We love pizza around here! We have it a lot. We’re not opposed to having someone deliver it, but when you can make your own, it’s so much better. First of all, you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand for toppings. I’ve made more than a few pizzas with some leftover grilled vegetables during the summer. Also in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of SPICY! When I make my own sauce I can make it as spicy as I like. For this pizza I also added a little smoke in the form of a smoked mozzarella. Smoky, spicy and sausagey! What a combination! And we didn’t have to tip the delivery boy either.
For the sauce I combined the bright robust flavor of the San Marzano tomatoes with the kick of the red pepper flakes, the pungent flavor of the garlic and the sweetness of the tomato paste. It’s pretty darn good.
I cannot tell a lie. This is not my pizza dough recipe. I wanted to make my own but I cannot mess with perfection. And that’s what this dough is…perfection. It’s wonderfully crispy on the outside and still chewy and moist on the inside. This recipe is the creation of my friend, chef and writer of not one, but TWO food blogs, Island Vittles and Outlander Kitchen. You can find her recipe here.
Mmmmmmmmm, sausage. I’ve chosen a spicy Italian sausage that I get from a local market. It’s made from pork, fennel, paprika and red pepper flakes. It’s spicy, but not too spicy. You could definitely go with a sweet Italian sausage instead. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.
I really love the smokiness of the smoked mozzarella when it mingles with the creaminess of the plain mozzarella and the spiciness of the sausage. In the words of Emeril, it really kicks it up a notch.
Enjoy! It goes great with Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery!!