You might not think pizza equates to a holiday recipe, but for my Italian side of the family we have definitely made an impromptu pizza before on Christmas Day with leftover dough from making homemade zeppoles!
This dish is SO easy to put together and works for either an easy appetizer or a meal for one (if you’re motivated enough.. like me..). The key is using a good quality hot Italian sausage, as that is the star of this show.
Sausage Cast Iron Pizza
- 2 hot Italian sausages removed from casing
- all purpose flour
- fresh pizza dough If your using a 12 inch skillet, use about 12 ounces of pizza dough (9 inch, use 9 ounces, etc)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- canned pizza sauce
- fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese plus more for topping
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil chopped
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 pinch freshly cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F
Heat your cast iron on medium heat. Once hot, add sausage crumbles and brown on all sides. Remove the sausage but leave the grease left in the pan.
On a clean, dry surface throw about 2-3 pinches of all purpose flour to cover your surface. Place about 1/2 to 3/4 of your pizza dough on top of the flour and stretch it out until its about the same size of your skillet.
Place your dough inside the skillet. Brush olive oil on the crust (about 1/2 to 1 inch width) and spread pizza sauce on the inside. Top with fresh mozzarella, browned sausage, and parmesan cheese.
Transfer your skillet the stovetop and heat on medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until the bottom begins to slightly brown.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-14 minutes. Remove from the skillet and place on a cutting board. Let rest for at least 5 minutes, top with chopped basil and more parmesan cheese and enjoy!