Topped with an herby ricotta 'sauce', tender brussels sprouts, cheese, and hot honey this Spicy Brussels Sprout Pizza is a keeper!Jump to Recipe
My name is Sara and I love Brussels Sprouts. And I especially love this Spicy Brussels Sprout pizza.
I wish that I could say that I am unique when it comes to Brussels Sprouts. That I was that weird outlier kid who loved them and reached for them when they were being passed around the table at thanksgiving.
Or that I was the one who saw that they were poised to take over from Kale as the Next Big Thing. That I was on the front wave, and I’ve been serving people Brussels Sprouts and changing hearts and minds for the last 10 years.
None of that would be true though. I hated Brussels sprouts up until the last 6 years or so when a flip switched in my brain, and I realized that all you needed was to cook them right, and they would reward you with flavor.
If it's pizza you're after, try Elote Pizza. If you want to go a little fancy, try this Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Flatbread. And because it's a great pizza topping, check out Air Fryer Roasted Garlic.
Pizza Crust: you can make your own, or you can buy a premade crust from the grocery store. I generally make my own using a recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. The recipe makes two, so I use one and keep the other in the freezer.
Ricotta Cheese: The herby ricotta cheese is one of my favorite parts of this dish, and is what truly makes the pizza shine. If you don't like ricotta you could do an herbed olive oil sauce.
Hot Honey: The richness of the cheese and sprouts needs something to cut through it. If you don't like spicy, you can top the pizza with a balsamic glaze instead.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure you let your pizza dough come up to room temperature before rolling it out. If you're stretching the dough and it keeps shrinking back up, let it rest for 5-10 minutes and then try again.
- If you don't have a pizza pan, you can stretch the dough out on the underside of a sheet pan. Using the underside helps circulate air under the pie, which will result in a crispier crust. It's also easier to then get off the pan to cut.
- Let the pizza sit for a few minutes after removing from the oven to let the cheese set before slicing.
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How hot should your oven be to make a good pizza?
The answer is: VERY HOT. Preheat your oven to at LEAST 450. 500 is better. And let it pre-heat for at least 20 minutes before baking.
What tools do I need for baking the pizza:
You really only need something to bake it on. I like this pizza pan from Amazon. It's cheap, and it does a great job at giving me a crisp pizza crust.
Why is my crust soggy?
You either didn't cook the pizza long enough, or you overloaded the toppings. When it comes to pizza toppings, restraint is key. You don't need to load the toppings on to get a great flavor.
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Spicy Brussels Sprout Pizza
- 1 pre-made refrigerated pizza dough or make your own
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Hot honey
- Prepare pizza dough as directed on package (including pre-heating oven to whatever temperature is suggested)
- In a pan set over medium heat, add the olive oil and then saute the shredded Brussels Sprouts until softened and browned (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. Spread on pizza dough.
- Top the ricotta with the cooked brussels sprouts.
- Scatter the mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the Brussels Sprouts
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, checking periodically to pop any bubbles in the crust.
- Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes, drizzle with hot honey (to your spiciness liking level), cut and serve.