Put a twist on an old favorite with this pizza recipe.
Pizza, Per Favore!
Classic Pizza Margherita
1 package refrigerated pizza dough
1/4cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 package mild Italian sausage
1/2 medium red onion, minced
1 tablespoon parsley, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon oregano
8 Roma tomatoes, sliced, divided (save 10 slices for the top)
10 fresh basil leaves, divided
2cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup fontina cheese, shredded
Pepper and sea salt
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
Position oven rack on lowest shelf and heat oven to 425°F. Lightly oil pizza pan. Roll out dough as thin as possible. Let rest 10 minutes.
In small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high; add sausage and cook until browned. Remove from skillet, cool slightly and coin slice. In same pan, sauté onion and parsley to golden, then stir in garlic and oregano for a few seconds. Add tomatoes to pan, crushing them as they are mixed (do not substitute crushed tomatoes). Boil, stirring 5 minutes or until thick.
Spread sauce over crust, sprinkle with half the basil, mozzarella, fontina, sausage, remaining slices of tomatoes and finally remaining olive oil. Finish with generous pepper and a little sea salt. Bake for 10 minutes.
Using spatula and oven mitt, slip pizza off pan directly onto oven rack, bake for 2 minutes. Slip pizza back onto pan, remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil. Cut and enjoy. Yields 4 to 6 servings.