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Big Little Mac Pizza and Julia

Hi Friends! Welcome to Pizza and a Movie. This week’s pizza is inspired by a pizzeria I have never been to. Maker Pizza is a Toronto-based pizzeria. I became aware of Maker Pizza through Matty Matheson who partnered in creating the pizzeria with owner, Shlomo Buchler. Anyway – their pizzas are mesmerizingly beautiful and inventive. And because I don’t live in Toronto to try it myself, I decided to recreate one of their famous pizzas, The Mac. As you might imagine, this is basically the pizza version of a certain famous American hamburger. Are you ready for this? Let’s do it!

While I can’t be totally, 100% sure how Maker does their Mac Pizza, I can make some approximations and get pretty close. We have ground Beef, cheddar and American Cheese, dill pickles, a super special sauce, shredded iceberg lettuce and thinly sliced onions.

Back in October, my Husband Alex did a guest post for his Djalali Cooks 2 column called How 2 Make 2 Classic Burgers. One of these classic burgers was a Big Mac Clone. In that post he made a Super Special Sauce that I am using here. You can find the recipe below, in the recipe card.

Building the Big Little Mac Pizza

I am going to build and bake this pizza in layers, with the shredded lettuce and the sliced onion going on after the final bake, so they stay fresh and crisp.

Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F with a pizza stone or steel. For the first round in the oven, I have grated white cheddar cheese and ground beef that I browned earlier in the day, seasoned with Kosher salt and pepper. That’s all we will have going in to the oven at first. So let’s start there: roll, spin or stretch your pizza dough to a roughly 12 to 14-inch round.

Spread about 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese and top that with your browned and seasoned ground beef. Top the beef with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheddar. Bake the pizza until the cheese is melted and the crust is only lightly golden, about 8-10 minutes. Pull the pizza out of the oven and we will continue with more toppings.

Now top the pizza with dill pickle chips. Top the pickles with slices of American cheese – use as many slices as you want!

Now, pop the pizza back in the oven and bake just until the American cheese is melted and gooey. About 4-5 minutes.

Finishing Touches

The baking is done, so now we will top with the finishing touches that make this a Big Little Mac Pizza. Spoon on the Super Special Sauce, use as much as you like!

Now, top the Super Special Sauce with the shredded iceberg lettuce…

…and top with thin onion slices.

Without tasting the Maker Pizza version of The Mac, I know there are some differences, namely they use a cheese whiz-type sauce, rather than American Cheese slices. And I don’t know if they use cheddar cheese as a base, since The Mac is no longer on the menu. I am sure my Super Special Sauce recipe is a little different than what they came up with…but for the most part, this pizza is undoubtedly a Big Little Mac Pizza!

Movie Night: Julia

We have our Big Mac Pizza ready, so let’s get to the movie! I couldn’t wait to watch this documentary on Julia Child, so I splurged for the $19.99 streaming price. Are there any people out there who do not love this woman? I, like a gazillion other home cooks, can honestly say that she is a woman after my own heart. Not one bit pretentious about food and cooking, Julia Child sought to demystify French cooking. She did this in a totally relatable way because she wasn’t hiding the flaws, the flubs and the sometimes not-so-perfect landings. Through her cookbooks and TV show she made cooking, in general, less intimidating. Her enjoyment of food, and her love of cooking is infectious and inspiring.

These days, there are so many chefs on TV and YouTube – but Julia was the first. And she did it at time when there wasn’t such a thing as a celebrity chef, there were hardly any women in professional kitchens or on TV, and America’s taste for packaged food was all the rage. A remarkable woman, indeed! This film is an inspiring look at her adventurous and travel-filled life, Julia is a must-see. Available to stream on Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube.

Thank you all so much for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie. I do hope you try this Big Little Mac Pizza! Thank you to Maker Pizza for inspiring this pizza, it’s a new Djalali favorite! And if you happen to be or live in Toronto, please go to Maker and enjoy a pizza for me! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Take care and be well, xo Kelly

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Big Little Mac Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course American
By Adapted from Maker Pizza Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 50 Minutes (includes Special Sauce and hamburger cooking time) Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: ~1 Hour

Inspired by Maker Pizza's The Mac, this Big Little Mac Pizza has all the flavors of the famous hamburger, but on a pizza, it's even more special!

Ingredients

  • Super Special Sauce
  • 3 tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. Sweet Relish
  • 1 tbsp. Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Caramelized Onions
  • 1 Clove Garlic, grated
  • 3/4 tsp. Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. Pickle Juice
  • Big Mac Pizza
  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 1 lb Ground Beef, browned and seasoned with Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1.25-1.5 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Dill Pickle Chips
  • 4-8 Slices American Cheese Singles
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Super Special Sauce
  • 1/2 Head Iceberg Lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4-1/2 White Onion, sliced 1/8-inch thick

Instructions

Super Special Sauce

1

Add all ingredients to bowl, mix, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Big Mac Pizza

2

Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F with a pizza stone or steel.

3

Roll, spin or stretch your pizza dough to a roughly 12 to 14-inch round.

4

Spread about 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese and top that with your browned and seasoned ground beef. Top the beef with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheddar. Bake the pizza until the cheese is melted and the crust is only lightly golden, about 8-10 minutes.

5

Now top the pizza with dill pickle chips. Top the pickles with slices of American cheese.

6

Now, pop the pizza back in the oven and bake just until the American cheese is melted and gooey. About 4-5 minutes.

7

When the pizza comes out, spoon on the Super Special Sauce.

8

Top the Special Sauce with the shredded iceberg lettuce.

9

Layer the thin onion slices on top of the shredded lettuce.

Notes

Super Special Sauce recipe makes a little more than 1/4 cup of sauce, for more double the recipe and you will have some leftover for another recipe. Leftover sauce will keep for about one month in the fridge, in an airtight container.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Rhea
    January 28, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Sounds so satisfying!

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      January 28, 2022 at 10:17 am

      Hi Rhea, It’s such a good pizza! Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend! xo Kelly

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    Gail
    January 28, 2022 at 10:45 am

    This sounds amazing! Anxious to try it.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      January 28, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Gail! It’s a great pizza! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend! xo Kelly

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    Julie
    January 28, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Hi Kelly,
    This pizza sounds delicious…I like an occasional Big Mac. This is a great recipe for those of us expecting the nor’easter this weekend and we can’t get out.

    A couple of years ago, I was in D.C. visiting some exhibits at the Smithsonian and one of my dearest friends suggested we see Julia’s kitchen. What a treat. We were there at the Museum of American History for at least an hour. Definitely a must see for a Julia follower.

    Have a great weekend, Julie

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      January 28, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Julie, I’d love to visit Julia’s kitchen museum. I think it’s really wonderful that it’s been recreated and preserved for us to see – definitely an American Treasure. This is a really fun pizza, unexpected and super delicious! I hope you give it a try, have a warm and safe weekend! xo Kelly

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    Sylvia Espinoza
    January 28, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Greetings, Kelly! You remain a winner in my book for bringing us such creative recipe ideas, today’s being one. I LOVE Big Macs. Bet I’d love this pizza. In the picture, the lettuce and onions drew me in before reading the post! I know folk in Toronto…perhaps they’ve enjoyed this creation. Perhaps you and Alex will get to enjoy it up the road. I’ll stay tuned! Hugs! ?

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      January 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      Hello Sylvia! Yes a Big Mac is such an indulgence! You know what I love about this is that it has the great flavors you want, but since it’s all from scratch, it tastes even better! Have a wonderful weekend! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Terry
    January 28, 2022 at 11:42 am

    This looks really good I’ll make this tonight. Have a great Friday I’ll keep you posted ?❤️mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      January 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      I am sure you and Grandma will love this pizza! xo Kelly

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    Sally Burke
    January 28, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Kelly, you certainly come up with some interesting ideas for pizzas. I cannot remember the last time I had a Big Mac or any McDonald’s or “Maccas” as we call it here in Oz, so to try out a “Big Mac pizza” will be a long remembered taste for me. And as for a Julia Child, thank you for the alert on her documentary. I did see the movie with Merryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, “Julie and a Julia”, plus read the book and have one of her cookbooks, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and her book “My life in France”. As you said anyone interested in cooking would just love her.
    Happy cooking ?‍? and have a great weekend ???
    Sally ?

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      January 29, 2022 at 7:38 am

      Hi Sally! I love the movie Julie and Julia – so good! Any time I think of Julia Child, I want to make beef bourguignon. I suppose I should get to that on the blog…It’s making me hungry just thinking about it!
      Aside from recreating certain fast food favorites at home, we don’t really eat fast food either, I can’t remember the last time I had an actual Big Mac, but we have made them at home a few times over the last year and they are a special treat. Have a wonderful weekend! xo Kelly

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    Susan
    January 29, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Sounds delicious- please define “part” in the special sauce recipe. If I use a tablespoon to equal a part will that be enough sauce for the pizza? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      January 29, 2022 at 9:06 am

      Hi Susan, I suspect you might not be the only one with that question, so I have updated the sauce recipe with measurements. Note that the recipe for the sauce will make a little more than 1/4 cup of sauce, so you can double it if you want more than that on the pizza, you will in that case have sauce leftover. Leftover sauce will keep for a month in the fridge. Hope that clarifies! Thanks so much for your question, xo Kelly
      ***Super Special Sauce
      3 tbsp. Mayonnaise
      1 tbsp. Sweet Relish
      1 tbsp. Yellow Mustard
      1 tbsp. Caramelized Onions
      1 Clove Garlic, grated
      3/4 tsp. Paprika
      3/4 tsp. Sugar
      3/4 tsp. Pickle Juice

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    Mari
    June 24, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Ha! This will teach my kids not to joke about my food habits. The other day when I was going through my cupboards, my son noticed I had three jars of pickles, and he asked if I ate pickles on everything. I replied not everything, but most things. “But would you eat it on pizza?” Well yes, now that he mentioned it, I would! I don’t know how I missed this when you first posted it, but game on. We are having this very soon, and I can finally give the 00 flour a go. This just looks and sounds fantastic. I will let you know how that worked out for me. And now for this week’s edition of Stump The Chef. Let’s set the scene. There is a bar at the end of the universe, called Off The Beaten Trek, and the bartender is a retired admiral, James T. Kirk. He has been there, done that, and seen just about everything, so he is not surprised when oddities converge and land in his establishment. He is summoned to a table where three men and three women are seated. They introduce themselves as Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary, Boris Pasternak and Lara, and Thomas Hardy and Bathsheba. Yes, I have revisited things that were assigned in high school and college, to see if my feelings had changed. I used Cliff Notes for Far From The Madding Crowd in college, so this time I finally read the book. Cliff did a good job with the outline and characters, but actually reading the novel was a much better experience. In the background, Billy Joel is playing and singing songs of love and loss, which sets the mood to perfection. Flaubert wants to know what they can eat. The Admiral suggests pizza. What kind are they eating? Or will they order something else? Part Two of Stump The Chef is a humble request. Will you make a video where you tell us and show us the right way to toss a pizza crust? I have no idea how to actually do it, and I have very bad hand eye coordination, so I have never attempted it. I suspect if I had tried I would have had a lot of dough on my feet. Happy Friday and Happy Hot But Not Too Hot Weekend to my Djalalis, Terry, and the canine cuties. ☀️🍕🐕

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      June 24, 2022 at 9:49 am

      Hello Mari! Well, this is a very tough one. Mostly because I went to art school (LOL), and therefore missed out on reading Flaubert, Pasternak and Hardy. But I see the theme you are developing here and I might suggest that pizza is indeed the way to go. So as not to be too crushed by romance, I would offer up Neapolitan style pizza for them to fall in love with – a classic Margherita, with beautifully charred and puffy crust. It’s exciting and romantic, and practically guaranteed to capture all of their hearts.
      I have thought a lot about doing a pizza stretching/tossing video. I will accomplish this soon. There are three common techniques that I use: the three can be used together, in a sequence; or they can be used somewhat exclusively. Aside from the actual tossing, the techniques can practically be done with your eyes closed! Stay tuned for that video…coming sometime this summer. Have a wonderful weekend! xo Kelly

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