spicy bee pizza with calabrian chilies and honey

Angry Bee Pizza with Calabrian Chilies & Honey

With this pizza you get sweet and savory flavors with just the right amount of spice. The sausage and Calabrian chilies contrast perfectly with the honey drizzled on top of the pizza just before serving. Calabrian chilies are small but mighty. They are little red Italian chili peppers that pack a punch and once preserved in oil (as used here), they are smoky, salty, fruity and spicy all at the same time. Calabrian chilies are my current favorite pepper because of their depth.

A pizza stone is a great investment as you end up with delicious, crispy, evenly cooked pizza. Heat the oven with the pizza stone inside so that it is thoroughly heated when you start cooking the pizza. Putting the dough on the parchment paper after rolling it out allows the dough to stick to it and then you can easily slide it onto the pizza stone from the pizza peel. Another option is to use cornmeal but this is a much messier method. Once the pizza is cooked it slides right off the parchment paper and is nice and crispy. If you do not have a pizza stone, cook your pizza on a lightly greased baking sheet.

 

Ingredients:

½ pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

¾ cup peeled tomatoes with sauce

1 medium Roma tomato, thinly sliced

6 ounces mozzarella cheese

½ cup cooked Italian sausage

1 tablespoon Calabrian chili paste 

1 teaspoon chopped oregano

2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons honey

 

Pizza stone (optional)

Pizza peel (optional)

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 500º with a pizza stone placed on the center rack.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about a 10-inch circle. The dough should be fairly thin. Place the dough on piece of parchment paper on top of the pizza peel. If you do not have a pizza stone/peel then prepare the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Rub the olive oil and garlic over the pizza dough including the edges. Add the tomatoes and spread it around the dough, leaving about 1-inch of crust. Top with slices of tomato, followed by mozzarella cheese. Evenly spread the sausage over the top then drop the chili paste around the pizza. Sprinkle the oregano over top.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the pizza with Parmesan then drizzle with honey. Cut into even slices and serve warm.

 

Makes 1 (9- inch) pizza.

 

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