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Sausage, Fennel & Mascarpone Pizza

Sausage, Fennel and Mascarpone Pizza
Sausage, Fennel and Mascarpone Pizza
A Tasty Slice
A Tasty Slice

I know this one sounds weird, I know. It isn’t though, it’s the nicest pizza I’ve had in ages! Fennel and pork always go well together anyway, and the mascarpone cheese adds a nice creamy sauciness if you, like me, don’t always want your pizza drowned in tomato sauce. Last Sunday, instead of the usual Sunday Roast, I had this bad boy and it really hit the spot. It was the perfect indulgence for an evening on the couch watching TV. I’m in the midst of a bit of a pizza fad at the moment, so I’m experimenting a lot.

To make this pizza work well, you need to buy the best quality sausages possible, as cheap supermarket sausages won’t cut the mustard here. I bought some Wild Boar sausages in my local butchers, Lawlors, and they worked a treat. They cost €5.40 for 500g, but I only needed half the pack (so €2.70). I had some pizza dough from Iago’s in the English Market which only cost €1.80 which I think is really good value and I made two pizzas out of the one ball of dough on two consecutive nights, (so really 90c per pizza base). I also used some leftover mascarpone cheese, some fennel (70c) and some dried herbs from my cupboard. It worked out cheaper than a shop bought pizza, it certainly was much cheaper than ordering a pizza takeaway on-line (about half the price), yet I can assure you it tasted much better, supported local food producers, and was much better for my health than either a processed supermarket or a take-away pizza. It’s an interesting thought as most people automatically assume supporting local, quality food producers will always end up more expensive, but when you’re crafty with leftovers and store cupboard products, you can be surprised how inexpensive a good quality meal can be! So why not give this one a go the next time you get pizza cravings?

Delicious Flavour Combination
Delicious Flavour Combination

Ingredients:

1 ball of pizza dough or one plain pizza base

1 bulb of fresh fennel finely sliced

2 large gourmet pork sausages (at least 80% meat content)

4 tbsp mascarpone cheese

1 tbsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

tbsp oil

1. Fry the sliced fennel bulb lightly until soft, be careful not to brown them.

2. In a separate pan fry the sausages gently until cooked through. Then chop them into discs and add to the pan of chopped fennel for a few minutes with the chopped fennel seeds, black pepper and chilli.

3. Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface until it’s nice and thin. Smear a tablespoon of olive oil over the rolled out dough, and layer on the sliced cooked fennel and the sausage and herb mix. Pop it into an oven preheated to 200C for about 10 to 15 minutes (be careful to keep an eye on these, as they can brown very quickly).

4. When it’s just about done, dollop on the mascarpone and pop back into the oven to allow it to melt nicely on top of the pizza.

5. Slice up and enjoy!

Just A Few Ingredients Needed
Just A Few Ingredients Needed
Once Cooked Slice Sausages Into Discs
Once Cooked Slice Sausages Into Discs
Return To The Pan With Fennel Seeds, Garlic, Chilli and Black Pepper
Return To The Pan With Fennel Seeds, Garlic, Chilli and Black Pepper
Top The Pizza Base and Pop in Oven
Top The Pizza Base and Pop in Oven
Add The Mascarpone A Minute Before Taking Out Of The Oven To Serve
Add The Mascarpone A Minute Before Taking Out Of The Oven To Serve
Ready To Serve
Ready To Serve

Pesto Pizza

My Pesto Pizza
My Pesto Pizza
Needless To Say I Ate Every Crumb
Needless To Say I Ate Every Crumb
Delicious
Delicious

I am currently relishing in the joy of training for a half marathon. This means I am eating all around me and feeling not the slightest pang of guilt! First up on my carb loading menu last weekend was a pesto pizza! I had made some pesto last weekend after foraging Wild Onion in West Cork (well there’s a little confusion as to whether it was Wild Onion or Wild Garlic… but pesto is pesto so I’m not fretting), and I had also stocked up on some pizza dough from Iago and some Toonsbridge Mozzarella, both bought in The English Market. If you haven’t tried the Toonsbridge Irish mozzarella, you’re missing out. It’s amazing!

Anyway, pizza is a nice way to use up whats in the fridge, and this one worked out quite nicely. If you can’t get your hands on fresh pizza dough, a pre-made pizza base will work nicely and you can get these in most supermarkets. Of course you can make your own pizza dough too, but I was quite happy to trust that Iago’s makes nicer pizza dough than I ever could! This is a really quick recipe, that is perfect for a Saturday night. Give it a go an let me know what you think.

Pesto Pizza
Pesto Pizza

Ingredients (1 pizza):

1 Pizza dough (or base)

3 tbsp Wild Onion Pesto

1  large handful plum cherry tomatoes

1 large handful spinach

1 ball Toonsbridge Mozzarella

2 tbsp olive oil (I used basil oil from Flynn’s Kitchen)

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I used Llewellyn’s Apple Balsamic… yum!)

Cracked black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 220C and let the tray you will place the pizza on heat up in there too.

2. Roll out the dough finely on a floured surface. Smear with the pesto.

3. Slice the little tomatoes length wise and sauté in a pan with some oil (I used Flynn’s Kitchen Basil oil for extra flavour) until they soften, then add the spinach and allow it to just wilt, this only takes seconds.

4. Scatter tomatoes and spinach over the pesto. Tear up the mozzarella and scatter on top of veggies. Lay the pizza out onto the hot tray and put into the oven for about 10 minutes, keep an eye on it, it may take more or less depending on your oven.

5. Take out of the oven when done, crack a little black pepper on top and drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top of that. Enjoy with a good movie on a comfy couch!

Generously Smear With Pesto
Generously Smear With Pesto
Fry Tomatoes and Wilt Spinach
Fry Tomatoes and Wilt Spinach
Layer Up With Veggies and Mozzarella
Layer Up With Veggies and Mozzarella
Hot From The Oven
Hot From The Oven
Drizzle Some Balsamic Vinegar On Top
Drizzle Some Balsamic Vinegar On Top
Have A Slice
Have A Slice