Fresh in from a long day at work (OK maybe not a long day – but tiresome nonetheless) I was home, hungry, and not looking for aggravation. If I’m being honest I didn’t completely make the call on this. My other half said – “I was thinking of getting a pizza.” This roughly translates to “Hey – make a pizza, stupid.” Being the dutiful boyfriend I am, I got to making some dough.
This recipe uses the same recipe for dough that I almost always use. Namely this one. It’s quick and easy. Very easy. While my dough was taking a minute or two proof and come to grips with its own existence, I got the rest of my necessary goods together. The great thing about pizza is that it’s really simple, very quick, and very tasty. What’s not to like about that combination?
After getting my dough roughly stretched out, today looking a bit heart-shaped, I spread the usual tomato product (generally I use crushed tomato.) Some simple herbs and spices, in this case freshly ground pepper, salt, dried basil, onion powder, garlic powder, and some fresh ground sage leaves and we’re nearly there. I have a Mircoplane produced herb grater/grinder thing. It takes fresh herbs (sage, basil, etc) and turns them into shredded goodness in short order.
I add generally whatever cheese I think will go along. Today that was some pepper-jack cheese and mozzarella – both pre-shredded from the store, and Reggiano Parmesan – which I grate like the gold that it is. The finishing touch is the sausage. I had to make a quick trip over to the store before I got home and picked up some of that sausage that you can usually find in the refrigerated case. You can find it many varieties. From mild Italian pepper to chicken and basil, to apple and chicken. They all work with different seasonings and different toppings. Tonight, knowing I had some fresh sage left over from Thanksgiving, I went with some chicken and pepper sausage. Just the ticket. I sliced it into 1/4 inch slices, then cut them into halves, before browning them on the stove-top in a big pan. They took on a nice light golden brown before coming off and going right on top of the unbaked pizza.
Pop this puppy into a 450 degree F preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it and in short order you’ll be chowing down on another great pizza variation. Yum. This recipe will make one decent sized pizza (about the size of a full large size cookie sheet.) If you’re lucky it will come out vaguely heart shaped as well and you can share the pizza love with your other half as well. It will easily feed to hungry folks, or one with happy left-overs.
- Pizza Dough – See Recipe
- Tomato Product of Choice (I use about 1/3 Can Crushed San Marzano Tomatoes)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Freshly Shredded Reggiano Parmesan
- 2 Links of Sausage – Crumbled or Diced and Browned
- A Few Sprigs of Fresh Sage – Shredded