Monday, September 15, 2014

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza with No Tomato Marinara Sauce~

Here's is the Sunday addition of What' for Dinner.  If you have followed along for any length of time, you will know I have a tomato allergy.  Out of all the sensitivities and allergies that I have, it has been by far the hardest one to deal tomatoes, no marinara sauce, no pizza sauce, no chili sauce, no salsa, no ketchup, no bbq sauce...ok, you get the picture.  Well, that is until now...we came across a Tomato-Free Marinara Sauce on Vegetalion.  We decided to give it a try.  I figured it was worth a shot.

It was aaaaHHMAZING!  It was the first time I had had spaghetti with "marinara" sauce in a year!!! The recipe for the sauce can be found here.  The only thing is we would add a bit more garlic and spices next time.

Well, now that we  had found a replacement for marinara sauce it was time to test it out on a pizza. Bacon-Cheeseburger Pizza that is.

The recipe is found in Fine Cooking's Pizza on the Grill Magazine 2012.


2 1/2 inch thick slices of red onion, separated into rings
3 TBS olive oil, divided
Kosher salt to taste; more as needed
1 pound ground chuck (or other ground beef-we used 90/10 grass fed ground sirloin)
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tsp Colman's dry mustard (or brand you have on hand)
1/2 Tsp onion powder
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper; more to taste
1/4 C uncooked grits or polenta, for rolling the dough (we skipped)
1 ball prepared pizza dough, at room temperature (we use Bob's Red Mill gluten free mix)
3/4 C Red sauce (your own, or the marinara we made)
4  3-inch square packaged cheddar cheese slices
8 strips center-cut bacon, cooked until crisp
1 dill pickle, sliced crosswise (hubby forgot to add them, no biggie)

This can be baked on the grill, but we chose to bake in the oven this time around.


Lightly brush the onion rings with 1 TBS of the oil and season with salt.  Place in a skillet and cook until browned and slightly caramelized, 2-3 minutes per side.  Reserve for topping.  (if grilling these too can be made on the grill)

Mix together the ground meat, Worcestershire, mustard, onion powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper until well combined.  Preheat a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the hamburger mixture and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up any clumps of meat, until no longer pink.  Let cool and reserve for topping.

Roll out and shape the dough,  bake according to package directions (if grilling, grill one side and then flip onto pan and top)

Spread entire surface with the sauce.  Top with the hamburger mixture.  Place squares of cheese in a square-like pattern, making sure not to overlap them.  Top each with 2 strips of bacon and a grilled onion ring so the pizza resembles 4 bacon cheeseburgers.

Finish baking according to package directions (or on the grill).

Remove, garnish with the pickle slices, and season with salt and pepper.  Slice and serve.

I also found a company that makes a ready made jar No Tomato sauce called Norine's Nomato Sauce.  However, the one little market that carries it in Atlanta was sold out.  It can be ordered online.  The ingredients are very similar to the recipe we used.



Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I bet you're so happy to have found a tomato sauce replacement! Have a great day :-)

Isaiah 55:8-9 said...

This looks delicious!! Yay for a tomato sauce replacement!

One recommendation - if you're happy with Bob's red mill gluten free crust, fine. We used to use that when I first found out I needed GF. Then we switched to a crust mix made by a shop in Pittsburgh. They used to sell on Amazon, but I don't see it anymore. Here's the link though, if you're interested:

I actually use the mix and make two thin crust pizzas. I add garlic powder, onion powder and oregano after I've mixed it up. Then I pre-bake without topping for about 10 minutes, and then add toppings before baking another 10 minutes. Or - after those first 10 minutes in the oven, we grill it after adding toppings. We use a pizza pan and cover the underside with foil since it's a gooey dough. I remove the foil after it's pre-baked since it's firm.

Just thought I'd let you know because we love this crust and have served it to a ton of friends who couldn't tell it was GF!

Katie Clooney said...

You had me at bacon. I love it so much and this recipe looks positively scrumptious! Have a wonderful week, Lauren.

Brandi said...

That's awesome that you are able to enjoy recipes that require tomato sauce again!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Looks amazing - I want to have dinner at your house! :)

Gypsy Heart said...

Good for you! It looks delish ~


Tery H said...

I am going to have to give this sauce a try. I have not been officially diagnosed with a tomatoe sensitivity but whenever I eat tomatoes, oranges, lemons -anything acidic I breakout. It's very frustrating because I crave it all. I love tomatoes, lemonade, oranges, orange juice, key lime pie etc.

Rustown Mom said...

I agree - that looks delish. How I wish I had time for homemade pizza. Nowadays, I'm doing good to order it...

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Great recipe. my husband loves bacon and pizza....LOL
Happy Wednesday.

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

Looks amazing Lauren!