American Lamb Sausage Pizza with Confit Tomatoes and Fennel

  

June 21, 2022

Recipe provided by Home - Cooking with Cocktail Rings, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (American Lamb Sausage Pizza with Confit Tomatoes and Fennel | American Lamb).

Ingredients

Lamb Merguez Sausage

1/2 tsp Coriander seeds

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

1/2 tsp Fennel seeds

1 lb Ground American lamb

2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, minced

2 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp Paprika

1/2 tsp Crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper

2 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil

Confit Tomatoes

10 ounces Cherry tomatoes

2 Shallots, halved

1 heads Garlic, slightly smashed

1 cup Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt, as needed

Assembly

1 lb Pizza dough

All purpose flour, as needed for rolling

2 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1/2 cup Fennel, thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups Asiago cheese, shredded

1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Fennel fronds, for garnishing (optional)

Pizza stone (optional)

Pizza peel (optional)

Directions

Lamb Sausage

1In a small skillet over medium heat add the coriander, cumin and fennel and dry toast until fragrant, shaking the pan occasionally, about 2 minutes. Remove and pound with a mortar and pestle. Add to a medium mixing bowl with the lamb, cilantro, garlic, salt, paprika, red pepper and cayenne. Use hands to carefully mix the lamb mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least one day and up to 5.

2When ready to use, heat a medium cast-iron pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Add lamb mixture and cook, breaking up the mixture with a wooden spoon, until browned all over, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Confit Tomatoes

1Heat oven to 350ºF. Add the tomatoes, shallots and garlic to a small roasting dish and cover with the olive oil. Roast until the tomatoes are blistering and bubbling and shallots and garlic are tender, about 45 minutes.

Assembly

1Place pizza stone on grill or in oven and heat to 500ºF.

2Divide the dough in half and on a lightly floured surface, working one half at a time, roll out each half of 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.

3Rub the olive oil and the confit garlic over the pizza dough including the edges. Use a pizza peel to slide the dough with parchment paper underneath it onto the pizza stone. Cook until crust is a pale brown and bubbly, about 6 minutes.

4Remove from grill or oven and spread ½ cup of the confit tomatoes and shallots over the pizza as well as the fennel. Top with 1 cup of the Asiago and ½ cup of Parmesan followed by 1 cup of the lamb sausage. Return to the pizza stone and continue to cook until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly, about 8 minutes.

5Remove and set aside then repeat with the remaining dough and ingredients. Garnish with fennel fronds (optional) and cut into 8 equal slices before serving.

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