Homemade Lamb Sausage Pizza

Sometimes I feel like making my own pizza dough, sometimes I like buying the pre-made flatbread slabs and covering them with my own toppings.  I’ve made this pizza twice now, both times with the Trader Joe’s flat breads.  The base is your choice, this recipe just tells you how to bring it all together.

Here’s what you need:

For the sausage:

olive oil

1 sweet onion, finely chopped

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 pound ground lamb

1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary leaves

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves

1 teaspoon sumac powder

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds

For the sauce:  1 can crushed tomatoes, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

The cheese:  3-4 cups shredded fontina and Gruyere cheeses (also good with Gruyere and jack combo)

The base:  2 flatbread crusts (or other crust of your choice)

Here’s what you do:

1.  Make the sausage (you can even do this a day in advance):

Heat some olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat and cook the onion and celery until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the lamb to the pan, and continue to cook until the meat is cooked through, adding the fresh herbs and dry spices about halfway through.

Remove from the heat.

2.  Make the sauce (you can do this while the lamb mixture is cooking):

Open the can of crushed tomatoes.  Stir in the garlic, sugar and crushed red pepper.  Allow the flavors to meld.

3.  Shred the cheese (you can do this while the lamb mixture is cooking).

4.  Prepare your pizzas:

Preheat your oven per the instructions on your crusts.

Spread a thin layer of the sauce over the crusts (you will have much more than you need).

Sprinkle a generous layer of cheese.

Sprinkle a generous layer of lamb sausage.  (You will have extra.)

5.  Bake per the instructions on your crusts, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

Enjoy!

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