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Deep Dish Pizza with Sausage


4 ounces Italian sausage, halved lengthwise
olive oil for brushing pan
cornmeal for dusting pan
1 pound prepared pizza dough, room temperature (see recipe)
¾ cup prepared pizza sauce, strained
6 ounces mozzarella, shredded
1-1/2 tablespoons sliced fresh basil


preheat with grill 2
Preheat the Cuisinart® Convection Microwave Oven with Grill by selecting the second Grill combination (G-2) for 8 to 10 minutes. Place grill rack in oven and place the sausages directly on the rack in the upper rack position. Place a microwave safe pie plate directly on the turntable to collect any drippings. Select the second Grill Combination (G-2) for 8 minutes to grill the sausages. Remove and reserve. Slice sausages once cool to touch.
While sausages are grilling, brush a 10” round cake pan with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll the dough and stretch to fit the pan, pressing down center of dough slightly to create a thick band of crust. Brush the dough with olive oil.
Preheat oven to 400°F on the convection setting. Place pan on the grill rack in the lower rack position and place in oven. Bake for 15 minutes.
Add sauce to par-baked dough, top with mozzarella, sausage and basil. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.
Serve immediately.

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Makes 4 servings

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

Calories 203 (24% from fat) • carb. 32g • pro. 7g • fat 5g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 6mg • sod. 443mg • calc. 29mg • fiber 1g

This recipe can be prepared using the following Cuisinart® products:
Convection Microwave Oven and Grill

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