Pizza in our house usually consists of ham and pineapple. Occasionally I like to add mushrooms and green peppers but for the most part, even though they taste amazing, they’re nothing to write about. I have made, in the past, this yummy prosciutto pizza but since my New Year’s resolution was to be more creative I decided to try a caramelized sausage, onion, mushroom pizza which turned out fabulous.
To some of you this might not be all too original or special, but if you’re in a pizza rut, like J and I were in, try this!
- pizza crust (homemade or store bought)
- Pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
- ½ – 1 lb ground sausage
- 1 small onion sliced and caramelized
- Wild mushrooms, if you chose to use regular mushrooms at least get crimini, sliced
- 1 lb mozzarella
- Fresh basil and shaved parm for garnish (and extra flavour)
In a medium pan, cook sausage until cooked and browned. If it’s unseasoned you can always add you own mix. I threw in fennel, red pepper flakes, oregano, salt and pepper in mine. When meat is done, set aside. Don’t drain fat. In same skillet, cook mushrooms until just starting to cook down. About 10 min. Set aside. Cook Onion in same pan, heat oil on med and cook onions until soft and starting to caramelize, about 30 min. At this point I added some balsamic to my onions and cooked that down. I didn’t notice a huge different in flavour but it did add some sweetness.
Pre-heat oven to 450. If you’re pizza dough recipe calls for a different temperature, then use that one. Once oven is hot, roll out pizza dough, throw on hot pizza stone if using, or pizza pan. Top with sauce, sausage, onion, mushrooms and mozza. Cook until crust browns and cheese is bubbly.
Once you take the pizza out of the oven, top with fresh herbs and parmesan. The parm will melt into the pizza as it cools.
J and I both really loved this pizza. It was rather time consuming due to having to cook most of the ingredients first. If you’re good at mutli tasking you can cook more than one item at a time. It was also more filling then our usual pizza which was nice because it meant leftovers. I will definitely make this again and also give other pizzas a chance!