Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Although this is similar to another recipe such as the Hatch Chilli and Fresh Corn No-Knead Pizza, Joy the baker still brings us a pizza recipe that makes us feel as if each slice are two kinds.

Originally based from Jim Lahey’s no-knead pizza dough recipe, this pizza is a healthy pick made out of red and yellow peppers, olive oil that prevents the dough to stick on the pan, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella and pizza sauce.

So you may ask, why would people think there are two pizzas in one? Because literally, there are two piles of toppings on it and all you need to do is sprinkle cheese, sausage bits, and peppers all over the dish up to its ends (the crusts).

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pizza



makes 2 pizzas

inspired by Jim Lahey and Shutterbean

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2 3/4 cups bread flour

1 cup whole wheat flour (or 3 3/4 cups bread flour)

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 1/2 cup warm water

extra virgin olive oil for the pan


1.       In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.  Add warm water all at once.  Using a wooden spoon, work the mixture together until fully incorporated.  If necessary ditch the spoon and work the mixture together with your hands.  The dough will be slightly shaggy.

2.       Cover the dough with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel.  Let rise at room temperature for 2 hours.

3.       After resting, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Divide in half.  If you’re only going to make one pizza, wrap the second piece of dough in plastic wrap, place in a ziplock bag, and place in the freezer.  Defrost dough in the fridge overnight and allow to come to room temperature before pressing out into the pizza crust.

4.       Working with one dough at a time, liberally oil a 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.  Place the rounded dough on the pan and stretch and press the dough out into a flat rectangle.  If the dough springs bag as you’re pressing it out, simply wait five minutes to allow the dough to rest and then try again.  The dough should be very this.  If the dough tears, don’t worry, just press it back together.

Top with:

3/4 cup pizza sauce

1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 uncooked spicy sausages, de-cased and sautéed until cooked through

thinly sliced red and yellow peppers

1.       Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

2.       Top pizza with sauce (all the way to the edges) cheese, and toppings.

3.       Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the edges are charred and bubbling.  Remove from the oven.  Allow to cool for a few moments then slice and top with crushed red pepper flakes and fresh arugula.  Serve immediately.

Posted by Diane Araga, on March 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM