4 ounces mild Italian sausage (about 1 link), casing removed
1/2 small red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Flour or cornmeal, for dusting
1 10-oz. ball pizza dough
1/2 cup pizza sauce or marinara
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
How to Make It
Preheat a grill for direct, medium-high grilling. If using charcoal, push 2/3 of hot coals to 1 side of grill and spread remaining 1/3 on other side to create a multi-zone fire. If using a gas grill, reduce heat on 1 side to medium.
In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, breaking up any large chunks with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and transfer to a small bowl, leaving fat behind in skillet. Add bell pepper and onion to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 6 minutes, adding 1 Tbsp. olive oil to skillet if mixture looks dry. Transfer to a separate small bowl.
Dust a 14-inch-wide pizza peel with flour or cornmeal and generously flour a work surface. Roll dough into a 12-inch round, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Transfer dough to pizza peel and brush with remaining 2 tsp. olive oil.
Have your toppings within reach of the grill. Slide dough onto hottest part of grill; cover grill. Cook, rotating as needed, until bottom is blistered and browned, about 2 minutes. Flip dough onto cooler side of grill, cooked side facing up.
Spread pizza sauce over crust and top with shredded mozzarella, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Spread pepper-onion mixture and sausage on top. Cover grill and cook until bottom crust has browned and cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes, occasionally uncovering and checking bottom of crust to ensure it's not burning. If it is, reduce heat (if using a gas grill) or move off the grill (if using charcoal). Transfer pizza to a cutting board and let stand 2 minutes before slicing and serving.
As always, I tweeked the recipe! I bought thin crust pizza dough and used my large round pizza pan with holes in it. So it was larger than this recipe instructs. I used more sauce than called for to cover the dough, a whole red pepper, half of a larger onion, 8 ounces of sausage, and 8 ounces of mozzarella. I parbaked with the sauce and a dusting of red pepper flakes and parmesan then added toppings and cheese and baked in the oven at 400º for 10 minutes - SOOOO GOOD!
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