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.
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.
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!