Eggplant Sausage Pizza

Serves 4
You'll Need: 1 prepared dough ball (room temperature), 1/4 cup flour (for rolling out dough), 2 cloves garlic (finely sliced), 1 cup tomato pizza sauce, 4 Tbsp olive oil, 2 turkey sausage links (about 2-3 oz of meat; thinly sliced), 10 thin slices of eggplant (cut into 1/4" to 1/2" rounds), 2 fresh vine ripe tomatoes (thinly sliced), 1 cup Romano cheese (freshly grated), 4 basil leaves (thinly sliced)

How to Prepare: Cut the dough ball in half (to make 2 small pizzas). Flour a work surface and rolling pin and roll the dough balls into 10"x7" rectangles. Pierce each with a fork about 5 times. Transfer rolled dough onto two small cookie/baking sheets (or 1 large sheet). Evenly sprinkle the thinly sliced garlic onto each pizza dough. Place in 450 degree F oven for 3 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. In a large saute pan add 3 Tbsp of oil and sear eggplant 1-2 minutes on each side (eggplant will become slightly translucent). Set eggplant aside. Put remaining oil in saute pan and saute sausage (stirring regularly) 3-4 minutes, until lightly cooked through. With a spatula, evenly spread tomato sauce onto each pizza dough surface. Evenly add layers of eggplant, tomato, sausage and cheese. Place pizzas in oven for 10-12 minutes (until edges are golden brown and cheese is melted). Remove from oven and evenly sprinkle basil on top of each pizza. Cut each pizza in half, to make 4 servings. Serve and enjoy right away.

Note - I use turkey sausage and wheat dough as they are healthier, but use any types that you like. If you prefer more cheese, then add more cheese too!

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