Tonight, we try our take on this amazingly flavorful pizza pie inspired by my recent visit to Vesta in Redwood City, California1. Of course, they cook in a wood oven but we can do a pretty good job at home.
The key to a good pizza is the dough and the marinara sauce. For now, we are using some store-bought (frozen) dough and marinara for convenience. Although, I have a recipe for homemade Marinara that will take this to another planet! And, while we are going to ensure that our pie has the appropriate amount of heat and spice, you can adjust the recipe as necessary to reduce the amount of heat. Let’s get started.
- Thin Crust Pizza Dough (Home made or Favorite Brand)
- 2 Spicy Italian Sausages
- 3 Serrano Chili Peppers
- 1/3 Cup Freshly Chopped Parsley
- 8 Oz Mascarpone Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Marinara Sauce
- Kosher Salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
- Olive Oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees (F).
- Roll out your pizza dough into a cookie or baking tray. Make sure that it is even, and then brush it lightly with olive oil. Put into the heated oven for about 4 minutes and then remove. This is going to ensure that our crust will be crisp when we are done.
- Cut your Spicy Italian Sausages and Serrano Chili's into thin discs and set aside. You may wish to de-seed the chili's to reduce the amount of heat, but this is not required. Chop about 1/3 Cup of Fresh Parsley and set aside. Prepare your pizza pie.
- Ladle a thin layer of marinara onto your pre-cooked pizza dough. Then place the cut sausages and chili's onto the marinara. Using a spoon, add the Mascarpone Cheese by adding large spoon sized drops around the pie. Now, add a liberal amount of honey in a back and forth motion across the entire top of the pizza.
- Place into the 425 (F) oven for about 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is decently melted. Remove and top with the freshly chopped Parsley. Let the pizza cool for about 2-5 minutes and serve.
1If you are in California, be sure to make your reservations today at Vesta!0