Grilled Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Sandwich

Let the dough come to room temperature prior to using.

Grilled Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Sandwich

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 4 sandwiches
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:1 hour
Special equipment:2 11- by 17-inch rimmed baking sheets, pastry brush, 2 cooling racks, large heavy-bottomed saucepan, grill or grill pan
This recipe appears in: Sandwiched: Grilled Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Sandwich

Ingredients

  • For the Bread
  • 1/4 cup semolina flour
  • 2 (1-pound) store-bought pizza dough (See Notes)
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons canned Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
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  • For the Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
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  • For the Sausages
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Italian sausages, split lengthwise
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  • For the Assembly
  • 4 ounces whole milk ricotta, crumbled

Procedures

  1. 1

    For the Bread: Adjust oven racks to upper middle and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons semolina over 1 baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons on second baking sheet.

  2. 2

    Using fingertips, gently press 1 pizza dough into prepared baking sheet, creating a 10- by 14-inch rectangle; repeat with second dough and baking sheet.

  3. 3

    Brush each dough with 2 tablespoons butter.

  4. 4

    In small bowl, combine, Parmesan, oregano, and garlic powder. Sprinkle entire mixture over buttered dough and gently press in with fingertips.

  5. 5

    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until puffed and golden, alternating baking sheets’ positions halfway through baking.

  6. 6

    Transfer to cooling racks and cool to room temperature.

  7. 7

    For the Sauce: Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-high heat in large heavy-bottomed saucepan until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant and paste begins to darken, 1 to 2 minutes.

  8. 8

    Drain and discard liquid from 1 can of tomatoes and stir in along with second can of tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, mashing tomatoes with stirring spoon, until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup basil and stir in the rest.

  9. 9

    For the Sausages: Split sausages in half lengthwise and brush all sides with 1 tablespoon oil. Heat grill or grill pan and brush with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook until charred and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.

  10. 10

    To Assemble: Cut each dough into 4 pieces. Arrange 1 sausage on top of plain pizza bread. Top with sauce, crumbled cheese, and reserved basil. Top with Parmesan-herb pizza bread. Serve.

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