Wednesday, September 18, 2013

pizza night!

Pizza crust is really one of the most perfect blank canvas' for cooking. Grab a whole wheat crust and collaborate on toppings and you have an easy and delicious dinner.

Mike and I love cooking together and taking our favorites and combining them: goat cheese (for me) and bacon and italian sausage (for him) with some brussels sprouts and a salad on the side to get those veggies in!

goat cheese, bacon, brussels sprouts and sausage pizza
8 oz package of goat cheese, softened
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup brussels sprouts, diced
4 pieces of bacon, diced
3 sausages (any kind you like, we used spicy italian)
1 whole wheat pizza crust
a few shakes of worcheshire sauce
1 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper for seasoning

  • preheat oven to 350, heat a pan and place sausages with worcheshire sauce, let cook for a few minutes
  • add bacon, brussels sprouts, butter, salt & pepper
  • saute all until fully cooked (about 5-7 minutes)
  • while that cooks in the oven flour the counter and your rolling pin and begin rolling out your dough. (be liberal with the flour so nothing sticks)
  • I usually use a rectangle cookie sheet, so I roll the dough accordingly. you can use a pizza stone but I have never had much success with them.
  • once the dough is rolled out, lightly oil your pan and place the dough in, making a crust by shaping the sides against the pan. if you have excess dough just cut it off the sides. be careful not to stretch it as the dough will rip. 
  • pre-cook the dough in the oven until its slightly browned (about 10 minutes depending on thickness)
  • take about half of the goat cheese and spread on the crust, place back in the oven to fully melt for another 4 minutes
  • slice sausage, add to crust with bacon, brussels sprouts and drizzle some of the pan juices on top
  • sprinkle with mozzarella and top with remaining goat cheese
  • bake until the cheese is melted (about 5-7 minutes)

Happy pizza night!

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