Veggie and Sausage Supreme Pizza


Veggie Supreme PizzaPizza is everyone’s favorite. With all these fresh veggies, why not serve them up on pizza? This one is main stream enough that even the kids will go for it. Of course, you can change the toppings to suit your fancy.

Veggie and Sausage Supreme Pizza Recipe

I started making this pizza when we lived in Minnesota and the kids were young. At that time, we had a favorite national chain that we attended regularly. The kids declared this pizza better than the restaurants’. That’s pretty good considering the number of veggies that I would usually sneak under all that cheese.

Ingredients

For the crust

1 seven gram package instant yeast
2 3/4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 cup water at 105 degrees
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil

For the filling

1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
about 1 1/2 cups pizza or spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon dry crushed oregano (optional)
1 tablespoon dry crushed basil leaves (optional)
2 cups shredded mozzarella
about 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
about 1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 bell pepper diced
1/2 cup olives, sliced
1 cup shredded mozzarella, fontina, or gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

For the crust

Prepare a 15-inch pizza pan or a 8 1/2 x 13-inch baking pan by greasing generously with olive oil and sprinkling with corn meal or semolina flour.

1. Place half the flour and yeast in the bowl of your stand-type mixer. Add the warm water and beat with a dough hook until it is partially mixed—about 30 seconds. The purpose of this mixing is to hydrate the yeast.
2. Add the rest of the flour to the bowl. Add the salt, sugar, and olive oil. Knead with the dough hook at medium speed for four minutes adding more flour to reach a soft but not sticky dough. Press the dough into the pizza pan or the baking pan and cover and let stand in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until it is puffy. Complete with the filling as directed.

For the filling

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

1. Cook the Italian sausage, drain the grease from the cooked sausage, and pat it free of grease. Set it aside.
2. Spread the pizza sauce on the pizza dough. Sprinkle it with the optional oregano and basil and then the 2 cups mozzarella. Spread the cooked sausage over the cheese.
3. Spread the mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and olives over the mozzarella. Sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon of oregano and 1 teaspoon basil over the vegetables.
4. Spread the remaining cheese over the vegetables.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is brown and the cheeses are bubbly. Serve hot.

Makes one 15 inch pizza.

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