Monday, September 5, 2011

Dorm Room Dinner: Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pizza

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Being with my parents, and sisters, and boyfriends, even for a weekend, lends itself to a number of "blog-worthy" moments.  But this weekend, talking about wedding meals (for K and E), I was reminded how much my dad loves peppers, onions, and sausage.  Sausage is certainly not a staple of our household.  Mom enjoys as little meat as possible (with the exception of maybe chicken).  I don't know how we managed it but all three of us girls love meat!  I suspect Dad's heavy handed influence!

In fact, whenever we went to a wedding or party, Dad would load up on this dish.  When I was talking to Dad last weekend about unique dinner ideas, his love of sausage, peppers, and onions was one of the first ones he tossed out.  I have already made one sausage pizza, but what was to stop me from making another?  Luckily, hot italian sausage was also on sale this week.  It seemed like a winning idea to me, and a perfect ending to a busy week.

In fact, now that it has officially turned fall (although it is still warm thank goodness, here in Boston), I'm much more likely to turn on the oven!  And, with Haymarket closer than ever, it was easy to pick up an onion and a few peppers.  The red peppers weren't looking too good this week but there were some beautiful green ones.  You can use whichever you have on hand.
Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pizza
Serves:  4
4 sausage links
2 peppers, diced (we used green)
1 white onion, diced
1 pizza dough, storebought or homemade
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup mozzerella cheese, grated (we used buffalo)

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.  Grill the sausage links about 15 minutes, until fully cooked (or bake in the oven at 400 degrees F for the same amount of time) and let the sausage links cool.  Meanwhile, grease a small skillet with cooking spray and cook the peppers and onions about 5 minutes, until wilted.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out the dough (I like to roll it out in a 10x15 cookie sheet for easy clean-up) and top with tomato sauce and cheese.  Top with peppers and onions.  Slice sausages and place evenly over the pizza.  Place the pizza in the oven and let it bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted and the crust is golden brown.  Cut into slices and serve immediately.

John and I agreed these would also make great calzones, but, we are still trying to unpack and get our bearings!  Not having the whole kitchen at my disposal is becoming difficult.  That's why this weekend I resolve to fully unpack the kitchen.  We were trying so hard to unpack necessary items (i.e. work clothes, bathroom stuff, and my bed), that we seem to be lacking in other areas.  No matter; eventually everything will be unpacked.

Whether you're in the midst of moving, or are looking for a quick and delicious dinner--this has your name written all over it!

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. I'm a sausage lover, and this sounds amazing!!


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