Sausage and Roasted Grape Pizza

Hey guys! Happy Friday! I have an awesome pizza recipe for you today. The idea stemmed from a hot pasta dish I made two years ago with the unlikely combination of sausage and roasted grapes. I made the dish twice, loved it, and promptly forgot about it. When I bought sausage at the market a few weeks ago and was trying to figure out what to do with it, I suddenly remembered, and I’m so glad I did!

With no pasta in the house yet (weird), I decided the combo could make a great pizza. And it did. The sweetness of the grapes meshes perfectly with the saltiness of the sausage, and the addition of cheese is always a winner.

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Sausage and Roasted Grape Pizza

  • your favorite pizza dough
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 6 oz Italian sausage, crumbled
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups red grapes
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage for about 15 minutes, until browned. Move to a paper towel. Add oil to the skillet and return to medium heat. Cook onion and garlic until soft and golden, about 2-3 minutes. Add grapes, red pepper flakes, and a splash of water to keep grapes from sticking. Cook until grapes soften or burst, about 10-15 minutes. Add sausage back to the pan.

Roll out pizza dough.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, 2 tbsp of Parmesan, and a few grinds of freshly ground pepper. Spread over pizza dough. (If cream cheese is not soft enough, warm in the microwave for 15-20 seconds until it is easily spreadable).

Top dough with the sausage and grape mixture, mozzarella, remaining Parmesan, and spinach.

Bake at 500 for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is brown and the cheese is bubbling.

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Next time I make this, I may drizzle a little good balsamic vinegar over the top.

If you like thinking outside the cheese-and-pepperoni pizza box, I highly recommend this pizza. It’s already one of my new favorites!

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