Are you ready to be shocked? Okay, here it goes…
Dustin and I have never agreed on what type of pizza we like best. I know. Crazy, huh? How can we still be together if we can’t agree on something as vital to a marriage as pizza?
Now, you know we both love our pizza. But, no matter what, Dustin will always be an Italian Sausage and Pepperoni pizza kinda guy. Me? I like pretty much everything under the sun variety. I bounce around from the Hawaiian to the Vegetarian to the Works (pretty much a vegetarian with sausage and pepperoni) to the Greek to the Fresh Tomato with Basil to the … I imagine you get my point.
As for the “Italian Sausage and Pepperoni” pizza, I guess I just never really liked the only-meat toppings this style offers. Funny…since that’s pretty much the main reason why Dustin loves it. Add some breakfast bacon and maybe some salami and he’s in heaven.
Well, one day, I decided to embrace Dustin’s beloved pizza. But…in my own way. I wasn’t going to use mediocre Italian sausage or cheap, thin pepperoni like what usually comes on Dustin’s pizzas. Nope. Instead, I was going to buy some freshly made sweet Italian sausage links from my butcher and some nitrate and nitrite free pepperoni. Yep, my way.
I remember the look on Dustin’s face when I told him my plans to make his favorite pizza at home. Total brownie points for Lacey.
Well, long story short: the pizza was fantastic. I used fresh mozzarella and made my Simple Tomato Sauce and Homemade Pizza Dough, which are always winners in our home. I have to say — this pizza now contends for the position of my favorite homemade pizza. It was that good. I’ve already made it again. Twice.
- 1 pizza crust see recipe here
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce see my recipe, use your own or buy pre-made
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup nitrate-free and nitrite-free Pepperoni sliced
- 1 link sweet Italian sausage casing removed
- 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese thinly sliced
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat. Cook Italian sausage until well-browned, making sure to break into bite-size pieces. Once browned, allow to cool. Set aside for later.
- Spread the tomato sauce over the pizza dough, leaving about 1/2 inch around the outside edge for the crust. Sprinkle sauce with oregano, basil, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Spread the mozzarella slices evenly across the pizza. Arrange the crumbled sweet Italian sausage and pepperoni slices over the mozzarella.
- Place the pizza into the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the crust edges are golden and the cheese is melted. After taking the pizza out of the oven, allow it to cool for a few minutes so that the cheese has time to set. Slice pizza and serve