Deep-Dish Cheese Sausage Pizza

Deep-Dish Cheese Sausage Pizza

3 14 1/2-ounce cans Italian tomatoes (3 cups drained)
Basic Pizza Dough – prepared as directed
3 cups imitation shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 pounds lean sausage
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano leaves – crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds – crushed
1/4 cup fancy shredded parmesan cheese

Coarsely chop tomatoes; drain well and squeeze to remove excess moisture; reserve.

Grease one 14- × 2-inch (deep-dish) pizza pan or two 9- × 2-inch round cake pans; sprinkle with cornmeal.

On lightly floured surface, roll pizza dough to 16-inch circle to fit large pan or to two 12-inch circles to fit cake pans. Press dough into bottom and 1 1/2 inches up side of pan(s). Evenly sprinkle cheese in bottom of dough-lined pan(s). Crumble sausage over cheese.

Top with tomatoes, oregano, fennel and Parmesan cheese. Place pizza(s) in 500ºF oven; immediately reduce heat to 400ºF. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sausage is cooked through. Remove from oven; cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 1 (14-inch) or 2 (9-inch) deep-dish pizzas