Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weeknight Dinner: Hot Sausage Two-Cheese Pizza

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Pizza is certainly not a new concept, and be certain that my momma makes the best homemade pizza I have ever had.  But, last weekend, I was treated to a night of NO COOKING!  That's right, John made dinner, which was spectacular.  Almost every Friday, we have pizza night.  Trader Joe's has $1 pizza dough (actually $0.99); they have 3 different flavors but we like Garlic & Herb the best.  By the end of the week I always have a dollar in my pocket, and TJs is my stop!  If you don't have one near you though, don't fret!  Local pizzerias will often also give you their homemade pizza dough.  My favorite pizza dough comes from a Brighton institution called Presto's Pizza!  They charge $2 for their dough, so that's a big treat for us! 

But, given the cost of yeast in my area, their dough comes out cheaper than a 4 pack of yeast.  Crazy, I know, but truthful.  And, I'd rather use yeast to make bread and things.  Anyway, John made a Hot Sausage Two-Cheese Pizza.  He was really proud of it so I photographed it, and while we were eating, he asked if it would make the blog.  Blog born.

My favorite thing about pizza is that we could literally have pizza once a week but its always different!  Rather than paying an extra $2 for chicken, or sausage, or bacon, or extra cheese, we're free to use leftovers, vegetables, etc.  It makes a great end of week fridge cleaning activity!  Best of all, kids can so easily do this!  We're pretty professional since my roommate, A, has her own pizza stone, and I have a great pizza cutter, but just separate the dough, roll it out and let each kid decorate their own!  Dinner, done!

Hot Sausage Two-Cheese Pizza
1 Trader Joe's Garlic and Herb dough (or similar 16 ounces of dough)
4 hot italian sausages
1 cup of marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese
1 cup of asiago cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Remove sausage casings.  In a small skillet, brown italian sausage.  Set aside.  Roll out the Trader Joe's dough.  Be careful not to flour the dough too much when rolling as it gets tough.  Put the dough on a greased cookie sheet (or pizza stone).  Spoon on the marinara sauce until it evenly coats the dough.  Top with asiago and mozzarella cheeses.  Then, top with italian sausage.  Cook for about twelve minutes; cheese should be melted and bottom of dough should be crispy.  Cut into slices and serve.

A nice easy dinner to end a long week!!  

Until the next time the oven is on...

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