Category Archives: Italian sausage

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Deep Dish Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Italian sausage
  • Sauteed onion
  • Sauteed banana pepper
  • Sauteed jalapeno pepper
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • Deep dish pizza dough

Note: I can’t really describe how awesome this pizza was. We couldn’t stop eating it. A special thanks to Matt for the cast iron skillet!

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Deep Dish Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Italian sausage
  • Sauteed green pepper and onion
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • Homemade deep dish dough made with cornmeal

Note:

This was a special pizza. My brother-in-law, Matt, gave me a cast iron skillet for my birthday. I have been a little too intimidated to try using it myself so he offered to come do a cast iron deep dish pizza lesson. It was super easy to make and so much more delicious than my old method. The cast iron skillet cooks the dough to perfection, crispy on the outside, soft but not mushy on the inside. The cheese melted beautifully and stretched out into long strings. The ingredients tasted much more flavorful. Andrew and I agreed that we will be making many more cast iron deep dish pizzas in the future.

Sausage and Peppers Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Sausage and Peppers Deep Dish Pizza

The ingredients I used for this deep dish pizza are some of my all time favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe and will definitely repeat it in the future. I rolled out, then pressed deep dish pizza dough (1 cup cornmeal substituted for 1 cup flour) into a round pie pan that had been sprayed with canola oil and sprinkled with cornmeal. Pre-baking the dough takes about 7 minutes since it is pretty thick. After pre-baking, I layered mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, green peppers, onions and pizza sauce in the pan. The thickness of the pizza causes the it to take longer to bake, so I baked it for about 20 minutes.

Greens and Beans Pizza Recipe

Greens and Beans Pizza

Greens & beans is a healthy meal that is inexpensive and simple to prepare. I make my recipe as a soup a few times each winter and have been waiting for the right time to turn this comfort food into a pizza. It can be risky to take something that is already delicious and change it so that it works on a pizza. With my greens and beans pizza recipe I worried that it might be a bit dry, but it worked out great. Here’s how I put it together.

I started by breaking up spicy Italian sausage with a potato masher in large pan on medium-high heat. In a separate pan, I sauteed a chopped white onion and garlic. Then I added escarole so it would wilt. To finish the preparation of the greens and beans I added cannellini beans and the cooked sausage to the pan.

To create the pizza I put mozzarella cheese onto pre-baked dough and topped it with the greens and beans. Finally, I added a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese after I took it out of the oven. Next time I create this pizza I might try making it a vegan friendly pizza by leaving off the sausage and the cheese.

Sausage and Leek Pizza Recipe

Sausage and Leak Pizza

I didn’t have any big ideas for a pizza this week so I looked to my freezer for inspiration. There was a bag of frozen leeks that I knew would compliment the Italian sausage patties I found in the downstairs freezer. Andrew grilled the sausage while I sauteed the leeks. I spread some marinara and a generous portion of mozzarella cheese before topping the pizza with sausage and leeks. This was a really simple pizza, but very good!

Spicy Meat Pizza Recipe

Spicy Meat Pizza

Andrew’s little brother has had a football game almost every Saturday this fall so he has been coming over for dinner on Sundays. Meat lovers pizzas are a perfect fit for Tyler’s big appetite.

I started with spicy Italian sausage and turkey pepperoni, a  great combination on any pizza. I put banana peppers on a pizza for a the first time this spring and knew they would be a great compliment for this spicy pizza. Topped with my homemade pizza sauce, onions, and mozzarella cheese, this pizza was excellent and with Tyler as a guest there were no left-overs!

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

I have been making so many pizzas this summer that I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog posts. Andrew’s former student Rob and his girlfriend joined us for dinner in June before they headed off to NYC. Rob is a foodie, but he didn’t have any special requests so I decided to make a Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza and take a second shot at my Barbecue Chicken Pizza.

I think you need more than two types of meat to classify a pizza as meat-lovers so I can’t label this pizza as that, but this one sure tasted great. I used precooked sausage from Wegmans prepared food section and turkey pepperoni. The flavor from the sausage, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese combined for guest-satisfying first pizza.

The second pizza was the show stopper of the night. Last summer I made a BBQ chicken pizza, but used store bought sauce and red onions. For this pizza I marinated the chicken in homemade sauce. First, I spread on a thin layer of BBQ sauce onto the dough. Then, rather than using mozzarella like last time, I sprinkled on cheddar cheese. Finally, I placed the grilled BBQ chicken on top. The homemade sauce and the cheddar cheese made all the difference. I still prefer onions on my BBQ chicken pizza, but this was still a winner.