02.08.2013 | Dinner Idea

Snowed in? Here’s a great dinner idea…

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I always love to find fun ways to re-invent food in the kitchen. Going out for Pizza is always easy with so many great pizza places in the city it can be tempting to head out – but why not re-create it in your own kitchen. Pizza is easy, affordable, and enjoyable to make – be it a date night, girls night, or just a low key Friday meal don’t be intimated there is lots of fun to be had. 

Now I must admit – I cheat… and buy the dough pre-made. Loblaw’s has a great pizza dough both whole wheat and white for under $4.00 that is made fresh in store – I am sure there are lots of other great spots but that is my go to. Making it from scratch is also quite easy but my track record with the dough rising is questionable! 

Once you have the dough the key is to determine the toppings – I love a good spicy pizza and one of my favourites is a spicy sausage which you can make from scratch quite easily. All you need is a pound of ground pork, a hot pepper, a handful of fresh basil and oregano, a couple handfuls of parmesan cheese, red wine to de-glaze, salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl with the exception of the red wine… (chop the peppers and  a herbs first) before placing in the bowl with the pork. Mix them all together and place in a hot frying pan – cook through and when the pork is almost all cooked de-glaze the pan with red wine and cook until the wine has fully reduced. Once you have your sausage made you are ready to assemble your pizza. 

Bring your dough out to room temp and get your oven on at up to temp at 500. If you have a clay pizza stone, or a pan place in the oven to pre-heat as well. While the oven is pre-heating stretch out the dough to be the desired thickness you like. Use a bit of flour if the dough is sticky. Bring the pan out of the oven and place pizza  dough on the pan. Top with a small amount of red sauce (you don’t want it to be soggy) sprinkle cheese, spicy sausage, hot peppers and anything else you may like on top. Place in oven for 10ish minutes depending on thickness – remove and enjoy!

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