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Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian Pizza

Pizza, skip.

Pizza is an all time favorite, but when you want to start eating healthily, you discard it out of your life forever. That does not have to be the case. You can enjoy pizza anytime you want because there are so many variations to pizza like this amazing Sicilian Pizza.

My sister loves pizza and wanted me to make homemade pizza, but she is also a very picky eater. I have made lavash pizzas in the past, and she loved that pizza, so I decided to make a different version. I went to my local Trader Joe’s and saw this Sicilian chicken sausage in the poultry department, and I had to purchase it because the name Sicilian reminded me of a sandwich I order at the Griddle Cafe in Hollywood. My order at the cafe inspired this pizza.

When I first began making the sausage portion, I knew I had to add red bell peppers, why? I don’t know, I just felt like I had to add bell peppers. Then a basil pesto was the perfect pair, but I switched the pine nuts for walnuts because walnuts are cheaper than pine nuts.

To add more flavor to the pizza, I added onions and garlic, and these two ingredients balanced this pizza so well.

In combination with the melted cheese, this pizza is delicious, so why restrict yourself from food you love. Enjoy pizza during your healthy journey.

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

Sicilian chicken sausage

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow pepper, diced

1/2 white onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoon cooking white wine

1/4 cup water

Salt to your taste

Pepper to your taste

3 lavash breads

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/4 cup olive oil

Pesto Ingredients:

2 handfuls basil

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted*

1/2 lemon

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup Parmesan

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt to your taste

Pepper to your taste

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a pan over medium heat, break the sausage apart using a wooden spoon and cook until fully cooked. Set aside.

In the same pan, add onions (season with salt and pepper) and water to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, scrape off the goodness from the pan, this is known as deglazing the pan. Cook the onions until the onions become translucent.

Once the onions have absorbed the water, add the bell peppers (season with salt and pepper) and garlic, mix together. Pour in the cooking white wine and add the cooked sausage back into the pan, stir together. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Set the sausage mixture aside.

Make the pesto. In a blender or food processor, add basil, garlic, lemon juice, toasted walnuts and parmesan cheese. While it blends, drizzle the olive into the mix. Blend until combined. Season with salt and pepper, pulse to combine. Set aside

Split the lavash in half. On a lined baking sheet, add the lavash bread. Using a rubber brush, brush on olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Use a knife to spread a layer of pesto, sprinkle cheese, add sausage mixture and bake for 7-9 minutes.

Enjoy with hot sauce!


*In a 350 F, bake walnuts for 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to burn the walnuts.


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