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October 27, 2009

turkey sausage, caramelized onions and bell pepper pizza

Anyone who knows me, knows how enamoured I am with pizza. I love it. I think it’s the perfect food. You can top the right piece of dough with practically any combo of ingredients and it’s bound to bake into delicious slices of heaven. It’s so versatile too, you can dress it up with fine ingredients or keep it low key with just cheese. You can make it a first course, main dish or even dessert…it’s the best! I don’t discriminate much against pizza either. I like them homemade, gourmet, frozen, greasy, cheesy, nyc style, chicago deep dish, extra crispy thin crust, sweet, savory, from a cart, at a baseball game, for breakfast, lunch and dinner… I think you get the point, I love me some pizza! I make pizza at home pretty often too. Last year I even had a pizza party for my birthday (nerd alert)!

On Friday, I made turkey sausage, caramelized onion and sauteed bell pepper pizza with fresh grated romano, parmesan and mozzarella burrata on an herb dough I purchased from Trader Joe’s (my favorite store-bought dough…. BUT IF YOU KNOW OF A BETTER ONE, I’M ALL EARS!) Just as an aside… I suck at making pizza dough.  A few months ago, I set out to perfect a dough recipe and had to give up after the fifth or sixth attempt not only because I had made five or six consecutively bad/mediocre doughs but also because I exhausted all of my supplies! It shouldn’t be that hard, right? My fatal flaw… who would have known!?

turkey sausage

not the most appetizing picture but the sausage was killer as a topping!

sauteed bell pepper

I heated two sweet italian turkey sausage links in a frying pan just until cooked through. Sliced them into 1/2″ thick slices and set them aside. In the same pan, I caramelized the onions and threw in the fresh yellow and red bell pepper until slightly tender. I rolled out my dough and brushed it with extra virgin olive oil. I like to start with toppings first so, I laid out the onions and half of the bell pepper, then added the cheeses (about 1/2 cup of each), sausage and the rest of the bell pepper. Baked at 400 for about 20-25 minutes (Evan likes his pizza crunchy so we may even have let it go for close to 30 minutes). After letting it cool for a few minutes, we dug in! It was fantastic! We were both doing the whole “I can’t eat one more bite” routine, as we each ate one more bite…until it was gone. Sorry for the sketchy photography, the lighting in my kitchen is awful at night. Enjoy, though!

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