1 1/2 cups italian sausage, ground ( or whatever you have on hand)
1 lb pizza dough , thawed (look in your grocery store freezer section OR make your own)
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese , drained well
4 cups mozzarella cheese , shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup pepperoni slice , cooked
2 tablespoons italian seasoning
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 garlic clove , minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons extra parmesan cheese , grated, to taste (dried is ok too)
2 cups marinara sauce , to dip, heated
salt and pepper
Preheat oven and pizza stone (if available) to 450 .
In a large grill plan, cook sausage until browned. Drain.
In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, seasonings, pepperoni and cooked sausage. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Roll dough out to a 15" circle on a pizza paddle or baking sheet that has been lightly dusted with cornmeal. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle.
Spread meat and cheese filling over 1 side of the dough. Leave at least 1-inch of the edge without filling to ensure a tight seal.
Lift 1 side of dough and fold over so that it meets the other side, forming a half moon, and pinch the edges together to seal, using a fork to press edges together. Remove any excess dough which isn't needed for the seal.
Brush with olive oil and sprinkle some parmesan cheese over top.
Cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to release.
Bake 10-15 minutes, until puffed up golden brown.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Heat the marinara sauce in the microwave for dipping.
Hey, adding some onions, olives or even baby spinach and bell peppers could really jaza this dish up even more. It's a pretty flexible recipe, so, dive right in and get creative!