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