Sun-Dried-Tomato, Sausage, and Fontina Pizza
- SERVINGS: 4
Topped with fennel-scented Italian sausage, sliced fontina, and strips of sun-dried tomatoes, a prepared pizza shell from the supermarket becomes an irresistible supper, needing nothing more than a simple green salad on the side.
- 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
- 2/3 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, plus 1/4 cup of the oil
- 2 12-inch store-bought pizza shells, such as Boboli
- 1/2 pound fontina, cut into thin slices
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- Heat the oven to 450°. In a large frying pan, cook the sausage over moderate heat, breaking it up with a fork or wooden spoon, until cooked through and just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Brush the sun-dried-tomato oil over the pizza shells. Spread the sausage over the pizza shells. Scatter the sun-dried tomatoes over the sausage, put the fontina on top, and sprinkle the Parmesan over all.
- Bake the pizzas, directly on the oven rack (for a crisper crust) or on two baking sheets, until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
Prebaked pizza shells offer a fantastic way to make quick weeknight pizzas. You can even keep them in the freezer for last-minute meals. If the shell is still frozen, either add five minutes to the cooking time or pop the naked shell in the oven for five minutes before topping it. If you prefer to start with store-bought pizza dough or your own homemade pizza dough, simply prebake the crust before topping it.
This pizza works well with either a white or red wine, but a Pinot Grigio is the best choice to echo the sausage's fennel and the fontina. Pinot Grigios have slight apple and nut flavors and enough acidity to leave the palate refreshed.