Grilled Pizza with Sausage Mushrooms and Onions
- 4 1/2 cups flour, plus more for kneading
- 3 packages rapid rise yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups very warm water
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 package Coleman Natural Sweet Italian Sausage (or other sausage of your choosing) (4 links), sliced
- 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, cut in thin half moons
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
- 8 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
Dough: Combine 3 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and stir together. Add the water and olive oil and stir until everything is combined. Add the remaining flour and stir until smooth. If dough is still sticky, add a bit more flour, and then knead for a few minutes. Divide the dough into 4 balls and set aside, covered with a kitchen towel, while you prepare the toppings.
To make the pizza sauce, combine the tomatoes with the tomato paste, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan. Cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes, and then puree the pizza sauce in a blender or food processor or using a stick blender in the pan.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms are soft and the onions are nicely browned, about 10 minutes more. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
Add the sliced sausage to the same skillet and cook over medium high heat for a few minutes to brown the sausage. Drain on paper towels.
Heat the grill to high heat. While the grill is heating, stretch or roll out the pizza dough into 4 pizzas. Lay them on well-oiled baking sheets and take them, along with all of the toppings and some extra olive oil, to the grill.
Reduce the heat to low and lay the pizza crusts, oiled side down, on the grill. Cover and cook until lightly browned and cooked on the first side, about 3-5 minutes, checking frequently to pop any bubbles that might form. When the first side is cooked, brush the uncooked side with olive oil and then flip the crusts.
Spread each crust with about 1/3 cup of pizza sauce and then top the pizzas with half of the cheese. Divide the mushroom and onion mixture between the 4 pizzas, and then divide the sliced sausage between the 4 pizzas. Top with the remaining cheese, cover the grill, and cook until the bottom sides of the crusts are nicely browned and the cheese is fully melted, about 5-10 minutes longer. Garnish with fresh basil before serving.