Pizza Friday – Fennel & Sausage Pizza

by Tracey

homemade fennel and sausage pizza paired with a white wine

Welcome back to another Pizza Friday! This Friday, we are making fennel and sausage pizza! This pizza is easy to make, packed with tons of flavor and protein, and is super tasty! Y’all are going to love it! 

homemade fennel and sausage pizza paired with a white wine

We are going with our favorite garlicky olive oil sauce for this pizza.  It doesn’t mask the fennel flavors, plus it’s super simple too!   Here is what you need:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Salt and Pepper

If you have left-over or flavored sausage, add it to this pizza. If you are making sausage from scratch, you will need the following ingredients: 

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 medium cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and then sauté the mixture in a skillet using your wooden spoon, breaking the sausage into pieces/crumbles. 

For the veggies, you will need:

  • fennel, thinly sliced or julienne
  • sliced sweet red pepper or sub red chili pepper for a more spicy pizza 
  • Topped with fennel fronds

homemade fennel and sausage pizza paired with a white wine

Wine Pairings Ideas:

We selected a white blend of Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer to pair with this fennel and sausage pizza.  The gentle notes of floral and spices complement the flavors of the roasted fennel and seasoned sausage.

The wine we selected is from M Cellars Winery, located within the Grand River Valley Wine Region in Ohio.  Any Pinot Gris or White Blend with a higher percentage of Pinot Gris grapes would pair nicely with this pizza.

Don’t forget to make the best overnight pizza dough to go with your pizza Fridays!  I hope you love this pizza! Enjoy!

homemade fennel and sausage pizza paired with a white wine

 

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homemade fennel and sausage pizza paired with a white wine

Fennel & Sausage Pizza


  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
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Description

This homemade fennel and sausage pizza is easy to make, packed with tons of flavor and protein, and is super tasty! Pair your pizza with a Pinot Gris wine as the gentle notes of floral and spices complement the roasted fennel and seasoned sausage perfectly. 


Ingredients

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Pizza: 

  1. Pizza dough, homemade or storebought 
  2. 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. pinch of salt and pepper
  5. 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes (4 ounces)
  6. 1/2 cup store-bought flavored sausage or make your own 
  7. 1 fennel bulb, julienne or thinly sliced
  8. 3 sweet red peppers, thinly sliced, or sub red chili peppers for a more spicy pizza
  9. fresh fennel fronds 

Instructions

  1. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 550 degrees F or as high as it can get. You want your oven as hot as possible. 
  2. Prepare pizza dough.  If your dough was in the fridge, bring the dough to room temperature about 30 minutes before rolling it out. If your dough is ready, flour the surface and flour a rolling pin to roll the dough from the center to the edges until the circle is about half an inch thick.  Once fully rolled out, place parchment paper on your pizza peel, gently pick up the dough, and lay it on top. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix the minced garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  4. Using a silicone pastry brush, gently add the garlicky olive oil mixture on top of the pizza dough.
  5. Assemble the pizza by adding the red sweet peppers (or sub red chili peppers), fennel, sausage, and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly on top. 
  6. Gently slide pizza onto the pizza stone and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.  If needed, turn on the broiler on high to make the cheese extra brown on top. Be careful not to burn the pizza, as this process goes quickly. 
  7. Remove pizza from the oven and add fresh fennel fronds on top.
  8. Cut into slices and serve immediately. 
  • Category: Entree, Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Keywords: fennel and sausage pizza, pizza Friday, homemade pizza

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