Turkey Bacon, Sausage and Pepperoni Deluxe Pizza
Turkey Bacon, Sausage and Pepperoni Deluxe Pizza has a thick and chewy homemade pizza crust with the flavors of deluxe pizza but healthier.
Happy Friday!!! I am super excited today because I passed my final thesis defense exam yesterday, so aside from turning in some paper work and uploading my 245 page thesis to the graduate school website, I have finally earned my PhD! It feels good to say that after 5 years of hard work 🙂
I know I’ve posted several pizza recipes, but I just had to share this pizza because it was SOOOO good. Bob and I were really surprised how much we liked it – just as good as pizza we could order or get at a restaurant! I originally called this pizza “Triple T” because it’s made with turkey bacon, turkey sausage, and turkey pepperoni. To make it a deluxe pizza, I added some green pepper and onion, which really put it over the top. You could always throw on some mushrooms or olives, if that’s your thing.
I haven’t found a homemade pizza sauce recipe I like yet, so I tried jarred Ragu Pizza sauce and was surprised by how good it is, especially since I’m not a big fan of their spaghetti sauce. In the past I have bought canned pizza sauce but am never happy with the taste. (UPDATE: Try Rao’s marinara or pizza sauce!)
As far as the turkey products go, I am pretty particular with which brands I buy, simply based on trial and error taste-wise.
I recommend Hormel brand turkey pepperoni. It tastes the most like traditional pepperoni.
We like Louis Rich ground turkey sausage (in a tube like regular pork sausage). I have used Jennie-O ground turkey sausage before (both hot and sweet), and it’s fine, but for pizza we prefer the Louis Rich. UPDATE: I can no longer find this brand but now I buy Butterball brand.
We have tried many brands of turkey bacon and find Oscar Mayer brand to be the best.
I completely urge you to try Oscar Mayer turkey bacon if you 1) have never tried turkey bacon, or 2) have tried other brands and don’t like them. I really thought turkey bacon was pretty gross before finding Oscar Mayer. By the way, I am not a spokesperson for any of these brands, haha 🙂
Growing up, Friday nights were always pizza night. Anyone else have a Friday night dinner tradition???
Glute Free Deluxe Pizza
Try this gluten free Quick Homemade No Yeast Pizza Dough with these same toppings.
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Traditional Pizza Crust
Thin Crust Pizza
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Quick Homemade No Yeast Pizza Crust (gluten free option)
And pizza topping ideas:
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Chicken Pizza with Nut Free Pesto
Chicken Pesto Pizza
- pizza stone
- parchment paper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 green pepper (finely diced)
- 1/2 yellow onion (finely diced)
- 4 ounces ground turkey sausage
- 1/2 batch homemade pizza dough (see note, enough for 1 large pizza)
- 8 ounces homemade or store bought pizza sauce (Recommended: Ragu or Rao's )
- turkey pepperoni (Recommended: Hormel)
- 4 strips of turkey bacon, cooked but not too crisp, torn into small pieces (Recommended: Oscar Mayer)
- Mozzarella cheese (freshly shredded)
- Parmesan cheese (grated)
- Pizza/Italian seasoning (to taste)
- 1/3 cup cornmeal (only if not using parchment paper)
- Preheat oven with pizza stone on lower middle rack to 500°F for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare the toppings.
- Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium/high heat. Add the green pepper and saute for 3 minutes, then and half of the chopped onion (equivalent of 1/4 onion) and saute until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and set aside.
- Using the same pan, brown the sausage and crumble into small pieces. Cook through and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain grease.
- Roll out dough into a large circle, approximately 14 inches in diameter, on a piece of parchment paper. If you do not have parchment paper, generously apply cornmeal to a large surface, such as a cutting board, and roll out the dough. The cornmeal is essential to eventually sliding the pizza directly onto the pizza stone if not using parchment paper.
- Top pizza in the following order: sauce, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, grilled pepper/onion mixture, remaining raw onions, mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, then a sprinkle of Pizza/Italian seasoning.
- If using parchment paper, use a pizza peel or a flat baking sheet to transfer the pizza and parchment onto the baking stone in the oven. If using cornmeal, remove hot pizza stone from oven, apply extra cornmeal to the surface of the stone, and slip pizza directly onto stone.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted as desired.
- Remove pizza from oven, slide onto a large cutting board and slice.