Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pizza with Veggie Pepperoni and Veggie Sausage (12-inch)

When I was a meat eater, I loved pizza with pepperoni and Italian sausage. Now, with the availability of vegetarian pepperoni and sausage in supermarkets across the U.S., we can enjoy those same flavors, but without the guilt.


1 Basic All-Purpose Pizza Crust (12-inch) or Thin Pizza Crust (12-inch) (or your favorite 12-inch pizza crust)
1/2 to 3/4 cup Pizza Sauce, as desired
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 of a 4-ounce package of vegetarian pepperoni slices
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 link (1 individual-size portion) Italian-style vegetarian sausage, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the pizza crust and press into a 12-inch pizza pan, or form it into a 12-inch round on a baking sheet, with the edges slightly thicker to contain the toppings.

Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella.

Arrange the pepperoni slices on the pizza in a single layer.

In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped sausage, and saute until lightly browned. Sprinkle evenly over the pizza.

Top the pizza with the remaining 1/2 cup of the mozzarella and the Parmesan.

Bake for 12-18 minutes, until golden.

Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing

-- 3-4 servings

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