July 14, 2009

Sausage, Onion & Mushroom Pizza

Ingredients on Pizza Pies can be anything you desire. Want to make a perfect pie for everyone? Ask everyone what toppings to include and you might find yourself making each pie differently. But this pizza is sure to please everyone eating pie tonight.

Homemade Sausage, Onion & Mushroom Pizza

3 -4 ounce sweet Italian sausage links
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
3/4 cup thinly sliced red or yellow bell pepper
1 -8 ounce package button mushrooms, sliced or a blend of shiitake, cremini and oyster types
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Dough for 2 -12 inch pizzas
1 cup of your favorite pasta sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Preheat oven to 450°. Remove casing from sausage. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion, pepper, and mushrooms to pan and sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic stirring for 1 minute. Form dough on 2 pizza stones, pans or baking sheets. I like to sprinkle cornmeal in the pans before placing the dough. Brush edges with olive oil. Spread pasta sauce evenly over crust, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Top evenly with mushroom mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 450° until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven; sprinkle evenly with basil. Cut each pizza into 8 wedges.

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