Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sausage and Peppers Pizza

If you would have asked me two years ago what I love to do on a Saturday night it would go something like, get really dressed up, put on too much eye makeup and red lipstick, head out for drinks with the girls have one too many dirty martinis, and be completely worthless the next day. Nowadays, the scene looks a lot different, but not in a bad way. In the best way ever. Saturday nights in my house consist of my boyfriend and I making homemade pizza, splitting a bottle of wine (thank you Bevmo 5-cent wine sale!), and snuggling up on the couch to trashy Netflix or HBO movies. And I wouldn't have it any other way.This weekend's pizza was made up on a whim with all of the leftover's in the fridge that needed to be eaten, and this sausage and peppers pizza took the cake. I mean pie!!

Sausage and Peppers Pizza

  • 1 ball whole-wheat pizza dough, bring to room temperature 30 minutes before baking
  • cornmeal
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Italian turkey sausages, cooked and crumbled into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small bell pepper or 4 small sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll out dough into a 12-inch circle. Sprinkle cornmeal on a large baking sheet or pizza stone. Place dough down and cook for 5 minutes in the oven, allowing the dough to get crisp before adding the toppings.

After 5 minutes, remove the crust from the oven. Top with the tomato sauce, 1/2 of the mozzarella, the sausage, the peppers, drop the ricotta by the spoonful, and the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly, and the crust is golden brown.

Remove form the oven and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into 8 pieces and serving.

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