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Classic Pizza Margherita

Family pizza night done right

(Family Features) Forget about delivery pizza — make your own fresh and flavorful creations for a fantastic family pizza night sure to bring everyone together at the table.

These recipes use ingredients that let you put your own tasty and creative spin on classic favorites — fresh herbs; a blend of rich Italian cheeses; and high-quality, flavorful Johnsonville Italian sausage, available in mild, sweet or hot varieties.

Whether it’s putting a twist on the classic “Pizza Margherita,” spicing things up with “Sausage Diavolo Pizza,” or serving a “Morning Terrace Pizza” for dinner, pizza night just got a whole lot tastier.

For more ways to do pizza night right, visit www.johnsonville.com.

Classic Pizza Margherita

Serves 4 to 6
1     package refrigerated pizza dough
1/4    cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1     package Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
1/2     medium red onion, minced
1     tablespoon parsley, minced
1     tablespoon garlic, minced
1     tablespoon oregano
8     Roma tomatoes, sliced (divided — save 10 slices for the top)
10     fresh basil leaves (divided)
2    cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1     cup fontina cheese, shredded
Pepper and sea salt
1/2     cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

Position oven rack on lowest shelf and preheat to 425°F. Lightly oil a pizza pan. Roll out dough as thin as possible. Let rest 10 minutes.

In small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high, add sausage and cook until browned. Remove from skillet, cool slightly and coin slice. In the same pan, sauté onion and parsley to golden, then stir in garlic and oregano for a few seconds. Add tomatoes to pan, crushing them as they are mixed (do not substitute crushed tomatoes). Boil, stirring 5 minutes or until thick.

Spread sauce over crust, sprinkle with half the basil, mozzarella, fontina, sausage, remaining slices of tomatoes and finally remaining olive oil. Finish with generous pepper and a little sea salt. Bake for 10 minutes.

Using a spatula and an oven mitt, slip pizza off pan directly onto oven rack, bake for two minutes. Slip pizza back onto pan, remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil. Cut and enjoy.

Morning Terrace Pizza

Serves 4
1     10- to 12-inch baguette, cut in two and sliced open, inside dough removed
1     package Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
1 1/2     cups fontina, mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Dried red pepper flakes
3    Roma tomatoes, diced
4     whole eggs
Pepper, to taste
1/3     cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2     tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut baguette in half and then slice it open to create four equal open-faced pieces. Remove the doughy center, leaving a half-inch border close to the edge.

In large skillet, sauté sausage until browned. Remove from heat, thinly coin slice and set aside.

Top baguettes evenly with 3/4 of shredded cheese. Shake on red pepper flakes to taste. Place sausage pieces evenly on top around the edges. Add the rest of the cheese and the diced tomatoes. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes and remove from oven.

Using the back of a spoon, lightly make 4 indentations in the center of the baguettes, not too close to the crust, pushing some of the ingredients to the sides. Carefully crack an egg into each depression. Grind pepper on each egg, and top with Parmesan cheese.

Return to oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until egg whites are set, but yolk is still soft. Remove, sprinkle with fresh chives, cut and enjoy.

Sausage Diavolo Pizza

Serves 4 to 6
1     refrigerated pizza dough crust, rolled out thin
1     tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1     package Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage Links
3/4     teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
5     cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced
3/4     cup onion, chopped
12     cherry tomatoes, halved
1     can crushed tomatoes (14 ounces)
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1/2     teaspoon oregano, dried
Sea salt and pepper
3     tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
1     cup Italian blend cheese, grated
1     cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1     long, sweet red pepper, cut into rings
Other fresh herbs such as basil (optional)

Position oven rack to center and preheat to 450°F. Lightly oil a pizza pan and roll out crust, thin.

In large skillet, heat oil and sauté sausage and red pepper flakes until browned. Remove from heat, drain fat, cool slightly and chop, roughly.

Add garlic and onion to skillet and cook about five minutes until onion is soft.

Add cherry tomatoes, canned tomatoes, wine and oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer about 20 minutes, stirring when necessary, until cherry tomatoes are soft and sauce thickens.
Add parsley and sausage back into skillet. Remove from heat.

Top pizza crust with sausage mixture, grated cheeses and red pepper rings. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, sprinkle with fresh herbs, cut and enjoy.

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Fast Family Dinners

Sausage and Mushroom Calzone

(Family Features) Don’t let the back-to-school frenzy put a damper on dinner plans. Soccer, dance, football and piano lessons don’t have to keep the family from sitting down for a meal together.

With a little planning – and everyone pitching in – you can create memorable family time around the table, even on the busiest of weeknights. Try some of these quick dinner tips and easy recipes for a delicious family dinner – fast.

Simple is better. During the week, stick to simple family favorites and save multi-step meals and new recipes for the weekends when you have a little more time.

Do double duty. When you brown ground beef or sausage for one meal, go ahead and brown extra to use in another dish later in the week. Rice, cheese and chopped onion can all be put in the freezer and saved for tacos, spaghetti or a skillet dish when you’re pressed for time.

Have a back-up plan. Even the best-laid plans can go awry, so make sure you’ve got something you can put together in a flash. It could be a meal you’ve prepped and frozen that just needs warming up, or some pasta, jarred sauce and whatever vegetables you have on hand that can be tossed together for a quick Italian feast.

Use convenience foods. Save some time and hassle with frozen cut vegetables or bagged salads. Look in the freezer and refrigerator sections of your grocery store to find farm-fresh Bob Evans proteins and sides that help you get a wholesome meal on the table with plenty of time to spare.

For more fast family recipes and money-saving coupons, visit www.bobevans.com.

Sausage and Mushroom Calzone

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1     pound Bob Evans Italian Roll Sausage
1     pound loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1/2  cup pizza sauce
1     jar sliced mushrooms, drained (4 ounces)
1/2  cup grated mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In large skillet, crumble and cook sausage until browned. Set aside.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12- to 14-inch rectangle. Cut into 4 pieces.

Top half of each rectangle with sauce, sausage, mushrooms and cheese. Fold dough over to enclose. Crimp around edges with a fork. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Mexican Sausage Pizza

Mexican Sausage Pizza

Prep time:  20 minutes
Cook time:  10 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1     pound Bob Evans Original Roll Sausage (can use Hot)
3     cups baking mix
2     cups grated cheddar cheese
1     can (15 ounces) refried beans
1/2     cup chopped onion
1     cup diced tomato
1/2     cup minced cilantro
2     cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
Sour cream (optional)
Salsa (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In medium skillet over medium heat crumble and cook sausage until brown. Cool.

In large bowl, combine baking mix, cheddar cheese and cooked sausage. Stir in 5 or 6 tablespoons water to form a dough. Pat out into a thin layer on a large baking sheet or pizza pan.  Bake for 10 minutes or until light brown.

Spread crust with refried beans. Top with onions, tomato, cilantro and cheese. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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