We have a great fondness for pizza in our household. Sometimes we get in pizza ruts, especially when I make a big batch of dough. We’ll eat a pizza a night until we’re out of dough. It’s so simple and quick to make. And with Roy, the big test for a meal receiving an “A” grade is if it is filling. Pizza is always filling, even when it is vegetarian.
But Roy still insists (most of the time) that it needs meat. I think the best wild game meats for a pizza are either grouse or trout. However, grouse are sometimes difficult to find, and we haven’t been fishing since this summer! Some may like a ground meat topping, as in a taco pizza, or cheeseburger pizza, but neither one of us care too much for that.
What does that leave us with? Bear meat. More specifically, Italian sausage bear meat. A great pizza topping! I started with our base bear sausage, and then added the following as I browned the meat: 1/3 cup red wine, 1.5 teaspoons ground fennel, 1 teaspoon sage, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
We’re finding that bear meat is pretty tasty!
- 2 - 2½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 Tbsp oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- Marinara sauce of your choice
- 1½ - 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 green pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 large red pepper, sliced thinly
- ½ cup fresh mushrooms, sliced thinly
- 2-3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thinly
- Bear Sausage
- Add yeast to warm water
- In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups flour and spices
- Once yeast has foamed sufficiently, add oil and stir
- Slowly add liquid to flour mixture
- Stir until incorporated
- If dough is too sticky, add more flour
- Knead gently either right in the bowl or on a floured surface
- Place ball of dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a dish towel
- Set aside for 30 minutes to a couple of hours to let dough rise
- Once dough has risen, split in two (either refrigerate/freeze/or use both), and roll it out as thin as you like with a rolling pin (we like really thin crusted pizza, so I roll it out as thin as I can without it breaking)
- Spread your preferred amount of marinara sauce over the dough
- Add your toppings
- Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness) until crust is golden and cheese is melted