Remember when I told you I talked the husband out of salmon and made a different meal? Well, this was that meal. :) Of course it was pizza, what else did you think? You should know by now that pizza and I are involved in an intense love affair.
After picking up some basil sausage at Trader Joes, I decided to make a pesto-based pizza, topped with said sausage. This pizza pretty much came to me as I picked up ingredients at Trader Joes recently and the combo worked out fantastically.
The husband can be kind of picky, so I was worried about him liking this pizza, but he loved it. He scarfed down two big pieces for dinner, ate a bit more for a midnight snack, and then polished off the rest for lunch the next day! I'd say that's a pretty big endorsement right there.
I love this pizza and can't wait to make it again. It might be good with some red onion bits on it as well, but that's up to you to decide. I plan to keep the recipe just as it is.
Basil Lover's Pizza
hunk of olive oil dough (I used all AP flour this time, no whole wheat)
7 ounce container of pesto
2 chicken and turkey basil sausages (I picked these up at Trader Joes), sliced
about 10 grape tomatoes, split in half lengthwise
mozarella cheese, shredded
a few leaves of basil, thinly sliced
Heat your oven to 525 degrees, with the pizza stone inside.
Stretch your dough into the desired size and thickness. The husband likes thin crust pizza, so I stretch mine out a lot, maybe to 1/4" thickness.
Spread the pesto all over the dough, leaving a 1/4"-1/2" ring for the crust. Sprinkle the cheese over the pesto and top with the sausage and tomatoes.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes, top with the basil, and serve.