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Turkey Sausage in Sherry and Garlic

Turkey Sausage in Sherry and Garlic

Turkey Sausage in Sherry and Garlic

1 T. olive oil

1 onion, sliced into half moons

Salt and pepper

3 links hot turkey sausage

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ c. dry sherry (not cooking wine)

1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning

 

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the onions and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Push the onions to the edge of the pan and add the sausage links. Sear the sausage for 3-4 minutes per side. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the sherry, then add the can of tomatoes with their juice. Adjust heat so the liquid is at a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sausages are cooked through and the sauce is well-thickened. Remove sausage links from skillet and slice on the diagonal. Return to skillet to coat with sauce and serve.  Good with crisp polenta triangles.

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

1 package of top ramen
1 can of vienna sausage

Boil a pot of water. Meanwhile, slice Vienna sausages into coins.  Add vienna sausages to boiling water. Add Top Ramen noodles and let boil for 3 minutes. Add Top Ramen flavored powder and stir. For better flavor and texture, you could slice the sausages, crisp them in a little fat, then add them to your cooked ramen noodles. But this would take 2 heat sources.

 

Baby Artichokes and Sausage Rigatoni

Baby Artichokes and Sausage Rigatoni

Baby Artichokes and Sausage Rigatoni

1 1/2 lb. artichokes (1 1/2 in. wide)
1 head fennel (3 1/2 in. wide)
1 lb. mild or hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 1/2 C. chopped onion
2 tsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 C. thinly sliced red bell pepper
1/2 C. dry white wine
1 C. fat-skimmed chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 C. whipping cream
1 lb. dried rigatoni pasta
1/2 C. grated parmesan cheese
Salt

Break off and discard artichoke leaves down to the pale green, tender inner leaves. Cut off and discard thorny tips. Trim bottoms. Quarter artichokes (they will discolor). Trim out and discard fuzzy centers. Rinse and drain artichokes. Trim and discard stems and any bruised portions from fennel. Rinse fennel and thinly slice crosswise. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, frequently stir sausages, breaking up meat with spoon, until brown, about 10 minutes. Add artichokes, fennel, onion, fennel seed, garlic, and bell pepper to pan. Stir often until onion is limp, about 10 minutes. Pour wine, broth, and cream into pan. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until artichokes are tender when pierced, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta in 4 quarts boiling water until tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain pasta, put in a serving bowl, and top with artichoke sauce. Offer cheese and salt to add to taste.

Sweet And Savory Waffled Sausage Patties

Sweet And Savory Waffled Sausage Patties

Sweet And Savory Waffled Sausage Patties

2 T. maple syrup (sub reduced apple cider for variation)
1 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried marjoram
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 lb. ground pork
nonstick cooking spray

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Preheat the oven on its lowest setting. In a medium sized bowl, combine the maple syrup, sage, salt, black pepper, marjoram and cayenne pepper and mix well to combine. Add the pork to the spice mixture, and mix well with your hands. Form patties that will fit on one section of your waffle iron. Coat both sides of the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Place a patty on each section of the waffle iron and close the lid. With thin patties in a conventional style waffle iron, the meat may be done in as little as 2 minutes. Belgian-style machines or thicker patties may require more time. The pork should reach an internal temperature of 160°F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove the patties from the waffle iron and serve. Place the finished sausage patties in the oven to keep them warm while the others cook in the waffle iron.

Hearty Potato & Keilbasa Bake (One Pot)

Hearty Potato & Keilbasa Bake (One Pot)

1 lb. red potatoes, cut in halves or quarters
1 large onion, sliced
1/2 lb. baby carrots
2 Tp. margarine, melted
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 Kielbasa (or other sausage), sliced into thick rounds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 13X9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine potatoes, onion, carrots, butter, salt, garlic powder, thyme, and pepper in large bowl. Toss to coat evenly. Place potato mixture into prepared pan; bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Add sausage to potato mixture; mix well. Continue to bake 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown

Savory Pudding with Sausage and Tomatoes

Savory Pudding with Sausage and Tomatoes

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C. milk
3 large eggs
2 tsp. melted unsalted butter
1 tsp. coarse salt

1 pound sausage
5 whole scallions
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
10 cherry tomatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Blend flour, milk, eggs, butter, and salt. Brown sausage and scallions in olive oil in a 10-inch cast-iron pan. Pour batter over sausages, and top with tomatoes. Bake until puffed and set, about 30 minutes.

Autumn Baked Eggs

Autumn Baked Eggs

1 lb. bite-sized tricolor potatoes (or any other potatoes!)
1 medium sweet potato (orange or white)
1 large yellow onion
1 apple (I used honey crisp)
10 oz. breakfast sausages (meat or vegan)
2-3 T. vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. paprika
eggs (1-2 per person)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Dice your potatoes and the apple into about 1-inch chunks. Dice the onion. If using meat sausage, lightly brown it in a sauté pan first so it is not raw. Slice the sausages into 1/2-inch pieces. Place the sausage, potatoes, apple and onion in a large mixing bowl. Add the vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and paprika and stir to combine and evenly mix all the ingredients. Add the potato mixture to a large over-proof skillet or sheet pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the potatoes in between. After 30 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and carefully create a small well in the potatoes for each egg.* Crack one egg in each well, keeping the yolk intact, and return the pan to the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the whites are solid but the yolks are not. Serve immediately. *If you prefer not to bake your eggs, return the potatoes for another 10-15 minutes and cook your eggs as desired on the stovetop.

Goldens & Cherries Bacon Roll-Ups

Goldens & Cherries Bacon Roll-Ups

1/2 to 3/4 C. boiling water
2 T. butter, melted
3/4 C. Sun-Maid Goldens and Cherries
2 C. herb-seasoned stuffing mix
1 egg, beaten
1/4 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. ground hot sausage
1 lb. bacon slices, cut into thirds

Combine 1/2 C. boiling water, butter, Goldens and Cherries and stuffing mix in a large bowl. Gently stir until stuffing is thoroughly moistened, adding additional boiling water if needed. Add egg, ground beef and sausage; mix well. Shape mixture into oblong balls measuring about 3/4 inch by 1-1/2 inches. Wrap one piece of bacon around each ball and place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Set aside on paper towels to drain. Makes 3-1/2 dozen.

Italian Sausage Meatballs with Fresh Herbs

Italian Sausage Meatballs with Fresh Herbs

Italian Sausage Meatballs with Fresh Herbs1 lb ground beef (or bison)
1 lb sweet Italian sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme, minced
1 long sprig fresh oregano, minced
¼ C. roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
½ small yellow onion, roughly chopped
½ C. almond meal
2 eggs, whisked
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Black pepper
¼ C. cream (optional)
½ C. finely shredded parmesan (optional)
¼ C. bacon fat

Remove the Italian sausage from its casing. Mix all of the ingredients, except bacon fat, together until well combined. With lightly oiled hands, roll the meatballs into the desired size. To cook, heat bacon fat in a saute pan over medium to medium-high heat. Once hot, add the meatballs. Fry 5–7 minutes, until bottom is browned. Turn meatballs to opposite side and fry until that side is nicely browned, another 5–7 minutes. Cut one open to determine if it is fully cooked on the inside. If not quite done, turn heat to low and cover pan for a few more minutes or put meatballs in a warm oven while you fry another batch.

Merguez Sausages with Scalloped Potatoes

Merguez Sausages with Scalloped Potatoes

Merguez sausages with Scalloped Potatoes1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 pounds fresh merguez (spicy beef; see notes) or lamb sausages
1 onion (about 8 oz.), peeled and slivered lengthwise
5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 cups whipping cream
About 1 1/4 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced
Chopped parsley

In a 10- to 12-inch ovenproof frying pan (with sides at least 2 1/2 in. tall) over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add sausages and turn until browned all over, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium, add onion and garlic to pan, and stir occasionally until slightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Pour in cream and 1 1/4 cups broth; stir in salt and pepper. Add potatoes. (Liquid should just cover; if it doesn’t, add more broth.) Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, gently stirring occasionally. Lower heat and barely simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender when pierced, about 20 minutes (do not boil). Arrange sausages on potato mixture and transfer pan to a 350° oven. Bake until cream mixture has thickened and is well browned on top and sausages are cooked through (cut to test), 40 to 45 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve potatoes and sausages from pan.

Chorizo de Mexicana

Chorizo de Mexicana

Mexican Chorizo

5 whole black peppercorns
3 whole cloves
¼ tsp. ground Cinnamon
½ tsp. Oregano (Mexican)
½ tsp. dried Thyme
2 tsp. Paprika
2 tsp. Salt
2 dried Ancho Chiles, stemmed, seeded, dry roasted and rehydrated
1 dried Guajillo Chile, stemmed, seeded, dry roasted and rehydrated
1 dried Chipotle Chile, stemmed, seeded, dry roasted and rehydrated
1 Chile de arbol, stemmed, seeded, dry roasted and rehydrated
2 cloves Garlic
2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 lb. Fatty Pork (such as pork shoulder), coarsely ground

Place peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, paprika and salt in a blender and blend until peppercorns and cloves are completely crushed. Add rehydrated chiles to blended spice mixture, along with garlic and apple sider vinegar. Blend for one minute. If necessary, feel free to add up to ½ cup of water to the mixture to ensure it is thoroughly blended. Place ground pork in large bowl and top with spice mixture. Using a large wooden spoon or your hands, mix the pork and spices. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours to allow flavors to combine. Freeze or refrigerate until use. Note: Sausage must be fully cooked before eating.

Tortilla Española, Portlandia Style

Tortilla Española, Portlandia Style

tortilla española12 large Eggs
5oz Bag Flavored Potato Chips, lightly crushed (Salt & Pepper, Bacon, Thai, etc)
2 T. EVOO
3 Scalliosn, sliced
3 oz. Spanish Chorizo, chopped finely

Preheat broiler and position a rack 8 inches from heat. In large bowl, beat eggs. Add potato chips and let sock for 10 minutes. In large oven-proof skillet, heat oil until shimmering. Odd scallions and chorizo and cook over high heat, stirring, until chorizo has rendered its fat, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg mixture, stirring to combine with sausage and scallions. Cook over medium high heat until the bottom and sides are set, about 3 minutes. Place in oven and broil until the top is lightly browned and the eggs are set through, 3-4 minutes longer. Slide onto a plate, cut into wedges and serve hot, warm, or room temperature.

Popover Pizza

Popover Pizza

popover pizza1 lb. Ground Beef or Sausage
2 C. Pizza or Spaghetti Sauce
12 oz. Mozzarella Cheese, grated
1 C. Flour
1 C. Milk
2 Eggs

In medium skillet, lightly brown sausage/beef and drain off fat. Add sauce and bring to a boil. Lower heat; cook 2-3 minutes. Pour into greased 9×13” baking pan. Sprinkle cheese over top. Combine flour, milk, and eggs; mix well. Pour over cheese. Bake at 425 for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Shellfish and Sausage Bake

Sheet Pan Suppers: Shellfish and Sausage Bake

8 ounces spicy smoked sausage (such as andouille or fresh chorizo), cut chorinto 2-inch pieces
1 pound small Yukon gold or new potatoes
2 pounds mussels, scrubbed
½ pound jumbo shrimp (raw), peeled and deveined
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay), plus more for serving
2 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for serving

Preheat oven to 450° F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds. Roast the sausage and potatoes on a large rimmed baking sheet on the bottom rack until the sausage is cooked through and the potatoes are nearly tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Add the mussels, shrimp, butter, and 1 teaspoon of the seafood seasoning to the baking sheet and toss to combine. Roast until all the mussels have opened and the shrimp are opaque, 12 to 15 minutes more. Meanwhile, roast the clams on a separate large rimmed baking sheet on the top rack until opened, 10 to 15 minutes. (Discard any mussels or clams that do not open after 15 minutes.) Toss the clams with the sausage, potatoes, mussels, and shrimp and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with extra seafood seasoning on the side.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Sausages with Acorn Squash and Onions

Sheet Pan Suppers: Sausages with Acorn Squash and Onions

she-sausageacornsquash-001c-med109135_vert1 large acorn squash , halved, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch wedges
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 hot or sweet Italian sausages (3/4 pound total)
1/2 cup grated aged Asiago cheese (2 ounces)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash and onion with oil and arrange in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Add sausages to sheet. Roast until vegetables are just tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Heat broiler. Sprinkle Asiago and sage over vegetables and broil until cheese is browned and bubbling and sausages are cooked through, 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cherries to serve.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Roasted Sausage with Mushrooms, Squash and Polenta

Sheet Pan Suppers: Roasted Sausage with Mushrooms, Squash and Polenta

sausage2 cups (about 6 1/2 oz.) sliced cremini mushrooms
2 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash
2 cups (about 12 oz.) precooked polenta, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 pound (about 6 links) mild Italian pork sausage
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Heat the oven to 425 degrees with a rack in the center position. Toss together the first four ingredients on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Spread the mixture evenly. Use a fork to prick each sausage a few times, then tuck them among the other ingredients. Sprinkle on the rosemary. Bake until the sausages are cooked and nicely browned, stirring halfway through, about 30 minutes.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Chicken Sausage, Kalette, and Red Onions

Sheet Pan Suppers: Chicken Sausage, Kalette, and Red Onions

kalette6oz. Kalettes
1 small Red Onion, cut into wedges
3 T. EVOO
1 ½ T. Red Wine Vinegar
½ tsp. Salt
4 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
3 Chicken Sausage Links (fully cooked, 9 ounces total), sliced into ½” pieces on the diagonal

Preheat oven to 350. Place kalettes and onions on a large rimmed baking sheet. Stir together oil and vinegar and drizzle over onions and kalettes. Stir to coat and rub mixture into vegetables with your hands. Tuck rosemary under vegetables. Roast 10 minutes; remove pan from onion. Top with chicken sausages, stir to distribute evenly and flip vegetables over. Continue baking an additional 15 minutes, or until everything is lightly browned. Discard rosemary sprigs and serve.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Bacon and Eggs Breakfast for Dinner Bake

Sheet Pan Suppers: Bacon and Eggs Breakfast for Dinner Bake

baconeggs1 cup (about half of 14-ounce bag) Lit’l Smokies Sausages (I use Hillshire Farm’s Smokies)
4 to 6 slices of bacon
4 eggs
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425. Arrange sausages and bacon on a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until bacon is cooked. Remove from oven and move the bacon and sausages around, making 4 empty spaces for the eggs. Crack the eggs carefully so to not break the yolk and position in empty spots. I crack mine right over the baking sheet.
Add and spread out the halved cherry tomatoes.
Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Put back in the oven for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, or until the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
Serve immediately.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Keilbasa & Pierogies

Sheet Pan Suppers: Keilbasa & Pierogies

pierogie2, 14 ounce packages Kielbasa (I like Hillshire Farms brand because it’s readily available.)
2 medium onions, peeled, halved, and cut into ½-inch thick strips
12 baby bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and halved (or 2 large bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut into ½-inch thick strips)
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
24 frozen pierogies
2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons Tabasco or preferred hot sauce
½ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
½ teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder
Optional for serving:
any robust mustard like grainy Dijon, smooth Dijon, spicy brown, etc…

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut the kielbasa into 4-6 inch lengths and arrange around the outside of the sheet pan. Toss the onions and bell peppers with the olive oil, ½ teaspoon of kosher salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl then use your hands or tongs to move it to the pan, depositing it between the lengths of kielbasa. In the same large mixing bowl you used for the peppers and onions, toss the pierogies with the remaining ingredients to coat, then arrange those in the center of the sheet pan. The goal is to get as many pierogies touching the surface of the pan as possible. Try not to have multiple layers of pierogies. Place the pan in the oven. After 15 minutes, try to remember to flip the pierogies over, having any that weren’t touching the pan do so now. If you forget, it’s not a disaster, but they’ll be better if you remember. Bake an additional 15 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes or until the pierogies are puffy and beginning to show signs of golden brown around the edges, the sausages are plump, and the onions are crisp tender. Serve immediately with a nice salad.

Sheet Pan Supper: Sausage, Root Vegetables and Brussels

Sheet Pan Supper: Sausage, Root Vegetables and Brussels

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1 pound trimmed whole Brussels sprouts
3 parsnips, cut into 1/4-inch slices
3 sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
2 red onions, cut into quarters
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
Sprinkle of kosher salt
Sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper
12 Italian sausages

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Add the Brussels sprouts, parsnips, sweet potatoes and onions to a baking sheet. Add the olive oil, sage, salt and pepper and toss. Put the sausages in and around the vegetables. Bake until the sausages are cooked through and the vegetables are tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve

Sheet Pan Supper: Sheet-Pan Paella with Chorizo, Mussels, and Shrimp

Sheet Pan Supper: Sheet-Pan Paella with Chorizo, Mussels, and Shrimp

paellaNonstick vegetable cooking spray
1 cup short-grain rice (such as Arborio)
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon saffron
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 ounces dried Spanish chorizo, casing removed, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
4 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deviened, tails left intact
1 pound mussels, scrubbed, debearded
3/4 cup canned chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup sliced roasted red peppers
1/4 cup green olives (such as Cerignola or Castelvetrano), pitted, sliced
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley

Arrange rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Coat rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread rice on sheet and toast 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring broth, bay leaf, pepper, paprika, saffron, and 1 tsp. salt to a low boil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Pour broth mixture into a measuring cup with a spout. Remove rice from oven and stir. Arrange chorizo and shallots evenly over rice and pour broth mixture carefully over. Cover baking sheet with inverted second baking sheet, then bake 20 minutes. Carefully remove top baking sheet, stir rice mixture, and continue to bake, uncovered, 5 minutes more. Combine shrimp with remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Remove baking sheet from oven, discard bay leaf, and stir rice mixture again. Scatter shrimp, mussels, tomatoes, peas, red peppers, and olives over rice. Continue baking until rice is tender, shrimp is opaque and pink, and mussels have opened, about 8 minutes more. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl and toss with parsley.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Sausage, Peas and Potatoes

Sheet Pan Suppers: Sausage, Peas and Potatoes

peas3 or 4 Idaho potatoes, cut into 8 wedges
1 yellow onion, cut into thick slices
1 lb. sweet or hot Italian sausage
A few Tbsp. of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (15-ounce) can of peas, drained; or, a 16-ounce bag of frozen peas, thawed

Preheat oven to 350°. Toss potatoes and onion in a large bowl with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Place them on a sheet pan with sausage links. Roast for about an hour and a half. Stir once, about halfway through. When the potatoes are lightly browned, the onions are crisping at the edges and the sausage is golden, sprinkle peas around vegetables and meat and continue roasting until peas are heated through, about 15 minutes

Chorizo & Corn Casserole

Chorizo & Corn Casserole

1 lb. chorizo sausage, cooked and drained of fat
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese, about 12 oz.
2 T. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. black pepper
¾ C. milk
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
â…” C. sliced green onions, divided
1 tsp. hot sauce (or more to taste)
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
¼ C. fresh cilantro, chopped
4 cans (15.25oz.ea.) Whole Kernel Corn, well drained

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss together cheese, flour and pepper in a medium bowl; set aside. Stir together milk, cream cheese, â…“ C. green onions and hot sauce in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Add corn and shredded cheese mixture; stir well to blend evenly. Mix in chorizo, tomatoes and cilantro. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining â…“ C. green onions.

French Lentil Salad with Garlic Sausage

French Lentil Salad with Garlic Sausage

Lentil and sausage salad 161 cup French green lentils
4 ½ cups cold water
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 medium peeled onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot (or 2 small ones), peeled & finely chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, more to taste
14 to 16 ounces fully cooked garlic sausage
4 fresh sprigs of parsley for garnish, optional

In a heavy 2 quart saucepan or stockpot, bring lentils and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are just tender but not falling apart. This will take between 12 and 25 minutes. Taste as you go along for doneness. While the lentils simmer, heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a non-stick sauté pan over moderate to low heat, then cook onions, carrots and fennel seeds, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender but not browned, about 10 minutes, then add a bit of kosher salt to taste. Meanwhile slice the garlic sausage into ¼” slices. Heat sausages over low heat, taking care that they do not brown. You want them just to heat through. To serve, place a good size spoonful of lentils in the center of 4 plates and arrange 4 slices of the garlic sausages around the lentils. Drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil if you wish and serve right away, garnished with a sprig of fresh parsley if desired.

Sausage & Chestnut Stuffing

Sausage & Chestnut Stuffing

ei1b06_turkey_sausage1 loaf day-old rustic Italian bread (about 1 pound), trimmed of crust and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
1 pound fresh chestnuts
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
4 celery stalks, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup homeade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
2 T. chopped fresh sage
2 T. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tsp. coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Unsalted butter, for baking dish

Let bread cubes stand on a baking sheet at room temperature 3 hours to dry. Lay each chestnut flat on a work surface, and cut an X in the pointed tip of shell with a paring or chestnut knife. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Boil chestnuts 2 minutes; remove pot from heat. Remove chestnuts with a slotted spoon; peel away shells. Quarter nutmeat; transfer to a large bowl. Add bread. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Split sausages; scrape meat into a large saute pan set over medium heat; crumble with a fork. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add oil; swirl pan. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, 15 to 17 minutes. Add to bread mixture. Add wine to pan. Scraping up any brown bits from bottom with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat until wine is reduced by half. Add to bread mixture. Add stock to bread mixture; toss. Add thyme, sage, and parsley. Add the salt, and season with pepper. Stir in eggs. To bake stuffing: Place stuffing in a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish; cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes; remove foil. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. To cook in turkey: Stuff as directed. Place remaining 5 cups stuffing in a buttered 8-inch square baking dish; bake as directed above.

Hot Italian Sausage and Tomato Pasta

Hot Italian Sausage and Tomato Pasta

hot-italian-sausage_3001 lb fettuccine
3 T olive oil
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, smashed
4 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 T red wine vinegar
3/4 t kosher salt
1/4 t black pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup Parmesan

Cook the fettuccine according to package directions, Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion softens, 2-3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook about 5 minutes, crumbling as it cooks. Add the tomatoes and cook until the skins burst, about 8 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the cooked fettuccine, basil and spinach and toss gently to combine. Top with the Parmesan.

Baked Sausage Rigatoni with Spinach

Baked Sausage Rigatoni with Spinach

rigatoni1 pound rigatoni noodles
a few handfuls of baby spinach (about 3 cups)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
5 Italian sausage links, casings removed (one package, I used turkey sausage)
2 cans whole tomatoes (28 oz. each)
1 T. dried basil
1 T. dried oregano
1 tsp. kosher salt
a few grinds of pepper
For the cheese mix
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 tsp. dried basil
2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Boil the rigatoni for 7-8 minutes, until al dente. Add the spinach and boil with the pasta until just wilted. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, make the tomato sausage sauce by simmering the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook until the meat is completely cooked. Dump the tomatoes and spices in and simmer for twenty minutes to get the flavors to meld. While the tomato sausage sauce is simmering, make the ricotta cheese mix by folding in the ricotta, egg, parmesan and basil. Stir until completely combined. *Don’t add the shredded Italian cheese yet, we’ll put that in between the pasta layers. To assemble the rigatoni, ladle a cup of sauce into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan. Put half of the pasta/spinach mix over the sauce and ladle another cup or two of sauce onto it. Spoon half of the ricotta mix in dollops over the sauce and sprinkle with half of the shredded cheese. Repeat the previous steps, ending with a layer of shredded cheese. I sprinkled some more grated Parmesan on top to help get it all nice and golden brown. Cover pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and turn the oven up to 400. Bake for another 15 minutes, until the cheese on top is golden and bubbly. Enjoy!

Cheese and Charcuterie Plate

Cheese and Charcuterie Plate

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Creating your own version is a great opportunity to experiment with different meats and cheeses – ask your cheese monger what varieties complement each other. You could even organize the board thematically – go Spanish with Manchego cheese and Chorizo sausage with Marcona Almonds or if Italy is your inspiration, use chunks of good Parmesan Cheese and slices of Proscuitto with a small bowl of roasted red peppers. I like to serve this meal on a rustic wooden board.

selection of 3 cheeses (one cow, one goat, one sheep), slicing a few servings of each
selection of 3 cured meats (bresaola, soppressata and proscuitto), thinly sliced
olives
tupelo honey
raisin walnut loaf, sliced
baguette, sliced

Artfully arrange meats and cheeses (wedges and slices) on a board or platter. Fill in the gaps with small bowls: one with olives (along with a smaller bowl for the pits) and the other filled with honey. You want the board to look elegant but overflowing with goodness. Place your sliced breads in a basket, bowl or platter nearby.

What Cheeses And Meats Should You Use?

The best cheese and meat boards are diverse — don’t be afraid to experiment. Try to include at least one cheese from each of these predominant category:

1) A fresh cheese (fiore di latte and/or burrata)
2) A soft-ripened cheese (camembert and/or brie)
3) A semi-soft cheese (friulano, havarti and/or gouda)
4) A firm cheese (piave, spillembergo, aged provolone and crotonese)
5) A hard cheese (grana padano and parmigiano reggiano)
6) A veined cheese (gorgonzola and/or stilton)

If you want to add in meats, there should be an array ranging from smoky speck to a cooked item, like mortadella or a bacon-like pancetta. You may also want a cured sausage like salami or aged items like bresaola and especially the renowned prosciutto di parma.

Too Much, Too Little… How Much Should You Buy?

Since the cheese board is likely to be a starter to an abundant meal to follow, a recommended quantity is one to two ounces of cheese and three slices of meat per person. Remember, you’re trying to delight your guests’ palate, but keep their appetites intact for later courses.

What Do I Plate It All On?

Take the time and plate it right since it’s Thanksgiving. Treat the cheeseboard like a centrepiece. Use platters that are both ornate and practical. Food grade wood boards are great; if you have them, marble slabs are the best (flat, rimless and aesthetically pleasing, they’re also easy surfaces for cutting cheese on).

To Cube Or Not To Cube…

The look of wedge-cut cheeses is more authentic and requiring guests to cut cheese to their taste adds an interactive element. Only resort to pre-cut tasting pieces (like cubes) out of necessity.

How Many Knives Do I Need To Use?

Always use separate cheese knives for each cheese. This ensures the distinctive notes of each cheese are kept pure. Regarding meat, there is very little risk of intermingling flavours so a simple fork is fine.

What Else Should I Add To The Board?

Surrounding the board with appropriate accompaniments adds interest and contrasting yet complementary flavours. They also serve as palate cleansers in between cheese samplings and simply enhance all flavours. Notable accompaniments are: dried fruit like apricots and figs; nuts (natural and unflavoured) such as almonds and walnuts; sliced fresh fruit with mild notes like pears (or with a slight tang like apples). Meats are robust in flavour and their pleasantness is heightened by cured olives. The gaeta and cerignola species are marvelous. Also, accompanied meat with fresh fruit, like figs and melon, is divine.

 

What Condiments Should I Add To The Plate?

Condiments, condiments, condiments! Use them. They enhance the flavours of cheeses. The best ones to use include: wine-based jelly; lightly sweetened, concentrated fruit-based jams (pear and fig are ideal); fruit compotes; honey; and, especially, a product from Cremona, Italy, known as mostarda cremonese, which is a condiment made of candied fruit and a mustard-flavoured syrup. Finely sliced meats are best as is; adding the above alters the taste too much.

What Type Of Crackers Should I Use?

As a textural contrast, serve crusty bread, plain crackers, plain breadsticks or plain crostini. Mellow tasting items such as these achieve the texture contrasting element while their subtleness allows the flavour profile of the cheese to be at the forefront and untainted.

When Should I Pull The Platter Together?

Arrange the selected cheeses anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes before guests arrive to bring the cheeses to room temperature and optimum flavour; 15 to 20 minutes ahead is ample for plating the meat.

Now, What Type Of Wine Should I Serve?

Does cheese enhance wine or does wine enhance cheese? Don’t worry about it — just combine the two. Some brilliant pairings to the cheese categories listed above in tip number one are:
1) San Giovese and Pinot Grigio
2) Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
3) Zinfandel and Riesling
4) Chianti and San Giovese
5) Chianti and Barolo and Brunello
6) Prosecco and Port

Roasted Chicken Sausages with Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Potatoes

Roasted Chicken Sausages with Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Potatoes

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4 medium potatoes peeled and cut in large chunks
1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
Olive oil
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Place the sausages in a roasting pan or two large cast iron skillets. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and toss. Place the roasting pan in the oven and let it roast, rotating the sausages periodically, for about 10 minutes. Toss the potatoes in a bowl with a little more olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add to the sausages and continue roasting for another 25 minutes. Stir periodically. Combine the brussels sprouts and fennel in bowl, lightly drizzle with a little more olive oil, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the vegetables to the roasting pan, stirring it into the sausages and potatoes, and continue roasting, stirring periodically, for another 15 minutes, or until the brussels sprouts begin to crisp on the outside and are just fork tender and brilliant green. Serve immediately.

Ricotta Pasta with Sausage

Ricotta Pasta with Sausage

1 pound penne or ziti rigate
Coarse salt
2 C. ricotta cheese
2 T. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 C. Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano cheese
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Generous handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 pound bulk Italian sweet sausage
Coarse black pepper
20 fresh basil leaves, shredded or torn

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and salt the water. Cook the pasta until al dente, with a bite to it. Place the ricotta, butter, and Parmigiano or Romano cheese in a large bowl. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the EVOO and sausage. Brown the sausage, then add the onions and cook 5 minutes. Add the parsley and cook 2 minutes. Turn off the heat. Drain the pasta. Add to the bowl with the cheeses. Toss to melt the butter and evenly coat the pasta with cheeses, then season with salt and pepper. Toss cooked sausage with pasta. Top pasta with basil. Season with a little salt. Toss and serve at the table.

Cheesy Sausage Skillet Lasagna

Cheesy Sausage Skillet Lasagna

2f80fd6c0502f95022d4c2d07e1b2cc2b tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups white onions, finely chopped
1 pound ground Italian Sausage
26 ounces pasta sauce
9 strips oven ready lasagna noodles
15 ounces Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, sautéing until softened. Add sausage, cooking until browned. Add pasta sauce, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to a simmer. Boil broken lasagna noodles for 5 minutes to soften slightly. Drain and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, parmesan, salt and pepper. Spoon about 1 cup of meat sauce into the bottom of a 12 inch cast iron skillet. Layer evenly with broken pieces of semi-cooked lasagna noodles. Spoon about 8 mounds of ricotta cheese over noodle layer then sprinkle with additional Parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce. Continue this layering until you reach the top of the skillet. Top layer should be a layer of noodles, sauce then shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake skillet lasagna for 20-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly around edges. Remove and let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Winter White Lasagna

Winter White Lasagna

2073wfd_whitefinal2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 1/2 pounds sweet Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing
1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken stock
A generous dash fresh nutmeg
1 box oven-ready lasagna noodles
4 cups shredded Italian Four Cheese blend

Preheat an oven to 375ºF. Place a large skillet over medium high heat with 2 tablespoons EVOO, about 2 turns of the pan. Add the sausage to the pan and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until the meat is crumbled and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and freshly ground black pepper and reserve. While the meat is browning up, place a large saucepot over medium heat and melt the butter. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook it for about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and chicken stock and bring the sauce up to a bubble. Add in the nutmeg and season it with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then simmer until the sauce thickens, 3-4 minutes. Assemble the lasagna by ladling a small amount (about 1/2 cup, just eyeball it) of the sauce into the bottom of a 13×9″ baking dish. Lay three of the lasagna noodles over the sauce and top them with about 1/3 of the meat-mushroom mixture. Top with about 1 cup of the sauce and about 1 cup of the shredded cheese (about 2 generous handfuls). Make two more layers of the lasagna by laying down three lasagna noodles, about 1/3 of the meat-mushroom mixture, 1 cup of the sauce and about 1 cup shredded cheese for each layer. Top the lasagna off with the last three noodles, the remaining sauce, and the remaining shredded cheese. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake the lasagna for 30 minutes. Remove the foil from the baking dish and bake another 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.

German Stew

German Stew

1 lb. Link Sausage
2 medium Onions, chopped
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 C. Celery, diced
4 Carrots, cut up
1 can Stewed Tomatoes
4 Potatoes, quartered
1/2 head Cabbage, cut into chunks
Pepper to taste

Boil sausage with onions, celery and 1 tsp. salt in water for 20 minutes. Let cool and skim off fat. Return to stove and add carrots. When carrots are about half done, add tomatoes and potatoes. Top with cabbage chunks. Cover and cook until tender.

Sausage Egg Boats

Sausage Egg Boats

4 mid-size sourdough baguettes
1 (7 ounce) package of Pork Sausage Links
8 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
8 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste

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Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut and pull out the middle of all 4 sourdough baguettes, leaving ½ inch of bread in the bottom and on the sides. Set baguettes aside. Prepare sausage according to package directions. Cut links into bite-size pieces and set aside. In a medium bowl, lightly beat together the eggs and the cream. Whisk in remaining ingredients and sausage. Evenly divide and pour the mixture into each baguette boat. Place all 4 baguettes on a baking sheet and bake for 25-28 minutes or until set in the center. Allow boats to cool for 10 minutes, cut and serve.

Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms

Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms

mush1-1¼ pounds chorizo sausage (casing removed if links)
8 ounces shredded Mexican style cheese (yellow and white)
¼ cup grated fresh Asiago or Parmesan Cheese
½ cup chopped sweet onion
½ cup chopped sweet red pepper
¼ cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
24-32 stuffing mushroom caps (approx 2-2 ½ inches in diameter)

Crumble and sauté sausage until cooked through, but not brown, adding onion and pepper when about half cooked (still a little pink). Do not worry if onion and pepper are not fully cooked when sausage is done. Drain and rinse in hot water to remove oil. Place sausage mixture in food processor with cheeses and bread crumbs and process until uniform. Brush inside and outside of mushroom with olive oil. Roll stuffing mix into a small ball and pack into mushroom. The stuffing should be mounded slightly. Place mushrooms in shallow backing pan or dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until stuffing is lightly browned. For a different flavor, try Italian sausage with provolone and mozzarella cheeses.

Eggless Breakfast Pie

Eggless Breakfast Pie

9 x 13 glass Pyrex dish sprayed with Pam

Layer in order:

1 can Crescent Rolls (for bottom)
½ lb. Country Ham wafer thin slices
8 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
1 lb. Sausage (cooked and drained)
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 can Crescent Rolls (for top)

Bake for 30-40 minutes at 35o  until golden brown. You may wish to rinse the ham slices before cooking to remove excess saltiness.

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

p_RU1994051 16 -ounce package frozen potato pierogies
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cooked chicken sausages, sliced (12 ounces total)
1 8 -ounce package sliced button mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
1 10 -ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 3 -ounce package cream cheese, cut up
1/4cup chicken broth
1/2teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)

Place the frozen pierogies in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside. In a large saucepan cook the onion in hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until just tender. Stir in the sliced sausage, mushrooms and garlic. Cook and stir 3 minutes more. Add the spinach, cream cheese, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat to melt cream cheese. Pour the sausage mixture over the pierogies in the baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, in a 400 degrees F oven about 30 minutes or until lightly browned and heated through.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 339
Fat: 18g
Fiber: 2g

Rice Salad with Merguez and Preserved Lemon Dressing

Rice Salad with Merguez and Preserved Lemon Dressing

fw200708_ricesalad1 cup jasmine rice

1 1/2 cups water

Salt

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 preserved lemon, rind only, minced (see Note)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon harissa

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 fennel bulb, cored and finely diced

1/3 cup pitted Picholine olives, chopped (2 ounces)

1 pound merguez sausage, cut into 3/4 inch-thick slices

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

 

In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with the water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender, about 18 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to a medium bowl. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk all but 1 teaspoon of the olive oil with the lemon juice, preserved lemon, garlic, harissa and cumin. Pour the dressing over the rice and toss well. Add the fennel and olives and season lightly with salt. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the merguez sausage and cook over moderately high heat, stirring once or twice, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to the salad. Stir in the tomatoes and parsley and serve.

 

Make Ahead The rice salad can be prepared several hours ahead and served at room temperature. Notes Preserved lemons are a common Moroccan ingredient made from lemons that have been preserved in lemon juice and salt for several days, until very soft. Look for them at specialty food shops.

Sausage and Burrata Pasta

Sausage and Burrata Pasta

Sausage-and-Burrata-Pasta-680t1 pound pasta, rotini or small shells work great
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped very fine
1 pound bulk pork sausage, sweet or spicy
1 teaspoon, chopped garlic
1 29 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 cup of white wine or chicken broth
1 cup half and half
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 burrata ball
Additional olive oil to drizzle
Fresh ground sea salt and pepper
Additional parmesan cheese to garnish
Fresh basil to garnish (optional)

Cook pasta according to package instructions and drain when ready. I prefer to cook it al dente for this recipe. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and add onions. Sauté the onions and when they are soft, approximately 3 minutes, add the bulk sausage. Cook for approximately 5 minutes and use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage into crumbles. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and white wine. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Lower the heat to low and slowly stir in the half and half. When well blended, stir in the parmesan cheese and continue to stir until creamy. Add the drained sauce to the skillet and simmer for an additional 5 minutes on low until the sauce is slightly absorbed by the pasta. Remove the burrata from the container and absorb any of the excess water with a paper towel. Plate the pasta on a large bowl and top with the burrata immediately. The heat from the pasta will warm and melt the burrata slightly. Drizzle olive oil on top of the burrata and season with fresh ground sea salt and pepper. Garnish with additional parmesan cheese or parmesan shavings and fresh basil

Deep-Dish Skillet Pizza

Deep-Dish Skillet Pizza

skillet1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed

1 to 2 15-oz. jars pizza sauce

1/2 lb. ground pork sausage, browned and drained

5-oz. pkg. sliced pepperoni

1/2 c. sliced mushrooms

1/2 c. green pepper, sliced

Italian seasoning to taste

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

 

Generously grease a large cast-iron skillet. Press thawed dough into the bottom and up the sides of skillet. Spread desired amount of pizza sauce over dough. Add favorite toppings, ending with cheeses on top. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Carefully remove skillet from oven. Let stand several minutes; pizza will finish baking in the skillet. Cut into wedges to serve. Serves 4.