This pizza is an amalgamation of different ideas we got when watching the Food Network. I can’t say that I really watch Food Network to directly make the recipes. But, you can learn a lot about new ingredients or techniques. This is primarily based on two very different hosts: Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis.
Ina is honestly where I get some of my best recipe inspiration from. I love many of her recipes which have been a great jumping off point. Giada is an interesting cooking show host. She is actually a pretty good cook and has been a good way to find some ingredients. Generally though, her recipes are a little on the simpler side for really drawing a lot of inspiration from.
Giada contributed an ingredient to our pizza idea. I don’t remember what she was actually making but she was using Calabrian Chilis. These are a slightly spicy, little red chili. As far as I can tell, these are what are used for Italian red pepper flakes when they are dried. For a pizza sauce, they add a really good little kick without being over the top.
Ina gave me the cooking technique for the pizza dough. I did use my favorite bread flour pizza dough for this recipe. Get the oven nice and hot, use a baking sheet and let them go. At one point, they looked a lot like pitas while cooking. So just be aware, if you get some air pockets it can really balloon. I usually make my pizza on a stone but we tried the Ina method which uses a room temperature sheet pan. The best part of this was being able to cook both small pizzas at once. The pizza stone just isn’t big enough for two.
Spicy Sausage Pizza
- Pizza Dough see notes for link
- 12 Oz Can Tomato Puree
- 3 Garlic Cloves smashed
- 1/2 Tsp Dry Oregano
- 4-5 Large Basil Leaves minced
- 3-4 Small Calabrian Chilis minced
- Mozzarella Cheese shredded
- Goat Cheese crumbled
- Parmesan Cheese grated
- 1 Chicken Italian Sausage precooked and cut into slices
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 475-500F.
- Cut the dough batch into quarters, this will make roughly 8 inch pizzas.
- Roll out the dough on a floured board so that it is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Combine the tomato puree, garlic, oregano, basil, and chilis (with salt and pepper) in a small sauce pan and heat through for about 10 minutes.
- In a small skillet, cook the sausage on each side for 4 minutes over medium heat.
- Place the dough on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven place a thin layer of the sauce on the pizza. Top that with the mozzarella and goat cheese. Bake for 7-8 minutes.
- Pull the pizza back out, place the sausage slices on them, grate a little parmesan over the top Cook for another 3-4 minutes.