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Turkey Sausage, Fennel & Fontina Pizza
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This hearty pizza, topped with crumbles of turkey sausage, sliced fennel and assertive fontina, is just the thing to prepare when you're having friends over to watch the big game. No time to make homemade dough? Look for whole-wheat pizza-dough balls at your supermarket. Check the ingredient list to make sure the dough doesn't contain any hydrogenated oils. Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with a simple vinaigrette.”
Thin-Crust Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon lukewarm water (105-115°)
1 package active dry yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Tips)
1 cup bread flour or all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
All-purpose flour for dusting
½ cup prepared tomato sauce or pizza sauce
2 links hot Italian turkey sausage (casing removed), cooked and crumbled
½ fennel bulb, cored and very thinly sliced
1 cup shredded fontina cheese or part-skim mozzarella cheese
1To prepare dough: Stir water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl; let stand until the yeast has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in whole-wheat flour, bread flour (or all-purpose flour) and salt until the dough begins to come together.
2Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, mix the dough in a food processor or in a stand mixer with a dough hook. Process or mix until it forms a ball. Continue to process until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 1 minute more in a food processor or 4 to 5 minutes more on low speed in a stand mixer.) Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat.
3Cover with a clean kitchen towel; set aside in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
4Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Brush oil over a large baking sheet. Sprinkle the baking sheet with cornmeal to coat evenly.
5Sprinkle flour over work surface. Roll out the dough to the size of the baking sheet (see Tips) and transfer to the baking sheet. Cover the dough with sauce. Scatter with sausage and fennel and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted and starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Or tightly wrap the unrisen dough in oiled plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost the dough in the refrigerator overnight. Let refrigerated (or previous
Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Find it at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
No time to make your own dough? Look for balls of prepared whole-wheat pizza dough at your supermarket, fresh or frozen and without any hydrogenated oils.
To Roll Out Pizza Dough
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Dust with flour; dimple with your fingertips to shape into a thick, flattened circle. Then use a rolling pin to roll into the desired shape. If your dough “resists” being rolled out, let it rest for about 15 minutes, then try rolling it out again.
Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.