March 23, 2012
foodie fridays: chicken sausage and brussel sprout pizza
Ah, the good ol’ stink-eye.
By definition, it means to glare or give a lingering, dirty look.
Actions that warrant a stink-eye:
– When someone lets their dog poop in a park and then runs off without putting it in a plastic bag.
– When someone who sports dreadlocks serves you food.
– When the husband puts dirty dishes in the sink instead of the dishwasher.
The stink -eye is very appropriate when applied to the correct action. However, can I tell you about an action that doesn’t warrant a stink-eye?
Putting brussel sprouts on top of a pizza. Do wha? Oh yes.
When you first hear the word ‘brussel sprout’, what comes to mind? Nasty green balls? Something your mother forced you to eat as a little kid? 1960’s vegetable? For me, it was definitely all the above. I remember sitting at the kitchen as a little girl refusing to eat my brussel sprouts. My Mom told me that she used to eat them all the time when she was my age. Of course when she would bust out that statement I would always think to myself, “Why am I eating an old vegetable?” Clearly I was bound for Harvard.
Needless to say I never won the brussel sprout argument. In fact, I can firmly state once I flew the nest not a single brussel sprout made an appearance on my plate for eight solid years. Talk about holding a grudge. Geesh.
Well as you can imagine, once I started to learn how to cook my palate changed and so did my view of the nasty green ball. Brussel sprouts soon became all the rage – from putting them into hashes to simply roasting to a star ingredient in pasta dishes, they were taking the culinary scene by storm. So I figured eight years was a long time to have a grudge, and I decided to put away my stink-eye, and give the brussel sprout a second chance.
So, without further ado…meet the chicken sausage and brussel sprout pizza. Have you ever seen anything more sexy?
The brusssssssel sprouts!
It’s a party in the mouth. You’d think the brussel sprout would give the pizza an earthy taste, but in fact, when it’s roasted it provides a caramelized, sweet flavor. Mix that with some savory sausage and gooey cheese, and you have a delicious, healthy dinner in 30 minutes.
Alright, off to put the stink-eye glasses back on. The husband doesn’t know what’s about to happen.
Chicken Sausage and Brussel Sprout Pizza
pizza dough, store bought
pizza sauce, store bought or homemade
1/2 lb chicken sausage, cooked
2 cups brussel sprouts, shredded (more in needed)
1/4 cup red onion, sliced
2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded (more if needed)
Preheat oven to 425. Roll out your pizza dough into a large rectangle or circle. Cover dough in sauce (you’ll probably only use 1 cup of sauce). Sprinkle with cheese then layer with chicken sasuage, brussel sprouts, red onion and more cheese!
Bake pizza on a lined baking sheet for 18 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and the crust is done. Let cool then cut into slices and serve.