spicy sausage pizza
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Dinner,  Lunch

Spicy Sausage Pizza

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spicy Sausage Pizza

A slightly spicy sausage pizza using a sheet pan cooking method and a new ingredient: Calabrian Chilis.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: calabrian chili, dough, goat cheese, Pizza, pizza sauce, sausage
Servings: 4 Pizzas

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
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