Leftovers: Corned Beef Pizza

Last weekend, I decided to try corned beef on pizza. I had just enough left over from St. Patrick’s Day to do something with it, and I didn’t want to waste it. Still, I wasn’t sure that it would work on pizza. Corned beef is so fatty and salty, it seems like it might overwhelm the pizza. But I figured if I fashioned the toppings after a reuben sandwich, it wouldn’t be bad.
First I made the usual crust and sauce. Then I cut the corned beef into slices, taking care to remove the excess fat. I didn’t want the fat melting over the pizza and congealing with the cheese. Next, I sliced some onions, grated some swiss cheese, and made the pizza.
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The end results? Not bad. Weirdly enough, the corned beef didn’t give the pizza a strong corned-beef flavor–maybe because I cut the fat off. It tasted meaty, but not overly salty of fatty. This is a decent way to use up leftover corned beef, but not anything I would seek out specially. It continues to amaze me how well pizza works to use up leftover meats and vegetables.
Cost: Homemade Dough: $.25, Cheese: $62, Sauce: $.10 (using tomatoes, garlic, squash from the garden), Corned beef: free since I would have thrown it out otherwise; Onions: free from the garden.
Total Cost of Dish: $.92 for an entire pizza.

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5 thoughts on “Leftovers: Corned Beef Pizza”

  1. Looks good! I agree, nothing can quite compare to a good homemade pizza. I threw a pizza party a few months ago and saved so much money making my own dough.

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  2. Try this: instead of pizza sauce, use 1000 Island dressing, top with the swiss, some gouda, kraut, and corned beef. That sounds good to me and very similar to a ruben. mmmmmmmmm
    I will make ruebens this week. Ahhh inspiration.

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  3. Thanks! Yeah, it was good. We’re kind of addicted to homemade pizza around here. It took awhile to get the dough down, but now I like ours better than the dough at most pizza places.

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  4. Ohhhh yummmmy that looks good. I happen to have corned beef in the fridge that needs to be eaten!
    Just found your website by the way & love it!

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