Grilled Radicchio and Spicy Italian Sausage Pizza

Total Time:
3 hr 35 min
45 min
2 hr
50 min

2 to 3 pizzas

  • 4 heads radicchio
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • Pizza Dough, recipe follows
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 pound fresh spicy Italian sausage
  • 4 ounces taleggio cheese, sliced into 2- by 1/2-inch slices
  • Kosher salt
  • Pizza Dough:
  • 3 1/2 cups "00" flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, for oiling the bowl
  • Remove the stems and quarter the radicchio heads. Mix the balsamic, olive oil, chili flakes and chopped garlic to make a marinade. Submerge the radicchio, cut-side down, in the marinade for 1 hour prior to grilling.

  • Crumble the sausage into a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until fully rendered and slightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cooked sausage to a tray lined with paper towels.

  • Remove the radicchio from the marinade, reserving the marinade itself for dressing the finished radicchio. Grill the radicchio over an open flame starting with the cut-side down, and rotating until slightly charred on the outside (we suggest a charcoal grill, but if not using an outdoor grill, a griddle or grill pan would suffice). Once cooked, remove to a tray to cool. When the radicchio is cool, chop into 1-inch squares and toss with the reserved marinade.

  • Roll out the pizza dough into three 12-inch circles, 1/4-inch thick.

  • Start by grilling 1 pizza over medium-high heat on the grill. Once the bottom has a slight char, flip the pizza and top with some of the grilled radicchio, cooked sausage, chopped rosemary and taleggio slices (about 3 per pizza). Cover with the grill lid to melt the cheese and crisp the bottom, just a few minutes. Remove the pizza from the grill with a wide spatula to a cutting board. Let cool for a few minutes, and then slice into 6 or 8 pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough and ingredients.

Pizza Dough:
  • Combine the flour, 3/4 cup water, yeast and sugar in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Knead on medium speed for 10 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl and allow the dough to rest for 1 hour, covered, in a draft-free spot.

  • Punch down and shape the dough into two to three 10-ounce balls. Allow to proof on an oiled tray or container covered with a towel or lid until almost doubled in size.

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