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Pesto & Homemade Sausage & Buffalo Mozzarella, Oh My

Oh my word.
Eater rating: 4.7 / 5  4.69

Let the sausage making begin! Using our newly acquired meat grinder we’ve made our first sausage – and used it to top a pizza. Our pizza consisted of a thin crispy crust layered with homemade basil pesto, caramelized onions, sauteed portobello mushrooms, browned and crumbled homemade sausage, buffalo mozzarella, and a light sprinkling of of tomato basil feta. After baking we garnished the pizza with torn leaves of basil to add a level of freshness.

T: it’s so exciting that you’re making sausage these days! Can’t wait till the next batch.
A: hmm… well it’s definitely exciting that i made sausage! but i’ve only done it once now. i’m really looking forward to the next batch. just think of all the spice combinations i can try! ooo wee!
T: you know what would be really good? Italian sausage. What’d you think of that?
A: i think you’re right on. i totally dig some italian sausage. did you think this particular batch of sausage reminded you at all of italian sausage?
T: no not particularly. Was it supposed to?
A: not really, although it had the fennel kicking like italian sausage does. that’s pretty much the main similarity.

Sausage pizza closeup

Sausage on pizza

T: Ok, so we’ve talked about the sausage, but the pizza as a whole really stole the show. That pizza was goood. Mmmm. I love pesto. I give the pizza a 4.7/5. If I still had the stomach of a 25 year old I would have eaten every piece of it.
A: hehehe wow. your stomach must have really deteriorated in the past year!… you are only 26 you know!?! 🙂
T: yeah, sadly, my stomach has indeed gone downhill since my younger days. Damn coffee. It’s some harsh stuff, yet oh so necessary.
A: true dat. i could have really used some of that this afternoon! but i think i could use a slice of this pizza even more… i am sooo hungry. i give the pizza as a whole a 4.68/5. it was freaking good. the crust came out nice and thin and crispy. the buffalo mozzarella added a nice flavor. frankly, it was all good. i could seriously go for a couple of slices! why god?!? why can’t i just have pizza magically appear at my command?!?
T: it’s going to take at least half an hour to have pizza magically appear. And it’s going to suck compared to this pizza. I would suggest fantasizing about something else, such as winning american idol or something.
A: 😛 or making more and different sausages!
T: yes. much better idea. forget what I said.

22 comments so far:

  1. Sorina says:

    You have a very nice blog, good post…keep up the good job

  2. abo gato says:

    Looking forward to your recipe….particularly the pizza dough and how you got it to be so thin. I have a lot of trouble getting them thin enough, so I’d love to see your method.

  3. Kitty says:

    Holy S**T. This looks so damn good.

    Pizza dough recipe please! Did you use a pizza stone?

  4. Bobby says:

    Do you use a casing for the sausage, and if so, what kind?

  5. Sarah C. says:

    Hi! I am excited I ran into your post. I recently got a meat grinder – the kind that attaches to the Kitchen Aid mixer. What kind are your guys currently using? Is there a certain cut of meat you use or do you just throw anything in there?

    The potential of making pizza with fresh sausage is making me want to go hook the contraption up now!

  6. Yummy!!! Looks really good, cant wait to try!

  7. aria says:

    oh that looks so delicious! amanda i’m jealous, i think i would drop dead in my tracks if i had that pizza on my plate. look at the perfect thin crust too….

    ps, thanks for reminding me to eat feta

  8. leena! says:

    I want to know your secret pizza dough rolling (or tossing) method too. I dig thin crust but can never get it even enough. Perhaps a video of the magic happening is in order? T? Can you make this happen? And then maybe can you make Amanda top the pizza with bacon?

  9. Tyler says:

    Leena, I am trying to make that happen although we don’t have a video camera at this point in time so it might be a little while!

  10. michelle says:

    Drool. That’s all I can say. Drool.


  11. John (from Gallaghers) says:

    Amanda & Tyler —

    Great site! Are you guys lying to Leena??? Because I could have sworn you told me you have a video camera. Yes, you need to post some videos and make this site into a VLOG. Who needs Emerald from the Food Network when we could just come to this website and watch you guys make some mity nice food.

  12. Oh, this brings me way back. I used to make sausages every year with my dad when I was growing up. It was smelly and messy and fun. Your pizza is superb!

  13. Tyler says:

    Hey John… we are not lying to Leena! We do not have a video camera although we are strongly considering getting one very soon (as soon as… this week!). It would be very cool indeed to turn the site into a vlog.

  14. Bron says:

    super pizza guys!! Can’t wait to hear more about your sausie adventures!

  15. Rosa says:

    OMG, that pizza looks fantastically scrumptious and tasty!!! Wow!



  16. Oh wow…why does this look soo amazingly fantastic?? It’s too early for pizza! Mmm and I love sausage with fennel!!

  17. matt wright says:

    this looks completely awesome. Great job.

  18. Maureen says:

    How much longer before it gets here? So looking forward to it.

  19. Caitlin says:

    Looks incredible! Where can I get the recipe???

  20. Mercy, I can only imagine. Yum!