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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
HG's Sausage-Topped Pizza Swap
Meat & Greet!
While trying to figure out the next pizza-related recipe to add to our already formidable list, we had a bunch of ideas... some better than others. (Cream of Wheat-za? Um, gross.) We decided it was time for a straight-up sausage-pie swap -- YUM! Read the recipe now; make the pizza later!
1 frozen meatless or turkey sausage patty with about 80 calories (like the kind by Morningstar Farms or Jimmy Dean)
2 tbsp. diced bell pepper
2 tbsp. diced onion
1 stick light string cheese
1 whole-wheat or high-fiber pita with about 125 calories
2 tbsp. jarred pizza sauce
Optional toppings: garlic powder, red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add sausage patty and cook for 4 minutes.
Flip sausage patty and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
Add veggies to the skillet with the sausage and cook for about 2 minutes, until sausage is hot and cooked through and veggies have slightly softened and lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
Break string cheese into thirds and place in a blender or food processor -- blend at high speed until shredded/grated. (Or tear into pieces and roughly chop.) Set aside.
Place pita on the baking sheet. Evenly spread pizza sauce onto the pita, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle cheese over the sauce and set aside.
Once cool enough to handle, roughly chop sausage patty. Sprinkle chopped sausage and veggies over the cheese.
Bake in the oven until hot and toasty, 10 - 12 minutes.
If you like, season to taste with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, or your guilt-free pizza toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Defeat the Pizza
You know we love pizza. And we know you love pizza. Let's face it: Pizza is awesome and delicious. Partly because crust, sauce, and cheese are a magical combination on par with John, Paul, George, and Ringo... But it's also about the toppings. Savory, salty meats just WORK on top of pizza. And while we've devoted plenty of recipes to pepperoni, it's time to let sausage shine. PEOPLE! Ordinary sausage pizza is CRAZY-HIGH in fat and calories. Sausage is actually one of the heaviest pizza toppings out there. An average slice of sausage pizza clocks in at nearly 400 calories and 17 fat grams. And those HUGE slices you find at pizzerias and mall food courts will likely tip the scales at 600 calories each. ACK! Luckily, we know a thing or two about lightening things up in the pizza world. Light cheese, a high-fiber-pita crust, and your choice of meatless or turkey sausage make our version guilt-free and fantastic. Whip it up and chew it proudly! Serving Size: 1 slice Calories: 380 Fat: 17g Sodium: 869mg Carbs: 40g Fiber: 2g Sugars: 4g Protein: 16g