Sausage & Fennel Pizza: Sautéing With Sudha [3]

Sausage and fennel on pizza is one of my FAV combos. And it's annoying because you don't get fennel on your pizza when you order from like, Dominos or Pizza Hut. You HAVE to go out to a 'nicer' restaurant and let's be honest, I barely have a social life. That's when I decided it's time to make it at home. Here's what you need to do:

Sausage & Fennel Pizza

Prep/Cook Time: 35-40 Minutes

What You'll Need For The Base:

•1 can tomato sauce / pizza sauce

•pizza crust can (pillsbury thin crust preferred)

What You'll Need For The Toppings: •crushed red pepper

•italian seasoning

•garlic powder

•spinach and/or arugula

•1 red onion

•pickled jalapeños

•low fat mozzarella cheese

•parmesan cheese

•fennel seeds

How To:

➊ Preheat the oven according to your pizza crust can instructions. While the oven is heating up, start on your sauce. In a pan, pour in 1 can of your pizza / tomato sauce and let it heat up. Throw in some italian seasoning and garlic powder. I like to use McCormick's Grill Mates Roasted Garlic & Herb seasoning for an extra kick. For some heat, add in crushed red pepper. These all should be added according to taste. Set aside once completed

➋In a separate pan, cook your Italian sausage until almost brown (it'll cook completely once baked on the pizza). Drain out the excess fat and start throwing in some seasonings. I like to do the crushed red pepper and McCormick's to really bring out those flavors that are typically lost in tomato sauce. If not, leave as is once cooked. Lastly, julienne cut your red onions and chop your pickled jalapeños

➌If necessary, pre-bake your pizza crust. I like my crust light and crispy, so spread some oil across your pizza pan and throw into the oven for the recommended time written on the instructions. Once pre-baked, spread on your sauce and start layering your sausage, spinach/arugula mixture, jalapeños, red onions and most importantly load up on the fennel seeds bc GOD BLESS. Cover with cheese at the end. Throw into the oven until fully baked. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese once fully cooked

Notes: • Add in about 1-2 tsp of water into your tomato sauce if it's super thiccccc

• Make sure you don't over 'precook' your crust - overdoing it will cause the the crust to get extremely hard when trying to eat

• A tip for some extra crispy-ness? Put a little oil on a skillet and once hot, place your fully cooked pizza on the skillet. This will allow the crust on the bottom to crisp up without overcooking the pizza / drying out the toppings

Enjoy your incoming food coma!


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