The Governator Burger Pizza {Recipe} and Revolutionary Pizza {Review}


All right, if anyone knows my family, then you know that my family (one member in particular) LOVES pizza. That one member (don’t worry Ben, I won’t mention names – whoops;) tends to like certain brands that may or may not be the most healthy choice. SO whenever I get the chance to try out some homemade recipes, I take it!

Reviewing Revolutionary Pizza by Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau was another one of those chances!

When I opened this book, the first thing that I found was a good old-fashioned recipe for pizza dough. I love a good pizza dough recipe. This one turned out delicious. Now I will say, living in our apartment, my scale is on the moving truck so I had to use the cup and Tbsp measurements and it still turned out good!

The pizza recipes in this book are hearty. They are full meals with an interesting twist. In fact, Dimitri goes on to say that he doesn’t consider this book a cookbook, that the recipes are meant for a party, inspiration to “shock your in-laws at the annual holiday party”. With chapter names like Pizzatizers, Deconstructed Diners, and Comfort Cravings, you know you are going to be trying some pretty interesting creations.

Forgetting for a moment that I was reading through a book filled with recipes, as a total foodie, I LOVED seeing all of the ingredients and reading the intros to each recipe. There were stories with each one. Stories that even the titles told. My fav – Yaya’s Spanakopita <it may be because I am a spanakopita lover.

I had trouble choosing which recipe from the book to share with you. It came down to the BBQ PortobellaPizza and The Governator Burger Pizza. I ended up choosing the latter.

It is Ben’s kind of pizza -one with meat. And my kind of pizza – one with veggies (microgreens included;). Perfection in an 8 slice circle.

Check out this deliciousness courtesy of Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau and his fabulous new book Revolutionary Pizza: Bold Pies that Will Change Your Life…And Dinner.


The Governator Burger Pizza {Recipe} from Revolutionary Pizza

A California-inspired burger jacked up with the meaty muscle of ground beef and pancetta. It even has a few delicious veggies on there. Just don’t tell Arnold.


  • Enough dough for one pizza (recipe in book - or your own dough)
  • 1 lb/454 g ground beef
  • 3 tbsp/44 mL olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper 1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup/30 g shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup/118 mL Simple Cream sauce (p 26)
  • ¼ cup/40 g tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup/33 g raw red onions, sliced
  • ¼ lb/113 g pancetta arrotolata, cut in thinly sliced rounds and browned slightly for texture
  • 6 oz/170 g goat cheese
  • ¼ cup/15 g microgreens


  1. Place goat cheese in freezer before starting preparation of the pizza. This will make
  2. assembling the pizza easier later.
  3. Heat pan on medium and add ground beef, olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne. Brown the
  4. meat thoroughly, stirring frequently. Let cool.
  5. Evenly distribute shredded mozzarella. Apply rings of Simple Cream sauce, starting at
  6. the outside closest to the crust and working toward the center. Distribute ground beef.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 500°F/260°C for 10–12 minutes until crust is golden brown.
  8. Top with chopped tomatoes, red onions and pancetta. Remove the goat cheese from the
  9. freezer, shred and distribute over the pie. Finish with microgreens. Slice and serve.

Enter to win a copy of Revolutionary Pizza – It’s easy….Just name your favorite pizza in the comments!

**Disclosure: I received a copy of Revolutionary Pizza to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be included in this post.  


About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I love that when I read your blog, I learn things like the fact that scales are used to help make pizza dough. :) This looks like a great cookbook and one that you can make more than one thing out of and still keep everyone happy. Great review!
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    • Thanks Becky! I learned about how important scales are in breadmaking when I reviewed the book Baking by Hand <– one of the best cookbooks I have ever read. And now I use them all the time for ingredients!

  2. Charlotte says:

    My favorite pizza? Definitely roasted veggie with extra garlic. So good!

  3. Marissa says:

    My favorite is a broccoli white pizza.

  4. Yum, we love pizza here too! We’re having pizza with pesto and goat cheese tonight!!!

  5. I love shrimp pesto pizza!!
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  6. I like plain ole cheese or Margarita style. My husband loves Buffalo Chicken.
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  7. I love a ranch pizza with lots of fresh veggies and cheese!

  8. Clam and garlic. Forever and ever.


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