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homemade fennel and sausage pizza paired with a white wine
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Fennel & Sausage Pizza

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. 
Course Entree, Pizza
Cuisine Italian-Inspired
Keyword fennel and sausage pizza, Homemade Pizza, Pizza Friday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Tracey Gene

Ingredients

Pizza: 

  • Pizza dough homemade or storebought
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • ½ cup fresh mozzarella cheese cut into cubes (4 ounces)
  • ½ cup store-bought flavored sausage or make your own
  • 1 fennel bulb julienne or thinly sliced
  • 3 sweet red peppers thinly sliced, or sub red chili peppers for a more spicy pizza
  • fresh fennel fronds

Instructions

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • In a small bowl, mix the minced garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  • Using a silicone pastry brush, gently add the garlicky olive oil mixture on top of the pizza dough.
  • Assemble the pizza by adding the red sweet peppers (or sub red chili peppers), fennel, sausage, and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly on top. 
  • 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. 
  • Remove pizza from the oven and add fresh fennel fronds on top.
  • Cut into slices and serve immediately.