Bacon-Sausage Deep Dish Pizza
Makes 1 (12-inch) pizza
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 3 (3-ounce) links hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped smoked sausage
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
  • 2 cups shredded provolone cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced pepperoni
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove bacon using a slotted spoon, and let drain on paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in a small bowl.
  3. Add sausages, onion, and bell peppers to skillet; cook until sausage is browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, parsley, oregano, fennel seed, and salt; cook for 10 minutes. Remove sausage mixture from skillet. Wipe skillet clean; brush with reserved 1 tablespoon drippings. Place skillet in oven until very hot, 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll Pizza Dough into a 14-inch circle. Carefully transfer dough to hot skillet, letting edges extend over sides of pan. Sprinkle 1 cup provolone over dough. Spoon sausage mixture over provolone. Fold edges of dough over filling. (Dough won’t completely cover filling.) Sprinkle with Cheddar, pepperoni, and remaining 1 cup provolone.
  5. Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving.
Recipe by Taste of the South at