1/2 pound ground sausage
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red pepper, diced
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pizza dough ball (make breadsticks out of the other half, recipe follows)
4 mozzarella deli slices
8 whole mushrooms
fresh basil or oregano, optional
Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray the insides and outer rim of two 2-cup oven safe bowls with cooking spray, place two slices of cheese over lapping, 4 whole mushrooms, and a scoop of the meat mixture into each bowl. Cut pizza dough ball in half and then flatten into two rounds. Place a round of dough over each bowl and press to seal. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes, and then gently release the dough from the sides of the bowl. Flip the bowl onto a plate, remove bowl, and eat with a fork and knife. Top with fresh basil or oregano, serve with hot sauce. Too cool!
Cheese on bottom, then 4 whole mushrooms, and then sausage mixture.
Baked and cooling - ready to be released and flipped.
Jessica's Garlic Bread Knots*****
1/2 ball of pizza dough
garlic powder, pinch
2 Tbsp EVOO
marinara sauce, optional
Press out pizza dough into a rectangular shape, cut into 6 strips lengthwise. Roll strips unto themselves, like cinnamon rolls. Place bread sticks into a small oiled baking pan. Sprinkle with seasonings. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce, optional.
I also made a fresh mixed salad with a
Spicy Mustard Vinaigrette
2 Tbsp EVOO
3 Tbsp tarragon or red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a small dish, shake or whisk to combine. Serves 2.