This is no ordinary pizza. With spicy pizza sauce, hot sausage, pepperoni, pepperjack, smoked provolone, crushed red pepper, garlic, oregano, and drizzled with sriracha.
I’ve officially managed to contract a summer cold of sorts. I could blame it on my nephews who are likely carries of all sorts of plagues like most kids, but I also was on 2 long flights in enclosed spaces and contact with hundreds of people. The worst part is that I am getting ready to get back on a plane for my trip with friends on Thursday! Must. Get. Better. Traveling while sick is the worst and I refuse to let it ruin my trip.
I’ve been pumping myself with fluids and trying to get as much sleep as I can. Last night however one of the cats decided to interrupt my sleep my licking a charger cord incessantly. Seriously?? The struggle is real, between the dog recently taking up the habit of peeing on the floor and couch despite being house trained for years (don’t get my started on that tale) and the cats waking me up. My savior is comfort food but since I am not craving soup in this warm weather, how about some spicy pizza to open up those airways?
You may think that this looks like a regular pepperoni pizza, but you would be wrong. Hidden in the depths of this pizza is layers of spice, infusing the sauce, cheese, and toppings starting with sriracha in the pizza sauce, spicy pepperjack cheese mixed in with smoked gouda, and topped with pepperoni, hot Italian sausage, oregano, and crushed red pepper.
When I was younger, much to my dismay my brother would sneak crushed red pepper under my cheese when I wasn’t paying attention. Little did I know that over 2 decades later I would be doing it voluntarily and wouldn’t stop with just the red pepper. That being said however, I still am not a fan of overly spicy things and this pizza was just spicy enough for my taste. Feel free to pump up the heat or turn it down based on what you can handle.
One year ago: Spicy Mustard & Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers
Two years ago: Breakfast Crème Brulee
Four years ago: Mixed Fruit Crumble
1 recipe sourdough pizza crust, risen
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1-2 tsp sriracha, plus more for drizzle if desired
1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1 cup shredded smoked gouda
24-ish pepperoni slices
1 hot Italian sausage link, uncooked and crumbled
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Place pizza stone on middle rack and allow to preheat in the oven to 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, roll out dough to desired size and transfer to a pizza peel (or flat baking sheet) sprinkled with cornmeal.
- In a small bowl, combine the pizza sauce and sriracha. Spread evenly over the crust, leaving an edge. Top with cheeses, pepperoni, sausage bits, oregano and red pepper.
- Transfer to the pizza stone (it’ll take a couple shakes) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until it the crust turns golden and the cheese starts to bubble. Allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving. Drizzle with more sriracha if desired.
Source: Inspired by Donatos sriracha-jack pizza.
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