No one does not drool at the mere mention of pizza. Pizza is perhaps the most excellent comfort, guilt food I can ever think of consuming. Whether it be for a family dinner, movie date night, or an afternoon snack, me and the family always have pizza on our list of options, and for an excellent reason, it’s just plain delicious.
When thinking of pizza, however, our mind immediately goes to the flat, crusty round bread with sauce, meat, and cheese toppings. Not many know that another variety and way of cooking pizza exists that you can easily make at home. Don’t get me wrong, you can make the classic pizza at home too, but sometimes it’s arduous to prepare.
Like me, you may want to divert your attention to pizza bowls. Have you ever heard of them? Perfect! Here, I will share with you what pizza bowls are, why they’re an excellent alternative to classic pizzas, and how to cook a pizza bowl in the comfort of your own home!
What Is A Pizza Bowl?
Basically, a pizza bowl is a pizza without the crust.
“Pizza without a crust?”
I know it sounds ridiculous because many, if not most, consume pizza partly because of the crust (hence the choice between thin crust or thick crust in pizza restaurant chains). But a pizza bowl is mainly an option for people who want to consume a pizza with low-carbs (because we went away with the bread crust) but still enjoy the flavor and taste of pizza with all your favorite toppings.
Pizza bowls are usually beneficial for those on a gluten-free or low-keto diet. They are perfect for those looking for something different in their dishes and who want to taste speedy and easy pizza to prepare.
I am a lazy body once in a while, so I find myself whipping up some pizza bowls for myself with all the ingredients I can see in my fridge.
How to Cook Pizza Bowl
Learning how to cook a pizza bowl is very easy, and this whole process would take you only 5-10 minutes to cook, which is perfect for an instant craving dish.
For my pizza bowl, I mainly use oven-safe or microwave-safe ceramic bowls so I can quickly prop them into the microwave and oven.
The ingredients I use are as follows: meat (I either use hamburger or Italian sausage), parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce or marinara sauce, and meat toppings depending on who I’m serving the pizza bowl for or what kind of pizza I prefer on making. Sometimes I use pepperoni, sausage or ham, and bacon. Then I add onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives.
I layer my pizza bowl with hamburger/Italian sausage, then sauce, toppings of choice, cheese, another layer of hamburger, sauce, and toppings, and add a thick layer of all the cheeses.
I first brown the hamburger or Italian sausage on a skillet and other ingredients that need cooking, like pepperoni, bacon, ham, and mushrooms.
Divide your pizza sauce into your bowls (if making more than one), add your cooked hamburger or Italian sausage, a layer of cheese, and a layer of your toppings (pepperoni, bacon, ham) top with the remaining cheese.
I like sprinkling pepper and herbs over my last layer of cheese for more flavor on my pizza bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the pizza bowl for 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and hot.
Serve the dish warm and enjoy a guilt-free pizza snack with your loved ones!
How to Make a Meatball Pizza Bowl
Your choice of “main meat” matters significantly in making your pizza bowl. Another one of my favorites, aside from Italian sausage and hamburgers in making pizza bowls, is the use of meatballs. There’s not much difference in how to make a meatball pizza bowl as compared with sausage and hamburgers.
We will be making bread bowls for a meatball pizza bowl instead of using an inedible ceramic bowl. Exciting!
All other pizza ingredients remain the same, except we substitute sausages with meatballs, and for the bread bowl, we would need bread dough. To make the bread bowl, shape the bread dough and flatten it into rounds. Then after brushing the bowls, you’ll be using to shape the bread bowls with olive oil (this is so the bread won’t stick), bake the dough in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let the bread bowls cool, then take your meatballs, mix them with your other ingredients and add them to your bowl as desired with the pizza sauce and cheese. Place the bowls on a baking sheet, then bake for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
There you have your meatball pizza bowl!
How to Make Cauliflower Pizza Bowl
If you’re watching your diet, another great pizza bowl option is the cauliflower pizza bowl.
To make a cauliflower pizza bowl, toss your cauliflower into a large bowl, mixing in oil and seasonings. Then, roast the cauliflower until it is brown and tender.
Place your microwave or oven-safe bowl on a baking sheet and layer your ingredients. First, put your baked cauliflower as the base, add pizza or marinara sauce, cheese, ham, or bacon, add another layer of cheese, and add other toppings as desired.
Bake the dish for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 350°F until the cheese is hot and melted. You can garnish the cauliflower with parsley if desired. This cauliflower pizza bowl is perfect for those who want to eat guilt-free pizza, and they’re very easy to make too!