Ben is Matt’s cousin on his mother’s side. Ben and Matt together in the same room is EPIC. They are so funny, witty and pretty darn charming. I cannot explain the dynamic between these two but not time nor distance will ever change the connection these two have. Ben lives in St.Augustine with his lovely wife Beth and their “cutest kid ever” Zoey. He knows I love to get new ideas and recipes! So he texted me…then he had to email me because the texts alone don’t work for me. I need more information…actually I
require more information when I am following someone’s else “fly by the seat of their pants’ recipe”.
Ben said he calls this dish Cup O Pizza from a movie scene in The Jerk with Steve Martin. I think that it’s fitting but Matt had to analyze the fact that it is not in an actual cup…I don’t care…it works for me! Let’s call it a giant cup! Or heck, serve it in a cup like Ben suggested!
1 pound chicken or turkey sausage, removed from casing (I had spicy Turkey but use what you like)
1 4.5-ounce bag pepperoni (I actually had Turkey Pepperoni….which I don’t tell my peeps…don’t judge)
1 24-ounce jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional…not in Ben’s original plans…I am a rebel!)
1 pound fresh mozzarella cut into 2-inches cubes
1 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 pound small pasta (cooked al dente)
1 container store bought pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1 tablespoon fresh oregano (I had to skip because I forgot to buy some)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat your oven to 415 degrees F.
In a large Dutch oven brown your turkey or chicken sausage breaking it up as it cook into large chunks. Cook until no longer pink. Add your pepperoni, mushrooms, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil and hot sauce. Stir to cover your sausage and pepperoni with all the spices. Add your marinara sauce and combine well. Add your mozzarella pieces, all but about 1/2 cup (keep that to the side) and your pasta, stir everything well and put in your preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove dish from your oven and top with the remaining cheese. Using your best tools (your hands) stretch out and shape your pizza dough to fit over everything.
Drizzle the olive oil over the dough, add your fresh herbs and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese. Put back in your oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve and Enjoy!
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Note: Ben says you could shred your mozzarella cheese as well but you won’t have lovely chunks of cheese floating through your dish…which we all know would be very very sad!
Another note: Bear and Matt felt it was a bit too cheesy, Sunshine and I didn’t…you may reduce if you want…but it’s a “Pizza”…pizzas have a lot of cheese, don’t they?
Peace and Cups,
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