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Sausage and Fennel Pizza



– 3 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling – 1 lb. pork sausage – 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced – 1 onion, thinly sliced – 10 to15 fresh basil leaves – 1 12- to 16-oz. pizza dough, room temperature – All-purpose flour for the work surface, plus more (or cornmeal) if using a pizza paddle – 1/4 cup freshly grated Real California Parmesan cheese – Salt and pepper
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Serves 6

Preheat an oven to 450°F.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking it up into grape-sized pieces, until just done, about 5 minutes. Add the fennel and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just beginning to become translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the basil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to a 12- to 14-in. round. Transfer to a pizza pan or a cornmeal-dusted pizza paddle. Top with the sausage mixture and bake until the pizza is golden, about 12 minutes.

Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with the Parmesan, salt, and pepper before serving.

By Adam B. from Los Angeles, California

I had a similar pizza to this at a famous pizza place in Los Angeles and this is my recreation. I often make this for family friends and it's always a big hit. It's great on the grill, too!