Italian Sausage and Pepper Pizza



After making this I had leftover sausage. I think I struggled to come up with a recipe idea for maybe a minute, if that. Pizza? Uhm yes! Absolutely yes! Right? I mean it wasn’t for me but the Mr is a fan of Italian sausage so I figured why not. I like making pizza at home. It’s super easy as long as you plan a head a bit. That is of course unless you take the super easy route and buy dough or use something similar to Boboli. I won’t judge you for either. In fact, I like Boboli. I haven’t had it in a few years, but I do like it!

There are several other options for dough which requires a bit more effort on your part since they’re all homemade… make dough ahead and freeze some for the future. Then all you have to do is thaw it out and go! You could also make a quick dough. And by quick dough I mean 3 hours or so tops and you’ve got dough ready to use. Then there’s the option I used this time, and several times previously… thin crust. This requires more planning than quick dough as it needs to sit in the fridge for at least a full day or more before you use it. The longer it sits, the more flavor it has. I knew this pizza had to be a thin crust pizza. It was necessary on so many levels. Don’t ask me to explain, just nod and agree with me k? Sometimes you just know it has to be a certain way and this was one of those times.

The next time you are craving pizza… with notice of course. You need to make this, especially if you love hot sausage. I promise you’ll go back for seconds and be thanking me for making your belly and taste buds happy.

Italian Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Ingredients:

thin crust pizza dough (makes one pizza)
1/4-1/2lb Italian sausage (I used extra hot)
pizza sauce
1C cheddar cheese, shredded
1C mozzarella cheese, shredded
yellow bell pepper
red onion
olive oil

Directions:

Prepare thin crust dough as directed. When ready to make pizza, preheat oven to 500 degrees

Heat skillet over medium heat. Add sausage to pan, toss and break up into small pieces until cooked through and slightly browned. Remove excess fat as needed. Remove from heat, transfer sausage to a size appropriate bowl.

Slice pepper, discarding seeds. A third to half of the pepper should be enough. Cut onion down the center from tip to root. Cut off the bottom, then very thinly slice. Trim down pieces by cutting in half if smaller slices are desired.

Prepare a baking sheet with  a light coating of olive oil. Spread out dough carefully. If a hole should happen, simply pinch to fix. Spread pizza sauce over nearly the entire surface, leaving 1/2" edge uncoated. Scatter raw onions, peppers and cooked sausage meat throughout. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 500 degrees for 12 minutes.

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