Sausage & Pepper Pizza Recipe

Last weekend I had a few friends over for a casual get-together. Just wanting to enjoy the time with my company - I opted for a quick and fresh dinner! When a fancy dinner just won’t do, pizza is the perfect way to have fun, be creative and get everyone involved in the cooking. Your guests can bring a favorite topping, or a salad item.

Basic Pizza Dough
Makes three 12 inch pizzas
3 ½ cups flour, sifted
1 tbs. evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
1 tbs. salt
1 ½ cups warm water
1 tbs. active dry yeast

In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast in the warm water, and stir to dissolve it. Set aside until the yeast starts forming bubbles in about 5 minutes
Sift the flour. Pour the flour into a large bowl or on a work surface. Mold the flour in a mound shape with a hole in the center
In the center pour the yeast mix, olive oil, and a pinch of salt
Then mix with your hands to form a dough ball
On a floured work surface knead the dough briefly with your hands pushing and folding. Knead just long enough for the dough to take in a little more flour, and until it no longer sticking to your hands
Coat a bowl with evoo and transfer dough into bowl
Cover the bowl with a tea towel, and set the bowl aside for approximately 1½ – 2 hours until the dough doubles in volume. The time required for rising will depend on the strength of the yeast and the temperature of the room
When the dough is double its original size, punch it down to eliminate the air bubbles.
Separate the dough into three even pieces
Using a rolling pin or your hands work the dough into the shape of your baking sheet

4 tablespoons pizza sauce, I tried Casa Visco
1/2 a medium bell pepper julienned
1/2 white button mushrooms, chopped
3 hot sausages, casing removed
1 cup shredded 2% mozzarella
1/3 cup kalamata olives

Pre-heat oven to 450-475 degrees
Julienne pepper, chop mushroom, and de-pit olives
Remove casing from sausage and break a part with fingers
In a non stick skillet pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Brown the meat and continue to break apart with a spatula
Roll out dough on a lightly flowered surface
Remove sausage and drain on a plate lined with paper towel
Put together pizza- start with sauce, then meat, veggies and finish with cheese
Bake for 7-8 minutes
Let rest for 3 minutes before cutting

Serve with a garden salad in pretty bowl, like our new colored bamboo bowls! Add a crisp white wine to the mix- and sit back and enjoy the warm breezes and friendly conversation.


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Joanne Kennedy said...

I love pizza and have never made homemade pizza. I'm going to try out your recipe for sure. It doesn't sound to hard and I bet it's wonderful! Thanks for posting this.


Allie and Pattie said...

We do a pizza night every week and frequently with friends. Off to check out the bowls!
xoxo Pattie

Allie and Pattie said...

We do a pizza night every week and frequently with friends. Everyone loves it! Off to check out those bowls...
xoxo Pattie

Allie and Pattie said...

I tried to post earlier, but Blogger was being wonky. We do a pizza night every week and frequently with friends. everyone loves pizza! Now I'm off to check out those bowls!
xoxo Pattie

Oliver said...

you have a very pretty blog!
My mom bunny loves your tablecloths.
Im gonna be 5 on monday april 26th.
Happy Easter

Rattlebridge Farm said...

I am now craving homemade pizza; I can't wait to try your recipe. I hope you have a splendid Easter!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi April, This looks so yummy! What do you bake the pizza on? Do you use a stone or a baking sheet, and do you oil it?
p.s. I love your linens!

Lady Katherine said...

Love This pizza! it sounds so easy and looks delicious! Hubby loves his pizza. lol Come join me on Tuesday for Tea Time Tuesday.

bunny, The Paris House said...

My family loves pizza, we either make it or buy it every Friday night I will definitely give this recipe a try! It looks and sounds delicious. My 5 year old son Oliver will love it!!

Anita Diaz said...

This looks wonderful!! My family all love pizza, but I admit I end up getting those already baked crusts then adding toppings for a shortcut. I definitely will try this!!

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