I love pizza night. I am of the belief that it cannot go wrong. Any combination we put together ends up darn delicious. And all though it takes a bit of advanced planning to have all the ingredients on hand it is a relatively easy dinner to put together.
Our latest version was mushroom and spicy sausage. I have a love/hate relationship with mushrooms. In some meals I just cannot mouth them. Others I cannot get enough. This week at the grocery store I saw heaps of shiitake mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms look a bit more funky but have unique taste different than the more common white mushrooms.
After immediately seeing the mushrooms I knew that they would be a key ingredient for pizza night. Of course, Mr. J insists on meat so I added hot Italian sausage. One package divided for two meals this week.
Can we just talk about garlic?
My new favorite thing is taking cloves of garlic. Mashing them once with the back of a knife and adding them whole to pizza. Marvelous.
The only problem is you have to watch what you do after the pizza because you will have garlic breath. That and the pizza disappears way too quickly.
Mushroom and Sausage Pizza
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: bake pizza mushrooms sausage
Ingredients (serves 8)
- Your favorite pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
- 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 8 oz hot Italian sausage, ground
- 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
Preheat oven to 420 degrees. Prepare pan by sprinkling cornmeal on cookie sheet or pizza pan.
While oven heats, cook ground sausage in a medium saute pan on medium high for about 5 minutes or until just brown. Add chopped onion and cook until just soft, about 5 more minutes. Set aside.
Roll out pizza dough to desired shape and size. Place in prepared pan. Top pizza dough with pizza sauce and spread evenly across all dough surface.
Evenly distribute the sausage and onion mixture on top of sauce. Do the same with the shiitake mushrooms. Finish pizza with sliced mushrooms and garlic pieces.
Bake in oven until crust browns and cheese is bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing.
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