Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Not A Typical Thanksgiving Leftover
By the Sunday after Thanksgiving I'd had my fill of leftover turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes. So when it came time for dinner I decided enough was enough there had to be something else in the fridge to eat. That's when I came across the extra sausage and mushrooms that didn't make it into the stuffing; and the Parmesan and mozzarella that didn't make it into the lasagna. A mushroom and sausage pizza immediately started calling my name. (and just think it still qualifies for the November Leftover Tuesdays Challenge hosted by Project Foodie ) All I needed was a pizza dough and some sauce. I normally buy my dough at Niccoli's Italian Deli (I've found them to have the best tasting pizza dough in the Phoenix area). But of course this was not a normal situation. I was starving and it was kind of late on Sunday night so I had to make due with what was close by. I ended up at AJ's and got both the dough and a small can of San Marzano tomatoes. I followed my normal recipe for pizza sauce which is: Pizza Sauce 1 small can of whole San Marzano tomatoes; crushed 1 Tbs olive oil 1 Tbs oregano 1 Tbs olive oil 1 tsp salt I chopped my mushrooms and sausage into bite size pieces and sauteed them with garlic and olive oil for about 6 minutes. I topped my dough with the sauce and sausage/mushroom mixture; finishing it off with some grated Parmesan and shredded mozzarella. It cooked on a pizza stone for about 20 minutes in a 475 degree oven. I loved the sausage/mushroom combination of the pizza but I was disappointed with the crust. It was basically flavorless. I would not recommend using pizza dough from AJ's unless you're really in a pinch. All in all it was a good diversion from the typical turkey and stuffing leftovers.