Don’t reach for a takeout menu, until you have tried making your own Chicken Sausage Sheet-Pan Pizza. Using homemade dough, sausage, sweet peppers, onions, tomato sauce and Italian cheeses, you can have pizza, just like Grandma used to make.
Making the Sheet-Pan Pizza dough
While you can use a store-bought dough, making your own can indeed be healthier, less expensive as well as fun to make.
With this in mind, try skipping the additives of some pre-made doughs because all you need is flour, yeast, water, salt, olive oil and yes, some time. To start, you can knead the dough by using a hand mixer or by hand, if you like. This will develop the gluten in the flour and you will have a more elastic dough. Just make sure, that you’re giving the dough plenty of time to rest.
Also today, there are many gluten-free options for your pizza crust. Feel free to experiment, so that you can get the texture and flavor you desire.
A Sausage & Pepper Casserole to Chicken Sausage Sheet-Pan Pizza
For a fact, I am a big fan of meal prepping as well as cook once, eat twice dishes. If you are looking for that option, then I truly recommend that you make a big batch of your favorite Sausage and Pepper Casserole (Look for my recipe, on the website, soon) . Then, all you need to do is top off your pizza dough with the leftovers and some mozzarella cheese. Time-saving as well as delicious.
In this recipe as well as many others, I like to use use Greenwise Chicken Sausage, when I make a sausage and pepper casserole. However, Don’t worry if you don’t have any leftover sausage and peppers around, you can substitute cured dried sausage, like chorizo and thin slices of fresh pepper and onions.
To make the dough, you will need:
- A packet active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tsp. organic honey or sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating bowl
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
- ½ cup semolina flour
Put warm water into a large mixing bowl, add honey and yeast and stir to combine. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes frothy. Gently, stir in olive oil. Next, stir in flour as well as salt. Using stand mixer with dough hook, mix for 10 minutes on medium speed. Now, transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, and with floured hands form the dough into a ball. Then, place dough in a lightly oiled, large mixing bowl. Cover with a clean towel and let it rest for an hour. After that, Punch the dough down and once again, let it rest, covered for an hour.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°. Using a bit more olive oil, lightly grease a large sheet pan. I recall, how years ago, my grandmother would always use Crisco for greasing the pan. Now, after the pan has been greased, I stretch the dough and press it onto the sheet pan. Let it rest for another 15 minutes.
Chicken Sausage… and more ingredient toppings:
- 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
- 2 1/2 cups leftover Chicken Sausage, Pepper & Onion Casserole, cut in bite size pieces or 2-3 cooked cut up sausage links, plus 3/4 cup of sliced sweet peppers and onions.
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 grated Parmesan Cheese
Yummy! Chicken Sausage Sheet-Pan Pizza
Generally, I like to pre-cook the dough. I do this by spreading a thin layer of tomato sauce onto the raw dough, and cooking it for approximately 10 minutes at 450°… but wait a minute, have you ever had big air bubbles form on your pizza while it is baking? Don’t forget to perforate the dough so that air and steam can escape before placing in the oven. Okay, go ahead and place in the oven now.
After 10 minutes, carefully remove from oven, add another layer of tomato sauce and top with sausage, peppers and onions.
Finally, cover with all the cheese and place back in hot oven for 12-15 minutes. If you desire a more golden topping, simply place under broiler until desired doneness.
As I said, this Chicken Sausage Sheet-Pan Pizza will take some time to make, but I believe that you will love the results. Enjoy!