Pizza Grigliata con le Salsicce {Grilled Sausage Pizza}


Who doesn’t like a nice slice of pizza. We adore homemade pizza and make it often BUT during the summer months when it’s smoking hot outside I’m not a huge fan of heating up my oven to sweltering temperatures. Since I don’t have the luxury of an outside pizza oven {dare to dream} the next best way for us to make our beloved pizza is to GRILL it! Grilled pizza is ah-mazing and couldn’t be easier!

I take my HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH {no heating up the kitchen to do that just some time and my trusty KitchenAid mixer} my BASIC TOMATO SAUCE {which you can whip up stove-top in about 20ish minutes} then all that’s left to do is decide on the toppings. To satisfy the meat lovers in our house we usually go with SAUSAGE. Johnsonville Italian sausages are our favorites. They are full on flavor and include some of our favorite herbs and spices. They’re so good they have a permanent place in our freezer ; ) They ought to be good because sausage is ALL they do!

Did you hear that Johnsonville is currently featuring a CONTEST? The “Hot Story of the Week” contest features a new, unique question each week (now, through August 15, 2011), where folks can share their “grilling tales,” along with photos and videos. Weekly contest questions will explore topics like grilling in movies, family reunions, road trips and celebrating America.

Each week, people can submit their entry (you can enter as many times as you’d like!), for a chance to win a weekly prize. At the end of the summer, a grand prize winner will be selected via online voting from the public. The “Hot Story of the Week” grand prize winner will receive a year’s supply of Johnsonville Brats, a gas grill and $5,000 in cash! Woa Nelly!

EDITED TO ADD: Contest has ended. Thank you for your Entries. The WINNER is Comment #2 HEATHER @ HEATHER’S DISH who said “I know it’s cliche but the brats are the best! With some grilled onions and sauerkraut and spicy mustard please” Congratulations Heather! Please email your mailing address & phone number to

As if that wasn’t fantastic enough, Johnsonville is sweetening the pot and offering ONE of you LUCKY bell’alimento READERS a chance to WIN this hot little number! Nice eh ; )

In my best announcer voice…this little beauty is a black 14 1/2″ tabletop gas grill, it has easy to operate gas valve, chrome plated removeable cooking grid, cool touch handle, 9000 BTU burner w/regulator filter. {Propane not included}

AND we’re not stopping there oh no, the winner will also receive a selection of coupons good towards Johnsonville sausages to help get them grillin’…

Are you ready TO ENTER – you know you want to… Here’s what you do:

{Mandatory Entry}
1. Leave a comment telling us what your favorite Johnsonville product is.

{BONUS ENTRIES – you must leave a separate comment for each entry to count}
2. Follow bell’alimento on TWITTER
3. RT this “I just entered to win a GRILL from @bellalimento & @JVilleSausage. Enter here: ”
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7. Sign up for bell’alimento’s email or RSS Feed
8. Enter the Johnsonville Hot Story of the Week Contest!

That’s a total of EIGHT chances to win! Good Luck! In Bocca al lupo!


Legal Schmegal: Contest is open through Friday, June 24th. Contest is open to US addresses only {sorry to our international friends but shipping is so expensive} One winner will be drawn by lucky eight ball aka and will be notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a secondary winner will be drawn.


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Johnsonville. Johnsonville also provided me with a selection of sausages and a table-top grill. One lucky reader will also receive a complimentary grill and coupons for a selection of Johnsonville products. However, my opinions are my own. Always have been, always will be!


Pizza Grigliata con le Salsicce {Grilled Sausage Pizza}
What you’ll need: {makes enough for two pizzas}
19.76 ounces {1 package} Johnsonville mild sausages – casings removed
A handful of fresh basil – roughly torn, divided
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups mozzarella cheese – grated
10-12 cherry tomatoes – halved
cornmeal – to dust

What to do:

2. Fire up your grill.

3. WHILE grill is heating, stove-top place a saute pan over medium heat. Add sausages, crumbling them into bite size chunks. Add 1/2 basil leaves and cook over medium heat until sausage is cooked through. Drain any excess fat. Set aside.

4. Roll out your pizza dough to desired thickness. Transfer dough to pizza peel that has been dusted with cornmeal.

5. CAREFULLY place pizza dough onto hot grill. Cook for approximately 1-2 minutes and flip. Cook reverse side for approximately one minute and remove. {I find tongs or a large spatula work well for this}

6. {Divide ingredients between both pizzas} Drizzle a little olive oil on top of dough. Spread on tomato sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese, sausage and tomatoes. Season with salt/pepper. Return pizza to grill. Close grill lid and cook JUST until cheese has melted. Garnish with remaining basil leaves prior to serving.

Buon Appetito!


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    One of my favorite recipes is grilled spicy Johnsonville Italian sausage (my favorite), peppers and onions in a wine based tomato sauce over soft polenta loaded with parmesan……complete YUMNESS!!!!

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    My fav product is the Italian sweet or mild sausage. It’s so good!

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    Grilled Sausage Pizza, also known as my husband’s dream dinner…

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    I’m a huge fan of the Johnsonville breakfast sausages, they’re so-so good. I make a Chicago style sausage and peppers with their Italian sausage too. Your pizza has me hungry!

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    My favorite Johnsonville product is Johnsonville HOT Italian sausages! I love them…usually use them mostly in pasta. I’m sure they taste wonderful in these grilled pizza as well. Can’t wait to get (win) my grill! Keeping my fingers crossed. thanks for a chance to win.

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    I”m in awe of the gorgeousness of that pizza, Paula! YUM.

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    Now THAT’S a sausage pizza!!!

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    Late to the party, but a fabulous post and recipe. I’ve not ventured into grilling pizza, as I’ve yet to be successful making it at home. I’ve tried twice, and just havent been spot on. I’ll give your recipe a whirl!



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