Friday, September 17, 2010

Sausage and Pesto Pizza

Its Friday - so pizza for everyone!  When I made this pizza, I had originally planned to making calzones, but I got kind of lazy - so pizza it was!  It was kind of a thrown-together recipe, but I swear sometimes those make the best dinners.

I obviously love grilling pizza, but feel free to make it in the oven if you prefer.  This was a hit with everyone in our house, and I was the lucky one who got to eat the leftovers. 

I made my own pesto because I think its fun, but feel free to use store-bought.  I also used turkey Italian sausage to cut the fat a bit.  However, I used full-fat smoked mozzarella from a local dairy, and I feel zero guilt for it - it was that good.

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Turkey Sausage and Pesto Pizza
a Pink Parsley Original
  • pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 2 links turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • olive oil, for brushing crust
Prepare grill to high heat (450-500 degrees) or preheat oven.

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, and cook the sausage, breaking up any large clumps, until no longer pink.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Press the pizza dough into a large circle, and brush with olive oil.  Transfer to the grill, oiled side down.  Brush the top with oil.  When the underside of the dough is browned, carefully flip the crust. Working quickly, spread the pesto over the crust, then sprinkle with the sausage, tomato, and mozzarella.  Close grill lid and allow cheese to melt and the crust to cook through.

Carefully transfer the pizza to a large platter, allow to cool slightly, then slice and serve.


Atlanta, Food and Love said...

Josie-can you tell me where you get your cheese locally? I live in Atlanta and would love to buy local you can e-mail me if you would rather that, instead of posting here

oneordinaryday said...

Grilled pizza's awesome. This looks delicious!

Eliana said...

Oh yes girl - full fat cheese is totally the way to go. This pizza looks irresistable.

Josie said...

Atlanta, Food & Love,
I buy it from Atlanta Fresh Yogurt (which also makes the BEST Greek yogurt). They sell it at Whole Foods, but they also have stands at both the Marietta Farmer's Market and The Piedmont Park Green Market. Let me know if you ever try it!

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