Norwegian Pizza

 

This is the pizza I grew up with in the 80s. Often eaten with the family on Friday or Saturday evening in front of the TV watching some kind of quiz show.

I introduced it to my kids, and much to my surprise they loved it and keep asking for it.
I was surprised because I figured they would prefer the thin Italian version which they know oh so well, but no.
Even my Swiss husband likes this Norwegian pizza although he calls it “meat pie”.
Why don`t you give it a try?

Ingredients

Large pizza crust:

* All purpose flour- 2 cups + 1/6 cup
* Dry yeast- 1 1/2 tsp
* Warm water- 3/4 cup
* Salt- 1/2 tsp
* Olive oil- 1 tbsp

Ground beef sauce:

* Olive oil
* 500 g Ground beef
* 2 garlic cloves
* 1 teaspoon paprika powder
* 1/2 cumin powder
* Black pepper
* 1-2 bx canned tomatoes
* 2 teaspoons oregano spice
* Salt, to taste

Toppings:

* Red pepper, chopped in squares
* Red onion, chopped
* Jarlsberg or Mozzarella cheese, grated- generous amount to sprinkle on the pizza.

How to make this dish

In a large bowl, combine yeast and warm water let stand for 10 minutes.
Add the salt and oil to the yeast solution.
Slowly add the flour and knead it in.

It will be sticky in the beginning, after you add the entire flour you’ll find it easy to knead.
Knead the dough well, it should be soft and smooth, don’t add too much flour and make it a hard dough.
Cover the bowl of dough with a towel, keep aside for min. 30 minutes.

The dough should now have doubled in size.
Knead the dough once again and let it sit for a minute.

Heat a large pan over medium heat, add oil.
Add the ground beef and break the lumps, cook till the pink color is gone.

Add paprika powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper and salt.
Mix well and fry for a few minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.
Don’t cook till the liquid dries out, it should be a thick sauce.

Place the ground beef sauce in a bowl and set aside.

In the same pan used for cooking the ground beef, add the chopped vegetables (you could also add mushrooms, jalapeno etc).
Add black pepper and salt to it and saute the vegetables for 2 minutes.
Don’t over cook the vegetables, they should be slightly tender.

Preheat the oven to 220 °C.

Grease the pizza pan/ baking pan with little olive oil or use parchment paper.
Place the dough on it and using your hands you could stretch the dough to a round-ish shape or use a rolling pin to roll it.
Let the dough rest in pan for about 15 minutes.

Grate the cheese.
Spread the prepared ground beef sauce over the rolled dough evenly.
Top with vegetables and grated cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, keeping the pan on the lower rack of the oven.

TIP

Wikipedia tells me that the Jarlsberg cheese was named after a Norwegian nobleman Count Wedel Jarlsberg who owned land near Oslo in an area where an earlier version of the cheese was produced in the early 1800s.
The recipe was developed from formulae originating with Swiss cheesemakers who moved to Norway in that time.

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