but like most of humans with a working sense of taste what i saw looks to me like an hamburger made of garbage.
    First: “it’s NOT pizza without cheese” sounds like “it’s not a steak without 5 inches of ketchup”.
    Come and visit Italy. You’ll discover a world of possibilities.
    Second. Meat lovers pizza is the most hawful depravation i ever met abroad. (after i ate a slice i decided to abandon pizza in USA. Hamburgers, thank you!)
    Third. Cooking is measure. Right amount of right things. Like painting : you might love classic art of reinaissance, or you might like modern art. But you can’t cover the canvas with 10 kgs of paint and pretend you are a painter.

  16. David MacIsaac says:

    To Davide from Dave.

    Please give us an example of an Italian Alternative.

  17. Davide says:

    …to what? to this receipe?
    From the easiest to the most complicated:
    Simple tomatoes, garlic, olive oli (marinara)
    Tomato, capers and anchovies
    White pizza with olives
    White pizza with sausage
    Tomato, mozzarella, basil (margherita)
    Tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms, ham (4 stagioni)
    ….ten thousands other pizzas.
    Plus all the other regional variants.
    …by the way, if you think that “no cheese” means “simple” you are wrong again: another delice i just discovered is made of sliced mushrooms, cooked spinachs, little garlic, sausage, scrambled eggs….

  18. bob says:

    this is cool LOLZ

  19. Grace says:

    You did this on my birthday!

  20. Davey says:

    Please that elitist moron davide he is not nearly as cultured as his overblown ego makes him think he is he is just a food nazi and a bigot italy does not own the rights to pizza. In Britain they put corn on it are they wrong too!!?? I personally am a meatatarian I hate vegetables unless accompanied by lots of meat and most pizzas have cheese if he hates the quisine of america please stay away life is too short for a petty hypocrite. The more meat the better and lots of cheese davide is a fool and a child I will try this recipe btw what is Canadian cheese color , ? Texture? Happy Thanksgiving if you are back in canada it is 2019 December.

    1. Davide says:

      …i’ve not offended anyone. Anyway, thank you. Have you already discovered the existence of opposable thumbs? When you’ll reach this amazing thing call me. Britains have their on problems with italian food. Let them be. Have a nice life. And take care of your coronary. The food nazi.

  21. TISHA says:

    is it 500 degrees celsius or fahrenheit

    1. Stephanie says:

      it’s 500°F :)

  22. Jennifer R says:

    It looks yummy, but the correct name is “Meat Lover’s Pizza” – a “meat lovers pizza” would be cannibalism

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