I was dying for some pizza this evening. I get cravings like a pregnant woman (and no, I am not pregnant) and until I’ve satisfied the craving, it eats away at me. I’m trying really hard to eat more at home and less out at places, not only to save money but to stop giving my money to unworthy restaurants.
For breakfast this morning, Andrew and I made biscuits, sausage, and eggs. Well, we had several leftover biscuits and a couple leftover pieces of sausage. I had a jar of spaghetti sauce, and a bag of mozzarella…
Et voila! Mini-Pizzas. Tres delicieux.
All you need is:
Spaghetti Sauce (marinara)
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Any toppings (I used sausage)
Now, obviously this recipe leaves beaucoup room for playing. However, I used my homemade biscuits (recipe found here http://heather.bishoffs.com/?p=1373). The spaghetti sauce was Newman’s Own Tomato Basil and the mozzarella was generic.
The sausage is another story. I got sick and tired of there never being any turkey sausage at the store that wasn’t “pre-cooked.” A little bit of google magic, and I found a couple recipes. Lacking all the ingredients for any of them, I mixed and matched, and came up with this:
Spicy Turkey Sausage:
1 lb ground turkey
2 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp blk pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 ts basil
Minced onion (to taste)
Mix it all together in a bowl and you have turkey sausage meat! It makes quite a bit, particularly if you’re only cooking for two like me and Andrew, so we froze what we didn’t use. It thawed and cooked nicely the next time.
Note 1: The measurements above are approximate. Add as much or as little of each spice as you wish; it’s your sausage after all! I have a feeling I’ll never use exactly the same amount of any of them.
Note 2: you can add an egg to the mix for better holding. I didn’t, and it turned out fine.
So, anyway, this sausage is what I used on my mini-pizzas. I took my already baked biscuits, left over from the morning, and cut them in half. I laid all four halves inside-facing up on a cookie sheet. A spoonful of spaghetti sauce (I used a lot because I like my pizza with extra sauce); crumble or slice into small pieces the sausage and push as much or as little into the sauce as you’d like; pile on your choice amount of cheese, and pop into the oven at 350 for as long as it takes the cheese to melt all the way through.
These were absolutely delicious, and a great way to use leftovers. Waste not, want not! It curbed my craving for pizza and didn’t cost me twenty bucks, as something from a local pizzeria would have. The recipe is so simple, you could easily play around with it, using things you might have on hand: veggies instead of sausage, puree fresh tomato with basil instead of spaghetti sauce, and use any kind of cheese you like.