Thick Crust Sausage Pizza

Even though it’s already the middle of January this is officially the first Mitten Movie Night of 2018.  I spent the holidays enjoying family and then the first part of the month just trying to get motivated.  Usually I hit the ground running once the holidays are over – so ready for the New Year that I take my tree down LITERALLY the day after Christmas.  This year thought with the holidays falling the way they did made for long weekends that called for being lazy and cooking some of my favorites, like this Thick Crust Sausage Pizza made with Michigan’s Own Jiffy Mix Pizza Crust.

Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I’ve decided in 2018 to do Mitten Movie Night a little differently.  Over the holidays my husband and I watched tons of movies.  We checked out a few YouTube trailer sites (think best Horror Movies of 2016, etc) and picked one nearly every night.  Many of them were ones that I hadn’t heard of or ones that looked just okay but never got a chance to see.  Some of them were so good that I couldn’t wait to share them so that is what I’ve decided to do for the foreseeable future.  Usually what I’ve been doing is talking about movies we plan on seeing that night.  I decided that really didn’t make much sense since how can I give an honest review if I haven’t seen them yet?  Think of this now as a movie review night + good food + great beer.

First up was one of my favorites from our movie nights.  Most people know Anne Hathawy as the Princess Diaries and a million other rom-com’s but in between she was also in this weird but interesting sci-fi/comedy, Colossal. I will say if you look this up online it didn’t get really great ratings and I don’t think it lasted long in theaters but if your looking for out of the box thinking, dark and brooding comedy then you will be in for a treat.  Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While dinner is cooking chill some Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.  If you love Bell’s beer don’t forget that right now is the yearly release of Hopslam.  My husband looks forward to it every year and I know he is now alone.  Now on to the pizza!

To start the pizza combine two boxes of Jiffy Pizza Crust with 1 cup warm water into a bowl.  Stir to combine until there are no clumps then place a towel over the bowl and let rise 10 minutes.  While the crust rises in a pan over medium high heat cook the sausage.  Breaking it up as it cooks into small bite size pieces.  Halfway through add chopped onions and the can of mushrooms.  I find when you use fresh mushrooms for this pizza they get soggy and make the sausage slimy.  Using canned mushrooms helped with this problem but if you do wish to use fresh cook them separate from the sausage and then add as a separate topping.  Cook sausage completely through then set aside until the dough has risen.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a 9″x13″ cookie sheet (make sure it has an edge to it).  Flour your hands a bit and take the dough out of the bowl and form to the sheet.  Push the dough all the way to the edge and then up the sides a bit.  Take prepared sauce and top crust with it pushing to all sides.  Top off with the sausage and mushrooms.  Then add the shredded cheese.

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The last step I do when making this pizza is just for my preference but I really think that it make a delicious difference in the overall taste of this pizza.  Over the top of the cheese sprinkle 1/2 Tbs garlic powder then 1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning.  Put into the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.  Cut into 12 pieces and here you are…..

Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Thick Crust Sausage Pizza
Thick doughy crust sets the stage for tangy spaghetti sauce, Italian sausage mushrooms and onions. Top with lots of cheese and spices for a no fuss pizza night.
Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. To start the pizza combine two boxes of Jiffy Pizza Crust with 1 cup warm water into a bowl. Stir to combine until there are no clumps then place a towel over the bowl and let rise 10 minutes.
  2. While the crust rises in a pan over medium high heat cook the sausage. Breaking it up as it cooks into small bite size pieces. Halfway through add chopped onions and the can of mushrooms. Cook sausage completely through then set aside until the dough has risen.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a 9"x13" cookie sheet (make sure it has an edge to it). Flour your hands a bit and take the dough out of the bowl and form to the sheet. Push the dough all the way to the edge and then up the sides a bit.
  4. Take prepared sauce and top crust with it pushing to all sides. Top off with the sausage and mushrooms. Then add the shredded cheese.
  5. Optional: Over the top of the cheese sprinkle 1/2 Tbs garlic powder then 1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning.
  6. Cook in preheated oven 20 minutes.
  7. Cut into 12 pieces. Enjoy!
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Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup #SundaySupper

I first made this Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup recipe as something quick to take my best friend who was sick in the hospital. I was originally going to make a pasta dish with most of these ingredients but adjusted it on the fly to make the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup to take to her so she could skip the hospital food. I’m glad I did because it has become something that I now make, a lot.

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Top this with some homemade croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan. The croutons give it really good crunch. Now on to the soup!

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.

Now add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked I usually either drain this on a plate with a paper towel or drain in colander. I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.  I now also add the other half of my butter.  Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.

To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.  This is what thickens the stock.

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Add the chicken stock now.  I love using bouillon so I heat up 1 cup of water and dissolve the cubes in that.  Then add the remaining water after that.  Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan.  And here you are……

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published March, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
The ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup with spicy sausage and bites of gnocchi. Top with homemade croutons and Parmesan and dig in.
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened. Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.
  2. Add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked drain **I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.
  3. Add the other half of my butter. Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.
  4. To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.
  5. Add the chicken stock. Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza #SundaySupper

Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own!  Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes.  Baked to gooey perfection.  Forget traditional crust and make this Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Where we live we are about 2 hours from many major cities.  That means we can stay home or go visit Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo (their craft beer scene is awesome~I highly suggest giving it a try) or Chicago.  While we don’t hit Chicago very often we were able for a time to get real deep dish at a Gino’s East location that they had about a half hour from us in Granger, Indiana.  Sadly though it closed.  So it was up to make the thick pizza that I loved so much!  Other than the sausage that comes on an authentic Gino’s East, which is amazing, I think I pulled it off a pretty good copycat.

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Start off with your crust.  This recipe is very similar to my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce with the exception of reducing the flour and adding cornmeal to the dough.  It gives it that crunchy texture that most deep dish pizzas have.  Gather your ingredients….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  You should see bubbles are formed on the top of the water/yeast mixture.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil.  Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.

Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface.  Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan.  Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan.  Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.  Take out of the oven and now it’s time to load it up!  Layer cheese, filling, more cheese then top with the drained tomatoes.  It’s very important that the tomatoes are drained because you don’t want the juice making your crust soggy.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

My filling is a combination of Italian sausage, hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, onions, garlic cloves mixed with Italian seasonings and tomato paste.  I will put the full ingredients below but this is your pizza please add whatever you like!  A great crust, lots of cheese and the crushed tomatoes really are what make a deep dish what it is.  A blank slate to add whatever toppings you like.  Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.  And here you are….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own! Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes. Baked to gooey perfection.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Deep Dish Crust
  1. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Add flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil. Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface. Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan. Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan. Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sausage Filling
  1. Brown sausage and hamburger. Add onions, green peppers, olives, mushroom and garlic. Cook all together the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add in tomato paste, Italian herbs and sugar. Take off heat. Add to pizza in a thick layer.
  3. Take crust out of oven. Load with layers like this: -1/2 Cheese -Filling -Remaining Cheese -Drained tomatoes
  4. Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!
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