8 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casings removed, cooked, and crumbled
8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
35 mins, plus cooling time for the chile oil
Makes:2 (10-inch) pizzas
Roasted peppers, spicy sausage, and chile oil are a classic manly-man pizza combo. Throwing it all on the grill not only ups the dude factor, but also gives this pizza an unparalleled crunchy crust.
Game plan: Making your own chile oil is easy, and the oil lasts for a week or so covered at room temperature. If you leave the chile flakes in the oil, the heat will continue to increase as the oil sits.
The sausage can be cooked and crumbled up to 1 day in advance. Keep it refrigerated in a covered container until ready to use.
What to buy: While homemade tastes best, a lot of the components for this pizza can be bought at the store. Premade pizza dough, pizza sauce, and roasted red peppers are widely available and will bump this dish up to weeknight status.
1Heat oil in a small frying pan over low heat until hot, about 1 minute. Add chile flakes and remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh strainer if desired, then transfer to a container and cover until ready to use.
For the pizza:
1Heat half of a gas or charcoal grill to high (about 400°F) and the other half to low (about 300°F). Divide dough in 1/2 and roll into 2 rounds about 1/4 inch thick and 10 inches in diameter. Brush the top of 1 round with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
2Lay dough oiled side down on the hotter half of the grill and brush the top with oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill without moving until grill marks form on the bottom of the dough, about 2 minutes.
3Flip dough with a spatula or tongs to the cooler half of grill. Spread 1/2 of the sauce evenly over the dough, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese over the sauce, then top with 1/2 of the peppers, 1/2 of the sausage, and 1/2 of the mozzarella. Cover and grill, rotating if necessary to avoid any hot spots, until dough is lightly charred and cheese is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes.
4Transfer pizza to a cutting board, sprinkle 1 tablespoon more of the Parmesan over top, drizzle with desired amount of chile oil, slice, and serve. Repeat with second round of dough and remaining toppings.