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Hot Sausage Deep-Dish Pizza

Active Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 6-8 servings
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp butter, cubed
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb. bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) fresh or frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 5 oz Buholzer Brothers Havarti Cheese, shredded (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup julienned roasted red peppers, drained
  • 6 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 oz Parmesan cheese, finely shredded (about 1/2 cup)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450°F.
  2. Melt butter in a heavy, large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 20-25 minutes longer or until onions are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove onions from the skillet; cool completely.
  3. Brown sausage in the same pan over medium heat; drain. Set aside.
  4. Roll out and stretch pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle. Press dough on the bottom and about 1 inch up sides of a greased 10-inch springform pan.
  5. Spread pizza sauce on dough bottom. Sprinkle with fontina. Top with the onions, reserved sausage, red peppers, mozzarella and parmesan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Cool slightly before serving.

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