While I was baking so much for Christmas, I was also cooking meals for us. One night, when Alice and the baby were visiting, I made pizza. Because I know Alice loves green olives on her pizza and is also quite fond of sausage, I decided to build a pizza around those ingredients. I called it Christmas pizza because of the colors.
I have made the crust recipe several times. It is quite easy, turns out great every time, and most importantly, tastes delicious. The crust is also versatile. I press mine into a lightly oiled 12-inch cast iron skillet, but any deep dish oven proof casserole or pan would work just fine. Or you can roll or toss it to make a thinner crust.
This combination of ingredients turned out to be quite tasty. In fact, Alice swooned and said it was the best pizza she'd ever had. I considered that a very fine compliment.
1 pound bulk sausage
1 medium onion, very thinly sliced
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
1 (15 oz.) can fire roasted tomatoes, drained
1 cup (approx.) pimiento stuffed green olives, sliced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare crust and place into pan of your choice. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Crumble sausage into a skillet; cook and stir until evenly browned. Remove sausage to paper towels to drain.
Sprinkle the sausage evenly over and press into the crust. Scatter sliced onions over the sausage. Spread the mozzarella cheese over the onions, then top with the drained fire roasted tomatoes. Top with the sliced olives and finally, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
Bake to 25 to 35 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.