I love three day weekends. Here at MIT we get at least one Monday off every month (we jokingly call them Suicide Mondays…they are days off that the school gives us to prevent us from doing ourselves in), although the one for February so conveniently fell on President’s Day so it wasn’t really a special day just for us. I’m definitely much less productive on three-day weekends, however. It’s true, I am a procrastinator by nature, and so even though we get more time off, I definitely get significantly less done. I finally went to the mall yesterday to get my watch fixed and I stopped at Borders to drool over their wide assortment of cookbooks. I ended up picking up an Indian cookbook that was on sale for 9.99. As I flipped through, the pictures of each recipe made me salivate, so I figured it was necessary. Beware, there may be a lot of Indian food on this blog to come!
In deciding what to make for dinner this week, I knew I needed to use up the cup of shredded mozzarella that was in my fridge, and I had one more half pound of Trader Joe’s dough in the fridge, so I opted for pizza. I have truly been on a pizza kick lately, and I think it may have something to do with the new pizza pan that I bought…at least I’m getting good use out of it. My potatoes and peppers of last week were still lurking in my mind, so I decided to go with the similar flavor combo of sausage and peppers. I also got the idea for this from a pizza I saw a while back on A Year In The Kitchen, which is one of my favorite blogs. The pizza was great and the turkey sausage that I used made it lighter than your typical sausage pizza. Perfect for dinner and two lunches! (And it went great with the eggplant salad).
Sausage and Peppers Pizza
Serves 2 for dinner, or 1 for dinner and 2 for lunch, adapted from A Year In The Kitchen
1/2 lb Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough
2 links turkey sausage
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
8 oz tomato sauce (I used Hunt’s Roasted Garlic)
1. Preheat oven to 450. In a skillet, cook onions until slightly caramelized. Remove the turkey sausage from its casings and add to the skillet. Using a spatula, break it up into crumbles as it browns. When it is cooked through, remove from heat and set aside.
2. Spread out dough on a floured pizza pan. Top with tomato sauce, leaving a margin for the crust. Cover with mozzarella cheese, sausage, and onions.
3. Cut the pepper into rings and place on top of sausage. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
4. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until crust is browned and crispy and cheese has melted and started to brown.