This recipe is a creative approach to everyone’s favourite with arugula, goat milk feta, and artichoke tapenade. It’s the best of Italy with some French flair added. Bon appetit!
- Keep these tips in mind for juicy BBQ sausages every time:
- Make sure the grill isn’t too hot or you could end up with a sausage that is burnt on the outside before the inside is thoroughly cooked.
- Never cut or puncture the casing which holds in all the delicious juices. This will also reduce flare-ups on the grill. The sausages will be ready when the juices start to run and you can hear a faint whistling sound.
- Keep an area of your grill cool. If a flare-up does occur, move the sausages to the cooler area until the flame subsides.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Andrea Nicholson for duBreton Certified Humane® and Organic Pork
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
1 package (four sausages) duBreton Toulouse Sausage (available in Organic or Rustic Farm Pork)
1 (approx. 1 lbs.) Pizza Dough Ball, pre-made
3 to 5 Tbsp. (45mL – 75mL) extra virgin olive oil, divided (for oiling BBQ grates and pizza crust) + 2 Tbsp. (30mL) extra virgin olive oil (for pizza topping)
3/4 cup (175mL) artichoke tapenade (recipe below)
1-1/4 cup (310mL) goats milk feta
1 cup (250mL) mozzarella, grated
6 basil leaves, torn
1 cup (250mL) organic arugula
1-1/2 cups (375mL) organic artichoke hearts, drained
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) cayenne powder
1/4 cup (60mL) pitted organic green olives, preferably Castelveltrano
1 Tbsp. (15mL) capers, rinsed
1/3 cup (75mL) organic extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. (15mL) fresh lemon juice
Pinch sea salt
1/4 cup (60mL) Parmigianino cheese, grated
Place the artichoke hearts, garlic, cayenne powder, olives, capers, oil, lemon juice and sea salt in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the cheese and puree for another 15 seconds. Set aside.
Pre-heat BBQ to high heat. Place the Toulouse sausages on the grill and cook for 8 minutes, flip and cook on the other side for another 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2 inch rounds.
Cut the pizza dough ball into 2 equal pieces. Lightly flour the countertop and flatten one of the dough balls by hand. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 12-16 inch round, rotating and stretching the dough as you go. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pizza peel (or rimless baking sheet) and stretch to re-shape if necessary.
Oil the BBQ grill grates and decrease the heat to medium.
Brush the dough with 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil and flip onto the hot grill, oiled side down. Close the lid and cook until the bottom of crust is golden brown, approx. 1 to 2 minutes.
Brush the raw side of the dough with 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil, then immediately flip using the peel (or rimless baking sheet). Spread three Tbsp. of artichoke tapenade on the dough, then top with grated feta and mozzarella, sliced Toulouse sausage and torn basil.
Close the lid and cook until the bottom of crust is golden browned and cheese has melted, about 2 to 4 minutes.
Using the peel (or rimless baking sheet), remove the pizza to a cooling rack and let rest for 3 minutes. Top with baby arugula, drizzle with 2 Tbsp. (30mL) olive oil. Slice into desired size.
Note: Store extra artichoke tapenade in a resealable container in the fridge for up to a month.