For those of you who know me personally, and/or follow my blog - you're probably aware of my passion for pizza making. To make it easier for those who are interested to find other pizza recipes featured on the blog - I've created a new label "Cook - Pizza". The story behind this week's pizza recipe is that there was a pizza shop, Corner Grille, that J and I used to frequent when we lived in Worcester, MA. They had this fabulous sausage and squash pizza that I loved, and since I haven't been able to find this combo anywhere in LA, I had to figure out how to make it myself. It's not exactly the same as Corner Grille's, but if I can say so myself, this pizza is quite delicious!!!
Ingredients: (makes one large pizza) - serves 2-3 hearty appetites
- 1/2 package trader joe's regular pizza dough - (we like our crust on the thin side)
- 1 package trader joe's pre cut butternut squash (I think it was 8 oz)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp sea salt and 1/4 tsp pepper
- 3 sweet italian sausage links (casings removed) - approx 1/2 lb
- crumbled feta cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 F. In a medium sized bowl, toss squash with olive oil, brown sugar, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, red pepper flakes. Place squash on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender.
- While the butternut squash is cooking, brown the sausage in a frying pan, drain and set aside
- Place pizza stone in oven, preheat oven to 500F
- Roll out the pizza dough to desired thickness. Cover with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some feta over the mozzarella. Sprinkle the sausage bits and squash on top.
- Transfer pizza using pizza peel (makes it so much easier!) to oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
Serve with a nice green salad (check out - "Cook - Salad" label for some options. I'll post another salad recipe later this week!)