I made this Pizza… mainly because I realized I cannot live on cookies alone…. Can I? If I must eat something else, then I must eat this.
Pizza is one of my favorite things to make. The possibilities are endless, just like lunch time at the Neville’s when I was a kid ( http://wp.me/p38RXr-1Q)
The sweet taste of the caramelized onions and roasted red peppers, combined with spicy sausage. MMMMMMMM ,…. Mmmm.
That’s it, I have decided… I am going to live on Pizza and Cookies…. And maybe some grilled cheese, and soup…. And cake. Okay, clearly I cannot commit to one food group. Oh well, for now I will eat this pizza.
[Pizza dough adapted from cookbook Eat, Shrink and Be Merry]
Roasted Red Pepper, Caramelized onions and Sausage Pizza
2/3 Cup warm water
2 Teaspoons of honey
1 Package of quick rising yeast
1 Cup of All-Purpose flour
½ Cup whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons of flaxseed meal
½ Teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons of Butter
2 Medium cooking onions sliced
1 Large Red Bell Pepper
Your Favorite Pizza Sauce (or marinara sauce)
2 Italian Sausages
1-2 cups of fresh mozzarella (depends on how cheesy you like it)
Heat butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Stir onions occasionally for about an hour. They will turn a caramel brown color. The trick is to do this on low heat and very slow.
While the onions are getting all yummy and caramelized, make the Pizza Dough.
Pizza Dough Recipe
In a large bowl, dissolve honey in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over top the water and set aside for 5 minutes. It should be foamy.
In a large bowl, mix both flours, flaxseed meal and salt.
After 5 minutes, add olive oil to the yeast mixture. Pour the yeast into the flour mixture and mix until combined.
Knead the dough for a couple of minutes on a floured surface, then form into a ball.
Spray a separate bowl with cooking spray (or olive oil spray), place the dough in the bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. It should double in size.
Roast the red peppers
Turn your oven to broil. Cut the red pepper into 4 pieces. Lay the pieces skin up on a baking sheet. Place in the oven about 6 inches from the top, and broil for 5 minutes. The skin should be a little burnt. Take them out and place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Set aside.
Take the sausages out of their casing and cook in a medium skillet over medium heat. Break the sausage up best you can, cook until brown. Set aside.
Take the red peppers out of the bowl and peel the skin off. This should peel off very easy. Cut them into strips.
Once all the topping are ready, you can assemble your pizza.
Assemble the pizza
Pre-heat the oven to 425F
Punch down the dough, roll-out on floured surface to desired shape, mine was a traditional round pan.
Evenly spoon the tomato/pizza sauce over the crust. Arrange the onions on top of the sauce. Then sprinkle the sausage over the onions. Then put on the roasted red pepper strips.
Top with the cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. The bottom of the pizza should be a golden brown.