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Deep-Dish Sausage Patty Pizza

deep-dish sausage patty pizza Entree Italian
Deep-Dish Sausage Patty Pizza
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 14
  • Servings 8

This five star-rated pizza packs a punch of hearty flavor! With a pan-size sausage patty layered on top of Pillsbury™ pizza crust along with loads of melty cheese and warm tomato sauce, each slice truly is a pizza lover’s paradise (and, dare we say it, better than takeout). MORE+ LESS-

Updated April 14, 2020
Bake-Off® Contest 44, 2010
Amy Winters
Bartlett, Illinois

Ingredients

Sauce

2
tablespoons Crisco® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil
1/4
cup chopped onion
2
teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ whole peeled tomatoes, drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved and tomatoes coarsely chopped
1
teaspoon basil leaves
1
bay leaf
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
or 3 dashes black pepper

Pizza

1
lb bulk sweet Italian pork sausage
2
tablespoons Crisco® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil
1
tablespoon cornmeal
1
can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
4
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (1 lb)
2
teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. In 2-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook about 4 minutes, stirring constantly, until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, basil, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in reserved tomato juice. (Sauce should be thick.) Remove and discard bay leaf.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, spray 12-inch skillet with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Spread sausage over bottom of skillet into large patty. Cook over medium-high heat 5 to 8 minutes on each side, turning once, until no longer pink in center. (If necessary, cut patty in half or into quarters to turn.)
  • 3
    Coat bottom and side of 12-inch cast-iron skillet or other ovenproof skillet with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with cornmeal. Unroll pizza crust dough in skillet; press on bottom and at least halfway up side. Brush dough with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; prick bottom and sides of dough with fork. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over dough. Top with sausage patty, keeping patty in one piece.
  • 4
    Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until crust is light golden brown. Spread sauce over sausage. Bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Expert Tips

  • For extra heat, swap the sweet Italian pork sausage for spicy Italian pork sausage and add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce.
  • A cast-iron skillet works best for this recipe because it’s naturally nonstick and ovenproof, distributes heat evenly and gives the crust a nice, crisp-tender texture. (It’s also easy to clean!)
  • Stir a handful of fresh baby spinach into the cooked sauce before spooning over pizza for a boost of veg.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
Calories from Fat
280
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
48%
Saturated Fat
13g
63%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
1360mg
57%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
7g
Protein
27g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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