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Sausage and Greens Grandma-Style Pizza with Toasted Breadcrumbs
Homemade grandma-style pizza topped with seared sausage, lemony kale, and crispy toasted panko breadcrumbs.
Recipe Type: Dinner
Makes: 6 servings
Author: Brooklyn Supper, adapted from Bon Appetit
For the Pizza Dough
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
For the Toppings
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and sliced thin
  • sea salt
  • 1 bunch lacinato or Tuscan kale, thick stems removed and chopped
  • tablespoon zest of 1 lemon plus 1 freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, torn or shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 links mild Italian sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick, or your sausage of choice
  • 1/2 cup Progresso Plain Panko Crispy Breadcrumbs
  1. To make pizza dough, pour lukewarm water into a stand mixer bowl (to knead with a dough hook) or a regular mixing bowl (if you plan to knead by hand) and sprinkle yeast over top. Set in a warm, draft-free place for 10 minutes. Mixture should be cloudy and bubbling.
  2. Fit stand mixer with dough hook. Set bowl into stand mixer and fold in bread flour, olive oil, and sea salt. With mixer on low, knead 7 - 10 minutes with dough hook, or until dough is very smooth and pliable (you will need to stop occasionally and reposition dough in the bowl). Or, knead by hand 10 - 12 minutes on a lightly floured surface. Remove dough from bowl, coat lightly with olive oil, and set dough back inside. Cover with plastic wrap and a warm, damp towel, and set in a warm, draft free place for 1 - 2 hours or until dough has puffed up and risen by about half. Punch dough down, recover, and let rise another 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Set out a 13 x 18-inch rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle 1/4 cup olive oil over baking sheet and set dough in the center. Gently pull dough out into a rectangle shape so that it touches all the edges of pan. If dough becomes hard to work with or begins to tear, set dough aside for 10 minutes covered with plastic wrap and a towel.
  5. Meanwhile, set a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, and, when hot, add garlic and a pinch sea salt. Sauté 1 minute. Add kale and another pinch sea salt; cook just until kale begins to wilt, about 4 minutes. Fold in lemon zest. Remove pan from heat.
  6. Stir lemon juice into the ricotta.
  7. To assemble pizza, top crust with mozzarella, spread out ricotta, and gently tuck kale and garlic mixture throughout. Sprinkle with black pepper. Slide into hot oven; set a timer for 15 minutes.
  8. Wipe skillet used for the kale clean and set over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear sausage on both sides (about 2 – 3 minutes per side) and then set aside. Turn heat down to medium and pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat (or add olive oil to make 1 tablespoon). Add panko and a pinch sea salt, and toast until fragrant and golden, 2 - 3 minutes. Set aside.
  9. After 15 minutes, remove pizza from oven, add sausage, top with breadcrumbs, and then bake another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, slice, and serve piping hot.
  10. Reheat any leftovers in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.