A new twist on a deli classic for pizza night: HOT PASTRAMI PIZZA. This is not your average pizza night. This is an overly indulgent, how-is-this-healthy, comforting pizza that is surprisingly simple to make. Using my big cast iron, this 12″ pizza is only 150 calories and 3 smart points a slice (2 for 5).
THE INSPIRATION FOR HOT PASTRAMI PIZZA
During the summer, my wife and I finally decided to visit a local and hyped-up deli/diner called Hymie’s, revered for their Matzo Ball Soup and heaping, decadent sandwich offerings.
My wife tried out their breakfast fare and enjoyed their pickle bar, while I dove into the “Best of Both Worlds” sandwich, which combined corned beef and pastrami in a sandwich that even I couldn’t finish in one sitting (even though I tried).
With this pizza, I hoped to recreate a version of the meal that lived up to the hype. I was inspired by the combination of melty cheese, delicious dressing, and salty meat to create this lightened-up pizza version. This hot pastrami pizza recipe delivers on the flavor, yet it is surprisingly healthy.
Try it – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It comes together as an easy weeknight meal, and you get to eat four slices of this treat for only 8SP.
Turkey Pastrami - Because this is a healthy food blog, I am using turkey pastrami for this. I prefer the Boar's Head Turkey Pastrami because of it's bold and delicious flavor, high protein, and low fat. You can substitute with regular pastrami
Homemade thousand island dressing - I may be biased, but my healthy thousand island dressing is pretty amazing. It's low calorie and low points, but creamier and more delicious than most store bought dressings. If you are on WW, this is zero points and only 32 calories for 1/4 cup!
Three ingredient dough - You can use store bought dough, but I am using my homemade three ingredient dough for pizza crust. It's a simple dough that's versatile and delicious.
Par-bake your crust
I mix my dough in a stand mixer until it comes together in a ball. I preheat my oven to 500, and roll out my dough on a lightly floured cutting board. I like to use a large cast iron for my pizza to give it a nice, crispy crust. You can use a pizza stone, baking steel pan, or even a regular baking sheet. Mix one egg with a splash of water, and give the crust an egg wash. I typically don't do this for my pizza, but I want to give this a nice golden, bagel-y crust. Sprinkle some Everything But the Bagel seasoning on the crust, and bake for five minutes.
Add the pastrami pizza toppings
After your crust has baked for 5 minutes, remove from the oven. Spread 3-4 tablespoons of dijon mustard onto the center of the crust like you would regular pizza sauce. Next, add half of your pastrami, 3 ounces of your mozzarella, dollops of sauerkraut, the remaining pastrami, and the final ounce of cheese. Layering it this way insures everything melts together instead of sliding off your pizza--it's a lot of toppings.
Bake the pizza for another 10-13 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Once you're ready to serve, you're going to want to drizzle the thousand island over your pizza and top with chopped scallions. I prefer the scallions in large, chopped pieces for this, but you can do small cuts or omit altogether--your call.
Looking for more delicious pizza recipes?
- Boujie Brunch Pizza with caramelized onions, prosciutto, and a sunny side up egg
- Buffalo Chicken Pizza - ranch base and spicy buffalo chicken
- BBQ Chicken Pizza - BBQ sauce, chicken, jalapeno, and red onions
- 1 cup self rising flour + more for flouring surface
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (FAGE preferred)
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp Everything but the bagel seasoning
- 1 egg (for egg wash)
- 1/2 lb turkey pastrami (I like Boar's Head)
- 4 oz part skim mozzarella
- 1/4 c sauerkraut
- 1/4 c thousand island dressing (recipe below)
- 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 3 scallions chopped
- Preferred cooking spray.
1. Preheat oven to 500. Mix Greek yogurt, flour, and egg in a bowl to form your dough. You can use a spoon or the dough hook attachment to a mixer.
2. Roll out my dough on a lightly floured cutting board--I usually make a 14-16" crust.
3. Spray your cast iron, baking sheet, or pizza stone/steel with some cooking spray, and carefully place crust onto cooking surface. You can push the dough together if it tears.
4. Mix one egg with a splash of water, and give the crust an egg wash. Sprinkle some Everything But the Bagel seasoning on the crust.
5. Bake for 5 minutes.
6. Spread 3-4 tablespoons of dijon mustard onto the center of the crust like you would regular pizza sauce.
7. Add half of your pastrami, 3 ounces of your mozzarella, dollops of sauerkraut, the remaining pastrami, and the final ounce of cheese. Bake at 500 for 10-13 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly and crust is golden.
8. Drizzle thousand island dressing on top of pizza and garnish with sliced scallions.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g
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