Sausage, spinach and provolone pizza

Here at our house pizza is a favorite.  I love pizza, but only if it is made at home.  Ordering pizza out is way too expensive, laden with lots of calories and just plain not good to me.  Now there  is one place  I would go for pizza and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. It  has the best pizza and greek salad.  If you know the one I am trying to think of let me know and I will link to them.  When we were there the line was way out the door, but worth the wait. 

I have been making pizza since high school.  My favorite was a pizza made in an electric skillet with a  biscuit dough crust. It was a treat! Now I will make pizza dough in the food processor, bread machine, mixer or use refrigerated or frozen dough that I pick up at the store. 

Making your own dough is very easy.  You just measure and let the machine do the work.  But, that will have to be another post.  It is way too much information for now!  

Pizza making is an experiment until you know your oven well.  Most of the time I put pizza on the bottom rack and I cook it at a very high temperature of 55o degrees. I have just been introduced to a  pizza stone which so far makes the best pizza I have ever put in my mouth. My blog mentor from Dine and Dish wrote this blog and inspired me to try using a pizza stone.  But, I am not there yet.     I don’t feel that I can share using the stone  with you now because I am so inept at getting it from the peeler to the stone.   Maybe it will not take much longer!   My point is the times and temperatures may vary for your oven and you will have to make pizza several times before you get it just right, but when you do you will never go back for pizza out or delivery. Not only is it better, but you will save a boatload of money.  

This recipe is adapted from Real Simple.  It is light but packs big flavor.    GI Joe who would eat pizza day and night for weeks at the time. He  loved it.  Even the leftovers were great.  So here you go!

Sausage, spinach, and provolone Pizza (adapted from Real Simple)

  • 1 pound of pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • 3/4 lb. Italian sausage casing removed, browned and drained
  • 1 large oyster mushroom ( other varieties will work it just happened to be delivered in my CSA box)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • small bunch of spinach, thick stems removed about 3 cups
  • 1 – 1/2 shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Shape dough into a 14 inch circle. Sprinkle a cutting board with cornmeal and dust the bottom of the pizza dough with cornmeal.  Place on a pizza pan.  I prefer one with holes for a crispy crust. It can also be cooked on a pizza stone.  Following the directions that came with the stone.  

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet.  Saute mushrooms until limp. Add garlic and red pepper flakes.  Place cooked sausage in the skillet with mushrooms and garlic.  Mix.  Add spinach, salt and pepper to taste and cook tossing, for 1 minute.

Place mixture on dough.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake for about 15 minutes.  ( I use the bottom rack and I turn my oven to 550 degrees)  Dough should be nicely browned and cheese bubbly.  Enjoy!

Now this is what I am talking about when it comes to mushrooms!

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53 responses to “Sausage, spinach and provolone pizza

  1. We love making homemade pizza – your toppings sound amazing. I love that gorgeous oyster mushroom. I bought our pizza stone and peel from kingarthurflour.com and am pleased with them. My latest trick is stretching the dough out on parchment paper and letting it cook on there as well – using the pizza peel to put the pizza on the parchment paper on and off the stone.

  2. Alexis A

    I learned that different spices can be combined to make a delicious flavor, and you would think that the spices wouldn’t even go together.

  3. danielle

    i learned you can make pizza in an electric skillet.

  4. mike "da beast"

    i didnt know you could make pizza crust out of biscuit dough.

  5. Aaron

    I learned that homemade pizza taste better than your average take outs and store bought froozen pizza’s.

  6. Bethany 1st period

    I learned you can make pizza dough in the food processor, bread machine, mixer or use refrigerated or frozen dough that I pick up at the store.

  7. Rachel S.

    I learned that you can use olive oil to saute the mushrooms and if you use a pizza pan with holes the pizza will be more crispy.This looks really good! :)

  8. chasitywilson

    i learned how that you use cornmeal on this pizza

  9. anna 1st

    i learned that if you use a pizza pan with holes the crust will be crispier

  10. Haylee W

    I learned that there is such thing as an oyster mushroom! (:

  11. Brittany-1st block.

    I learned that you can saute mushrooms in olive oil! I also learned that the temperature for cooking the pizza will vary, depending on your oven.

  12. Tatiana G

    I didn’t know you use cornmeal when making pizza

  13. Marianna

    I learned that you can put spinach on a pizza and people actually will eat it. I guess I would have to try it to enjoy it.

  14. shalynne w.

    i learned how pretty a mushroom can be.

  15. tommie 1st

    I learned that you can use cornmeal on pizza and that pizza pan with holes in it is better to cook pizza in.

  16. kamryn-1st period

    I learned you can make pizza in an electric skillet !

  17. tyrone

    i learned how to use cornmeal in a pizza

  18. yvonne mcgregor

    i learned you can make pizza crust out of biscuit dough

  19. Tyler D. Burnett

    i didn’t know you could buy so many different varieties of mushrooms! I am definitely going with my mom next time she goes shopping! i love mushrooms!

  20. Tori Bowen

    I had no idea pizza could be made out of biscuit dough!

  21. tania

    i learned that you can use an oyster mushroom for this.

  22. amber gillis

    i learned that you need to poke holes in the dough so that the crust can become nice and crispy

  23. Lexxi J

    This looks good I love pizza. I guess I learned that you can use regular mushrooms from the garden.

  24. Amy w

    I learned you can make pizza from biscuit dough!

  25. Sarah J.

    I had no clue you can make a pizza in an electric skillet!!

  26. Levi Atkinson

    it looks absolutely immaculate i wonder if it taste as good as it looks.

  27. Vaida R.

    It is very interesting to learn that if you put a pizza on a pan with holes it will make the crust crispy.

  28. Sasha W.

    I never knew that you had to poke holes in the crust so that it didn’t bubble up!

  29. kim s

    i learned that you use cornmeal in pizza dough

  30. erika

    i learned you can put different spices together to get a better flavor i also learned you can put dough in a food processor.

  31. Naomi Henry

    i learned you can make pizza crust from biscuit dough.

  32. cynthia i

    i learned making homemade pizza is very inexspensive & healthier to do so !

  33. Callie C.

    I love making homemade pizza
    Its great family time!!
    I never knew you could make pizza with
    biscuit dough!!

  34. pizza ain’t pizza without a bit of sausage, that’s how i feel about it. the same goes for pasta. i think your pie is gorgeous–nice work!

  35. RadianceM

    I didn’t know that you could poke holes in pizza

  36. Chelsea Maxwell

    I didn’t know you could cook a pizza in an electric skillet.

  37. Dacia King

    You can make pizza dough in a food processor, bread machine, mixer or use refrigerated or frozen dough andd you used a pizza stone.

  38. Nicole Fasick

    You can prepare it by a food processor, bread machine, mixer or use refrigerated or frozen dough. She used a pizza stone.

  39. Kristin 1st

    I learned you can make it in an electrical skillet.

  40. Brett Baxley

    I didn’t know you could make a pizza in an electric skillet.

  41. Megan 1st

    You can make dough in a food processor, bread machine, or just use dough from the store. She used a pizza stone.

  42. Kayla Daniels

    I learn how to sprinkle a cutting board with cornmeal and dust the bottom of the pizza dough with cornmeal.

  43. cody griggs

    Food processor, , bread machine, mixer or use refrigerated or frozen dough that you pick up at the store and is cooked on a pizza stone

  44. Ladd 1st period

    You can prepare the dough in the food processor, bread machine, mixer or use refrigerated or frozen dough that you pick up at the store. You cooked it on the pizza stone.

  45. Abigail Kremer

    I did not know you could make dough in a food processor.

  46. Kaytlyn 2nd

    I never knew that you could make pizza crust in a skillet.

  47. Chase Ducharme

    I never thought you could make it in an electric skillet i thought the oven was the only option.

  48. Summer B.

    i never knew there were so many ways you could prepare pizza dough, guess ill have to try each out and see which one i like best, i love making pizza (:

  49. Jenna Hanson

    I learned that this recipe is light but packs big flavor. Also, that the dough should be nicely browned and the cheese should be bubbly.

  50. Le'Keitha 2nd block

    you made your dough in a crust skillet and you can make doug in a food processor, bread machine, buy it frozen at the store or uncold

  51. Denisse 2nd period

    well now i know that biscut dough can be a pizza crust!

  52. Elizabeth 2nd period

    there is so many ways to make pizza dough! i have to try the one with biscuit dough.

  53. Sameena F. 1st period

    I did not know you can make pizza dough from a food processor and I also did not know that you can use regular biscuit dough!

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