Saturday, July 5, 2014


Hero Pizza

I've gathered all of the best ingredients form a hot and saucy hero sandwich--Italian sausage, peppers, and plenty of cheese--and put the on a kid friendly pizza.

ACTIVE TIME: 15 MINUTES                                                              TOTAL TIME: 50 MINUTES 
                                                  MAKES: 4 MAIN-DISH SERVINGS


1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
8 ounces Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
1 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow pepper, thinly sliced
8 ounces {1 package} sliced mushrooms
1/ 4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound fresh or frozen{thawed} pizza dough
3/4 cup bottled pizza sauce
1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese {5 ounces}
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 15 1/2" by 10 1/2" Jelly-roll pan with 1 tablespoon oil.

2) In a nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add sausage, cook 5 to 6 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up sausage with the sice of a spoon. With a slotted spoon, remove sausage to a bowl.

3) To drippings in skillet, add red and yellow pepper and cook, covered, over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and cook, uncovered 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4) Return sausage to skillet; stir in salt and black pepper. Remove skillet from heat.

5) With fingers, push dough into bottom and up sides of prepared pan. Spread marina sauce over the dough, then top with sausage mixture, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses. Place pan on rack in lower third of the oven. Bake pizza 20 to 22 minutes or until topping is hot and bubbly and crust is browned.

6) Let cool for 5 minutes and cut with a pizza cutter and serve hot. ENJOY!