Italian Pork Sausage Focaccia Pizza with Romaine, Pepper & Olive Salad

Italian Pork Sausage Focaccia Pizza

with Romaine, Pepper & Olive Salad

25 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Chefs! We’re bringing you a series of recipes designed with ease of cooking and cleanup in mind, but without sacrificing the incredible flavors you’ve come to expect from a classic Blue Apron meal. For a twist on classic, crowd-pleasing pizza, we’re using delightfully chewy focaccia bread as the base—topped with a hearty meat sauce and a duo of fontina and mozzarella cheeses. We’re serving it all alongside a loaded salad of crunchy romaine, briny olives, fresh tomatoes, and more.
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Italian Pork Sausage Focaccia Pizza with Romaine, Pepper & Olive Salad
Title
  • 10 oz Hot Italian Pork Sausage
  • 1 Piece Focaccia Bread
  • 1 14.5-Oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 1 Romaine Lettuce Heart
  • ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
  • 4 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 oz Shredded Fontina Cheese
  • 1 oz Pitted Niçoise Olives
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 oz Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
  • 1 oz Sweety Drop Peppers
  • 1 tsp Whole Dried Oregano
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Cook the sausage & make the sauce
1 Cook the sausage & make the sauce

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 475°F. Roughly chop the roasted peppers. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sausage. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), oregano, and chopped roasted peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the sausage is cooked through. Turn off the heat.

Assemble & bake the pizza
2 Assemble & bake the pizza

Halve the bread; place on a sheet pan, cut side up. Evenly top with the cooked sausage and sauce, mozzarella (tearing into small pieces before adding), and fontina. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Carefully transfer to a cutting board and let stand at least 2 minutes.

Prepare the salad ingredients
3 Prepare the salad ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Roughly chop the lettuce. Roughly chop the olives. Thinly slice the cucumbers into rounds. Halve the tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine the ranch dressing, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and half the parmesan. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the salad & serve your dish
4 Make the salad & serve your dish

To the bowl of dressing, add the prepared salad ingredients; toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cut the baked pizza into equal-sized pieces. Serve the pizza with the salad on the side. Garnish the salad with the remaining parmesan and sweety drop peppers. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the sausage & make the sauce
1 Cook the sausage & make the sauce

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 475°F. Roughly chop the roasted peppers. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sausage. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), oregano, and chopped roasted peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the sausage is cooked through. Turn off the heat.

2 Assemble & bake the pizza

Halve the bread; place on a sheet pan, cut side up. Evenly top with the cooked sausage and sauce, mozzarella (tearing into small pieces before adding), and fontina. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Carefully transfer to a cutting board and let stand at least 2 minutes.

Assemble & bake the pizza
Prepare the salad ingredients
3 Prepare the salad ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Roughly chop the lettuce. Roughly chop the olives. Thinly slice the cucumbers into rounds. Halve the tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine the ranch dressing, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and half the parmesan. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

4 Make the salad & serve your dish

To the bowl of dressing, add the prepared salad ingredients; toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cut the baked pizza into equal-sized pieces. Serve the pizza with the salad on the side. Garnish the salad with the remaining parmesan and sweety drop peppers. Enjoy!

Make the salad & serve your dish
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