Chicken Apple Sausage, Leek and Tomato Flatbread Pizza

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I’ve been looking forward to making this flatbread pizza for dinner all day – mostly because I know Dennis has been looking forward to having this for dinner tonight. He works really hard for our family and I like to work hard at home to make sure everything is nice for him, and I especially like to make him a dinner that he will enjoy after a long day.

I bought a package of flatbread pizza crusts at Trader Joe’s for this pizza (the package comes with two crusts. For this recipe, I used one of the two crusts). I love these for a couple of reasons, the first being that they taste really good! The second is that they’re easy and makes for a quick dinner if you’re running short on time or just want to spend a little less time in the kitchen on any particular day.

I had leeks in my refrigerator that I wanted to use up, so started with those as an idea for a pizza topping. I knew chicken apple sausages would be wonderful with the leeks, so that gave me the second topping for our pizza. I could eat cherry tomatoes every day and wanted to include those as well on our pizza.

When using leeks, you need to make sure to give them a good cleaning. You basically want to use the white and light green part of the leek. I sliced my leek in thin slices and placed them in a bowl. I aded water to cover the leeks and let them sit for a few minutes. Leeks can have sand in them and you definitely want to make sure all the sand is removed before using. Swish the leeks around in the water with your hand to clean them and then drain the leeks into a strainer.

I heated one tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized skillet. Once the oil was hot, I added the leeks and let them sauté until they started to brown.

Once the leeks were browned, I removed them to a bowl and set aside. I then added 8 ounces of cherry tomatoes that I halved to the same skillet. If the skillet seems dry, add a bit more olive oil. I sprinkled kosher salt and red pepper flakes onto the tomatoes and let them sauté for about 3 minutes.

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Meanwhile, I was heating the chicken apple sausages in the microwave (they were already cooked, but the package directions said to heat for 35 seconds – which I did, sliced and set aside).

I brushed the flatbread crust with olive oil and sprinkled it with a teaspoon of dried oregano.

I then topped the crust with shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese. To the cheese, I added the leeks, tomatoes and sausages, and then placed the pizza into a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese was melted.

Oh.my.goodness. That’s all I need to say :). This pizza was fabulous!

I topped the pizza with fresh basil before serving and also added another shake of red pepper flakes for an added kick of flavor.

Just look at how good this looks! A bit of the sausage, tomato and leek on this forkful – yum!

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I’m already looking forward to lunch tomorrow when I can reheat a slice of this wonderful concoction.

Ingredients

Flatbread pizza crust
3 chicken apple sausages, cooked and sliced
1 leek, sliced thin
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
olive oil (1-2 tablespoons for skillet, plus more for brushing crust)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
shredded mozzarella for topping pizza (as much or as little as you’d like. I use about 3/4 cup)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Slice and clean leeks.
  3. Halve tomatoes.
  4. Heat chicken sausages through per package directions.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in skillet. Add leeks and cook until they start to brown, 4-5 minutes. Remove leeks to a bowl and set aside.
  6. Add tomatoes to skillet. If skillet seems dry, add 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt onto tomatoes as well as a healthy pinch of red pepper flakes. Sauté tomatoes for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Brush crust with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano. Top with shredded mozzarella, leeks, tomatoes and sausages.
  8. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

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