Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Buffalo Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

July 21, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a Buffalo Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza. To make this week’s recipe some of the Ingredients you’ll be needing are Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage, Basil Pesto, Pizza Sauce, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, fresh Mozzarella, Flour, Cornmeal, and more! Also included are recipes for Pizza Dough, Basil Pesto, and the Caramelized Onions. Love these Pizza Nights! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Italian Buffalo Sausage and Mushroom Pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza? And good pizza is well – irresistible. This will require a little bit of time, but all the steps are super easy. Although I attempted my own pizza sauce, it just was not as good (and I tried many) as my favorite purchased brand, Mezzetti, which has a deep richness that I could not duplicate. For best results apply your toppings evenly and not too heavily. Baking the pizza can be done in a variety of ovens and the timelines for those are noted at the end of the recipe. (Makes 3 medium or 6 small pizza)
Ingredients:

* 1 – 1 lb. Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage
* 1 – recipe, pizza crust
* ½ – cup basil pesto
* 1 – cup pizza sauce *Mezzetti
* 1 ½ – cups mushrooms, sliced
* ¾ – cup caramelized onions
* 12 – ounces fresh mozzarella or substitute chevre with fennel pollen
* 9 – ounces parmesan, grated
* salt, pepper & chili flake to taste
* flour and cornmeal

Preparation:

1 -Prepare pizza dough per instructions below. Lightly flour work surface and your hands. Stretch and hold dough with one hand and form a fist with the other and place under the dough. Place on peel, baking sheet, or pizza stone that has been generously covered with flour or corn meal. Adjust shape with hands by stretching or scrunching dough into place.
2 – In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and crumble Buffalo Italian Sausage into pan. Lightly brown and stir occasionally breaking up sausage to desired pieces, about 4 minutes.
3 – Spread pizzas with basil pesto, followed by the pizza sauce.
4 – Top each pizza with desired amount of sliced mushrooms, caramelized onions, Buffalo Italian Sausage, mozzarella or chèvre, and parmesan cheese.
5 – Baking:
Outdoor Brick Ovens: Have heat at about 700°. Slide pizza off peel and bake in oven for about 4 minutes, rotating once or twice while baking.
* Indoor convection ovens: Place oven rack to lower level and preheat oven to as high as heat will go, 500° to 550°. Bake on pizza stone or baking sheet for 8 to 12 minutes depending on your heat.
* Gas Grill: Line gas grill rack low to flames with bricks and place bricks on upper grill rack if you have one. Place pizza stone on top of bricks (good old fashioned red bricks work great). Turn all burners to high heat and allow the grill to get very hot, so bricks are heated through, about 30 minutes. The bricks will help in retaining the heat and offer a more even cooking distribution. Slide pizza off of peel onto pizza stone and close grill lid. Bake, turning once for about 6 minutes.
* Remove pizza from oven or grill and place on a cutting board. Allow the pizza to rest for a few minutes before cutting. Season with chili flake as desired.

Pizza Dough (makes 3 medium or 6 large crusts) *Credit to Peter Reinhart.
This is fabulous dough! If not used for pizza it makes a great flatbread, brushed with a little pesto prior to baking.

Ingredients:

* 4½ – cups high protein flour (I used half Kernza whole grain flour & half organic bread flour)
* 1¾ – teaspoon salt
* 1 – teaspoon quick yeast
* 2 – tablespoons olive oil
* 1¾ – cup water, very cold

Preparation: In mixing bowl using a dough hook, sift flour, salt and yeast together. Add olive oil and water, scraping down sides as needed. Continue to mix for 6 minutes, stopping every two minutes to remove dough from the hook. Dust hands with flour and remove dough from mixer and place on flour dusted work surface. Knead dough for 1 to 2 minutes. Dough should spring back from touch. Divide into desired sizes and form into balls. Brush dough lightly with oil, place on lightly oiled baking sheet and cover loosely with saran or a plastic bag. Refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 3 days. Remove from refrigeration and allow to rest at room temperature for 4 hours. Proceed to Pizza instructions. *Dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Basil Pesto
*I am not a ground pine nut fan, but if you are, add ¼ cup to ingredients.

Ingredients:

* 2 – cups fresh basil leaves, packed
* 2 – cups shredded parmesan cheese
* 3 – garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 – tsp. salt
* 1 – tsp. pepper (I like a little more)
* 2 – Tb. lemon juice
* 1 – cup olive oil

Preparation: Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate.

Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:
* 1 – tablespoon butter
* 1 – tablespoon olive oil
* 2 – cups onions, diced
* 1 – tablespoons sugar+
* 1 – teaspoon balsamic vinegar
* season with salt and pepper
Preparation: Heat butter and oil in sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally. Cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
http://wildideabuffalo.com/2014/buffalo-italian-sausage-mushroom-pizza/

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO ITALIAN SAUSAGE PIADINA

June 23, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a BUFFALO ITALIAN SAUSAGE PIADINA. To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Yeast, Flour, Olive Oil, Sliced Mozzarella, Mushrooms, Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Grated Parmesan Cheese and more! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO ITALIAN SAUSAGE PIADINA

Piadina is an Italian flatbread that is delicious by itself or used in place of bread to make a sandwich or pizza. The dough is wonderful to work with and the aroma when it cooks will bring volunteer taste testers to your door. It’s great for making ahead of time for easy entertaining or casual family meals. Simply prepare your crust in advance, have toppings ready to go and have your guests create their own!

(Serves 8 )
Piadina Dough

Ingredients:

1 pkg. quick yeast
½ cup warm water
½ cup flour
3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Buffalo Piadina Toppings:

8 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 portabella mushroom, sliced
1 lb. Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage, coarse crumbled and sautéed
4 Roma Tomatoes, sliced, sprinkle with salt & pepper
1 cup fresh basil, julienned
4 oz. parmesan, grated + more for passing

Directions

1 – Mix yeast, water and ½ cup flour together.
2 – Cover and let rest for 20 minutes. Mixture will be double in size and bubble.
3 – Add remaining flour, salt, water and olive oil, knead together for 5 minutes.
4 – Place in lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow dough to double in size. About 2 hours.
5 – Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll out on a lightly floured surface into 8 inch circles.
6 – Place grill tiles or bricks on grill grates and turn heat to 400*.
7 – Place rolled dough on tiles and grill for 1 minute each side, or until dough has puffed slightly and become lightly browned. Keep grill lid closed during cooking.
8 – Place crust on pizza stone or make individual pans of foiled parchment and top with favorite toppings. Keep toppings in balance so all flavors are equally represented.
9 – Return prepared pizza to 400* grill. Close lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
* Remove from grill. Cut each pizza into 4. Serve with green salad for a complete meal.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/93472961-buffalo-italian-sausage-piadina

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Buffalo Lasagna WEDNESDAY

December 23, 2020 at 6:03 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – Buffalo Lasagna. Here’s a recipe that will take your Lasagna to a higher level! Lasagna using Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage. I made Italian Buffalo Meatballs using the Buffalo Italian Sausage, delicious! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO LASAGNA
This is my quick version of Lasagna. It’s a bit lighter than my traditional recipe and a good go-to dish to prepare in advance for a quick heat and eat meal at the end of a busy day.
(serves 6)

Ingredients:

1 – Batch Buffalo Meat Sauce
1 – pkg. no boil lasagna sheets
1 – lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced
8oz. – parmesan, grated
* optional roasted zucchini

Buffalo Meat Sauce Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 – pound Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage
1 – onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoon dried crushed fennel
½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 – cup red wine
1 quart crushed tomatoes, (rinse jar with 1 cup water)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preparation of Sauce:

1 – Heat olive oil in heavy sauce pan over medium high heat.
2 – Coarsely crumble in Buffalo Italian Sausage and stir once.
3 – Add onion, garlic and dried spices. Stir to incorporate. Continue to cook until sausage is lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
4 – Add red wine and stir.
5 – Add remaining ingredients. Let ingredients come to full heat, stirring occasionally.
6 – Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until desired thickness is achieved. Stir occasionally.
7 – Season to taste.
Assembly:

1 – Lightly oil lasagna pan or casserole dish.
2 – Cover bottom of pan with one cup meat sauce.
3 – Layer with lasagna sheets, meat sauce, and mozzarella. (Roasted zucchini may be added to layers if you choose.)
4 – Repeat layers 2 to 3 times based on pan size, ending with a thin layer of meat sauce on top.
5 – Cover with foil and bake at 375* for 45 minutes or until bubbly.
6 – Cover top with grated Parmesan and allow to melt or lightly brown.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/93462721-lasagna

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo 1 LB. ITALIAN SAUSAGE

What do you get when you cross a bison and Italian spices? A way to indulge in a fantastic Italian Sausage, with fewer consequences. Tasting straight from the corner meat shop, it creates a healthier form of Italian dishes, without sacrificing a bit of flavor. Once you’ve tried it will be a staple in your house!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/brats-sausages-hot-dogs/products/1-lb-italian-sausage

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Italian Buffalo Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

November 11, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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I love Pizza, And this week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is Buffalo Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza. It’s made with Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage. Included are the recipes for the Pizza, Pizza Dough, Basil Pesto, and Caramelized Onions. It’s another great recipe from Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wide Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Italian Buffalo Sausage and Mushroom Pizza (3 medium or 6 small pizza)
Who doesn’t love pizza? And good pizza is well – irresistible. This will require a little bit of time, but all the steps are super easy. Although I attempted my own pizza sauce, it just was not as good (and I tried many) as my favorite purchased brand, Mezzetti, which has a deep richness that I could not duplicate. For best results apply your toppings evenly and not too heavily. Baking the pizza can be done in a variety of ovens and the timelines for those are noted at the end of the recipe.

Ingredients:
* 1 – 1 lb. Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage
* 1 – recipe, pizza crust
* ½ – cup basil pesto
* 1 – cup pizza sauce *Mezzetti
* 1 ½ – cups mushrooms, sliced
* ¾ – cup caramelized onions
* 12 – ounces fresh mozzarella or substitute chevre with fennel pollen
* 9 – ounces parmesan, grated
* salt, pepper & chili flake to taste
* flour and cornmeal

Preparation:
1 -Prepare pizza dough per instructions below. Lightly flour work surface and your hands. Stretch and hold dough with one hand and form a fist with the other and place under the dough. Place on peel, baking sheet, or pizza stone that has been generously covered with flour or corn meal. Adjust shape with hands by stretching or scrunching dough into place.
2 – In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and crumble Buffalo Italian Sausage into pan. Lightly brown and stir occasionally breaking up sausage to desired pieces, about 4 minutes.
3 – Spread pizzas with basil pesto, followed by the pizza sauce.
4 – Top each pizza with desired amount of sliced mushrooms, caramelized onions, Buffalo Italian Sausage, mozzarella or chèvre, and parmesan cheese.
5 – Baking:
Outdoor Brick Ovens: Have heat at about 700°. Slide pizza off peel and bake in oven for about 4 minutes, rotating once or twice while baking.
* Indoor convection ovens: Place oven rack to lower level and preheat oven to as high as heat will go, 500° to 550°. Bake on pizza stone or baking sheet for 8 to 12 minutes depending on your heat.
* Gas Grill: Line gas grill rack low to flames with bricks and place bricks on upper grill rack if you have one. Place pizza stone on top of bricks (good old fashioned red bricks work great). Turn all burners to high heat and allow the grill to get very hot, so bricks are heated through, about 30 minutes. The bricks will help in retaining the heat and offer a more even cooking distribution. Slide pizza off of peel onto pizza stone and close grill lid. Bake, turning once for about 6 minutes.
* Remove pizza from oven or grill and place on a cutting board. Allow the pizza to rest for a few minutes before cutting. Season with chili flake as desired.

Pizza Dough (makes 3 medium or 6 large crusts) *Credit to Peter Reinhart.
This is fabulous dough! If not used for pizza it makes a great flatbread, brushed with a little pesto prior to baking.

Ingredients:
* 4½ – cups high protein flour (I used half Kernza whole grain flour & half organic bread flour)
* 1¾ – teaspoon salt
* 1 – teaspoon quick yeast
* 2 – tablespoons olive oil
* 1¾ – cup water, very cold
Preparation: In mixing bowl using a dough hook, sift flour, salt and yeast together. Add olive oil and water, scraping down sides as needed. Continue to mix for 6 minutes, stopping every two minutes to remove dough from the hook. Dust hands with flour and remove dough from mixer and place on flour dusted work surface. Knead dough for 1 to 2 minutes. Dough should spring back from touch. Divide into desired sizes and form into balls. Brush dough lightly with oil, place on lightly oiled baking sheet and cover loosely with saran or a plastic bag. Refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 3 days. Remove from refrigeration and allow to rest at room temperature for 4 hours. Proceed to Pizza instructions. *Dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Basil Pesto
*I am not a ground pine nut fan, but if you are, add ¼ cup to ingredients.

Ingredients:
* 2 – cups fresh basil leaves, packed
* 2 – cups shredded parmesan cheese
* 3 – garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 – tsp. salt
* 1 – tsp. pepper (I like a little more)
* 2 – Tb. lemon juice
* 1 – cup olive oil
Preparation: Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate.

Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:
* 1 – tablespoon butter
* 1 – tablespoon olive oil
* 2 – cups onions, diced
* 1 – tablespoons sugar+
* 1 – teaspoon balsamic vinegar
* season with salt and pepper
Preparation: Heat butter and oil in sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally. Cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/55992577-buffalo-italian-sausage-mushroom-pizza

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – PASTA ALLA CARRETTIERA WITH ITALIAN BUFFALO MEATBALLS WEDNESDAY

October 21, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | 1 Comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a PASTA ALLA CARRETTIERA WITH ITALIAN BUFFALO MEATBALLS. Pasta with Buffalo Meatballs which are made using the Wild Idea Buffalo – Italian Buffalo Sausage. For the Pasta you could use Casarecce Pasta, Porcini Pasta, or thick Spaghetti. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wide Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

PASTA ALLA CARRETTIERA WITH ITALIAN BUFFALO MEATBALLS
This dish is named after the people who drove food and wine carts in Italy. It is a slightly spicy red sauce, with garlic and basil, and is typically served over a thicker style of pasta. My favorite rendition of this dish also had hints of parsley and mint, which made for lingering, memorable flavors. After a little research, and substituting a few of the more difficult to find ingredients with like alternatives, I thought I might be able to come close to duplicating it. The only thing missing was Wild Idea’s artisan, Italian Buffalo Sausage, and I knew just where to go for that. This simple dish is packed with flavor and very easy to prepare. The perfect solution, for a stress free, delicious dinner! (Serves 4)

Ingredients:
1 – 1 lb. Italian Buffalo Sausage
3 – tablespoons olive oil
3 – cloves garlic, about 1 tablespoon
½ – teaspoon chili flake, or pepperoncino (dried Italian chili pepper)
½ – cup basil, finely chopped
2 – tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 – tablespoon mint, finely chopped
1 – 28 ounce can whole *San Marzano Tomatoes, flash processed, *they’re the best
1 – teaspoon salt
2 – teaspoons sugar
1 – lemon, juiced, about ¼ cup
1 – cup freshly grated, Parmigiano Reggiano, or Porcini cheese
1 – 12 ounce box of Casarecce pasta, Pici pasta, or thick Spaghetti, cooked el dente, reserve 1 cup pasta water

Preparation:
1) Divide Wild Idea Italian Buffalo sausage into 24 pieces and roll into meatballs. Pour one of the tablespoons of olive oil on a baking sheet and roll the meatballs in the oil. Cover and set-aside until you are ready to broil.
2) In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the remaining tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic, and toss or stir regularly, until tender, about 3 minutes.
3) Add the basil, parsley, and half of the mint to the pan. Sauté and stir for 1 minute.
4) Add the tomatoes, salt, sugar and lemon juice and stir to incorporate. Bring to a gentle boil, cook for 5 minutes and then add the remaining mint. *Sauce can be made ahead and reheated.
5) During step 4, or right before serving, place the prepped bison meatballs on the second rack from the top of a preheated broiler, and broil the meat balls for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned.
6) Simultaneously bring the reserved pasta water to a boil. Add the prepared pasta, and toss to reheat.
7) Drain pasta, transfer to a bowl and add ½ cup of the grated cheese. Toss to incorporate.
8) Place desired amounts of pasta on to plates and cover with ¾ cup or desired amount of sauce. Serve with the hot Italian Bison meatballs and garnish with remaining grated cheese and additional fresh herbs. Delizioso!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/55157697-pasta-alla-carrettiera-with-italian-buffalo-meatballs

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo ITALIAN SAUSAGE 1 LB.

What do you get when you cross a bison and Italian spices? A way to indulge in a fantastic Italian Sausage, with fewer consequences. Tasting straight from the corner meat shop, it creates a healthier form of Italian dishes, without sacrificing a bit of flavor. Once you’ve tried it will be a staple in your house!
Ground sausage, not in links.

1 lb. package.

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, Organic Spices: {Black Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Fennel Seeds, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Paprika} Red Wine Vinegar, Salt, Water.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/brats-sausages-hot-dogs/products/1-lb-italian-sausage

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – DEEP DISH RUSTIC BUFFALO PIZZA

January 15, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a DEEP DISH RUSTIC BUFFALO PIZZA. Deep Dish Pizza like you’ve never had! Made using Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage, Spinach Leaves, Eggs, Cloves, Red Bell Peppers, Jarred Roasted Red Peppers, Jarred Sun -Dried Tomatoes, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Provolone Cheese, and Salt and Pepper. The recipe also includes a recipe for the Pizza Crust. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

DEEP DISH RUSTIC BUFFALO PIZZA
Buffalo Rustic Pizza serves 8 to 12
This is an adaptation of a recipe from a gourmet magazine, from years ago.

Ingredients: Prep ingredients before making crust.

1 lb. Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage

2 lbs. spinach leaves, washed

4 eggs

15 oz. ricotta cheese

2 garlic cloves, minced

5 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped

or 24 oz. jarred roasted red peppers, coarsely chopped

8.5 oz. jarred sun-dried tomatoes, flash processed

2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated

8oz. provolone cheese, sliced

salt and pepper

Dough Ingredients:

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons sugar

1 cup cold salted butter, sliced

4 eggs, lightly beaten

 

Instructions:

1.) Brown meat in heavy large skillet over medium high heat. Remove sausage from pan leaving a little fat in skillet. Cover sausage and set aside.

2.) In same skillet, over medium heat, add half of the spinach, cover, but toss occasionally until all leaves are wilted. Place wilted spinach in colander and repeat same step with remaining half of spinach.

3.) Press spinach with back of spoon in colander to push out water. Season spinach with a pinch of salt and pepper.

4.) In bowl, mix eggs, then add ricotta and garlic. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

5.) In mixing bowl, using a pastry hook, mix together dough ingredients in order listed. Mix until incorporated.

6.) Form dough into a ball and removing 1/3 of dough. Roll 2/3 of dough out on floured parchment paper or plastic wrap, forming large 16” circle. Roll out remaining dough in the same fashion into a 10” circle.

7.) Remove paper from top of dough and slide your hand under the bottom paper. Gently flip dough into a 9” spring-form pan. Press dough down lightly into pan and up pan sides.

8.) In this order, layer your ingredients inside dough; half of spinach, half of ricotta mixture, all of the red bell peppers, half of parmesan, all Buffalo Italian Sausage, all provolone, all sun-dried tomatoes, remaining spinach, remaining ricotta and remaining parmesan.

9.) Remove paper from top of remaining dough and slide your hand under the bottom paper. Gently flip the dough onto the top of the pie. Pinch dough seams together, using a little water if necessary.

10.) Place foil around pan to avoid any dripping from pan. Bake in 375* preheated oven, for 1½ hours. Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/93348097-deep-dish-rustic-buffalo-pizza

 

Wild Idea Buffalo – ITALIAN SAUSAGE
What do you get when you cross a bison and Italian spices? A way to indulge in a fantastic Italian Sausage, with fewer consequences. Tasting straight from the corner meat shop, it creates a healthier form of Italian dishes, without sacrificing a bit of flavor. Once you’ve tried it will be a staple in your house!

Ground sausage, not in links.

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, Organic Spices: {Black Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Fennel Seeds, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Paprika} Red Wine Vinegar, Salt, Water.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/brats-sausages-hot-dogs/products/1-lb-italian-sausage

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Italian Buffalo Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

October 23, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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I love Pizza, And this week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is Buffalo Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza. It’s made with Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage. Included are the recipes for the Pizza, Pizza Dough, Basil Pesto, and Caramelized Onions. It’s another great recipe from Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo. You can find this recipe or purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Italian Buffalo Sausage and Mushroom Pizza (3 medium or 6 small pizza)
Who doesn’t love pizza? And good pizza is well – irresistible. This will require a little bit of time, but all the steps are super easy. Although I attempted my own pizza sauce, it just was not as good (and I tried many) as my favorite purchased brand, Mezzetti, which has a deep richness that I could not duplicate. For best results apply your toppings evenly and not too heavily. Baking the pizza can be done in a variety of ovens and the timelines for those are noted at the end of the recipe.

Ingredients:
* 1 – 1 lb. Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage
* 1 – recipe, pizza crust
* ½ – cup basil pesto
* 1 – cup pizza sauce *Mezzetti
* 1 ½ – cups mushrooms, sliced
* ¾ – cup caramelized onions
* 12 – ounces fresh mozzarella or substitute chevre with fennel pollen
* 9 – ounces parmesan, grated
* salt, pepper & chili flake to taste
* flour and cornmeal

Preparation:
1 -Prepare pizza dough per instructions below. Lightly flour work surface and your hands. Stretch and hold dough with one hand and form a fist with the other and place under the dough. Place on peel, baking sheet, or pizza stone that has been generously covered with flour or corn meal. Adjust shape with hands by stretching or scrunching dough into place.
2 – In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and crumble Buffalo Italian Sausage into pan. Lightly brown and stir occasionally breaking up sausage to desired pieces, about 4 minutes.
3 – Spread pizzas with basil pesto, followed by the pizza sauce.
4 – Top each pizza with desired amount of sliced mushrooms, caramelized onions, Buffalo Italian Sausage, mozzarella or chèvre, and parmesan cheese.
5 – Baking:
Outdoor Brick Ovens: Have heat at about 700°. Slide pizza off peel and bake in oven for about 4 minutes, rotating once or twice while baking.
* Indoor convection ovens: Place oven rack to lower level and preheat oven to as high as heat will go, 500° to 550°. Bake on pizza stone or baking sheet for 8 to 12 minutes depending on your heat.
* Gas Grill: Line gas grill rack low to flames with bricks and place bricks on upper grill rack if you have one. Place pizza stone on top of bricks (good old fashioned red bricks work great). Turn all burners to high heat and allow the grill to get very hot, so bricks are heated through, about 30 minutes. The bricks will help in retaining the heat and offer a more even cooking distribution. Slide pizza off of peel onto pizza stone and close grill lid. Bake, turning once for about 6 minutes.
* Remove pizza from oven or grill and place on a cutting board. Allow the pizza to rest for a few minutes before cutting. Season with chili flake as desired.

Pizza Dough (makes 3 medium or 6 large crusts) *Credit to Peter Reinhart.
This is fabulous dough! If not used for pizza it makes a great flatbread, brushed with a little pesto prior to baking.

Ingredients:
* 4½ – cups high protein flour (I used half Kernza whole grain flour & half organic bread flour)
* 1¾ – teaspoon salt
* 1 – teaspoon quick yeast
* 2 – tablespoons olive oil
* 1¾ – cup water, very cold
Preparation: In mixing bowl using a dough hook, sift flour, salt and yeast together. Add olive oil and water, scraping down sides as needed. Continue to mix for 6 minutes, stopping every two minutes to remove dough from the hook. Dust hands with flour and remove dough from mixer and place on flour dusted work surface. Knead dough for 1 to 2 minutes. Dough should spring back from touch. Divide into desired sizes and form into balls. Brush dough lightly with oil, place on lightly oiled baking sheet and cover loosely with saran or a plastic bag. Refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 3 days. Remove from refrigeration and allow to rest at room temperature for 4 hours. Proceed to Pizza instructions. *Dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Basil Pesto
*I am not a ground pine nut fan, but if you are, add ¼ cup to ingredients.

Ingredients:
* 2 – cups fresh basil leaves, packed
* 2 – cups shredded parmesan cheese
* 3 – garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 – tsp. salt
* 1 – tsp. pepper (I like a little more)
* 2 – Tb. lemon juice
* 1 – cup olive oil
Preparation: Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate.

Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:
* 1 – tablespoon butter
* 1 – tablespoon olive oil
* 2 – cups onions, diced
* 1 – tablespoons sugar+
* 1 – teaspoon balsamic vinegar
* season with salt and pepper
Preparation: Heat butter and oil in sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally. Cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
http://wildideabuffalo.com/2014/buffalo-italian-sausage-mushroom-pizza/

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO ITALIAN SAUSAGE PIADINA

July 31, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is Buffalo Italian Sausage Piadina. An Italian Flat Bread that’s topped with Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

 

 

BUFFALO ITALIAN SAUSAGE PIADINA

Piadina is Italian Flat bread that is delicious by itself or used in replace of bread to make a sandwich or as a crust for pizza. The dough is wonderful to work with and the aroma will bring volunteer taste testers to your door. Great for easy entertaining, just prepare your crust, have toppings ready and have guests build their own!

(Serves 8 )
Piadina Dough Ingredients:Buffalo Italian Sausage Piadina

1 pkg. quick yeast
½ cup warm water
½ cup flour
3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Buffalo Piadina Toppings:

8 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 portabella mushroom, sliced
1 lb. Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage, coarse crumbled and sautéed
4 Roma Tomatoes, sliced, sprinkle with salt & pepper
1 cup fresh basil, julienned
4 oz. parmesan, grated + more for passing

1 – Mix yeast, water and ½ cup flour together.
2 – Cover and let rest for 20 minutes. Mixture will be double in size and bubble.buffalo-italian-sausage-piadina-ingredients
3 – Add remaining flour, salt, water and olive oil, knead together for 5 minutes.
4 – Place in lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow dough to double in size. About 2 hours.
5 – Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll out on a lightly floured surface into 8 inch circles.
6 – Place grill tiles or bricks on grill grates and turn heat to 400*.
7 – Place rolled dough on tiles and grill for 1 minute each side, or until dough has puffed slightly and become lightly browned. Keep grill lid closed during cooking.
8 – Place crust on pizza stone or make individual pans of foiled parchment and top with favorite toppings. Keep toppings in balance so all flavors are equally represented.
9 – Return prepared pizza to 400* grill. Close lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
* Remove from grill. Cut each pizza into 4. Serve with green salad for a complete meal.
http://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/93472961-buffalo-italian-sausage-piadina

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – LASAGNA

May 15, 2019 at 6:03 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – LASAGNA. Here’s a recipe that will take your Lasagna to a higher level! Lasagna using Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage. I made Italian Buffalo Meatballs using the Buffalo Italian Sausage, delicious! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

LASAGNA
This month’s recipe is for Italian Buffalo Sausage Lasagna. It’s a great dish to prepare in advance, to have for days that run too short, or when you are just too tired. There is something about a hot meal at the end of a long day that is so rewarding. A gift really, that says thank you.

(serves 4 to 6)

Ingredients:

1 – Batch Buffalo Meat Sauce
1 – pkg. no boil lasagna sheets
1 – lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced
8oz. – parmesan, grated
* optional roasted zucchini

Buffalo Meat Sauce Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 – pound Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage
1 – onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoon dried crushed fennel
½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 – cup red wine
1 quart crushed tomatoes, (rinse jar with 1 cup water)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preparation of Sauce:

1 – Heat olive oil in heavy sauce pan over medium high heat.
2 – Coarsely crumble in Buffalo Italian Sausage and stir once.
3 – Add onion, garlic and dried spices. Stir to incorporate. Continue to cook until sausage is lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
4 – Add red wine and stir.
5 – Add remaining ingredients. Let ingredients come to full heat, stirring occasionally.
6 – Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until desired thickness is achieved. Stir occasionally.
7 – Season to taste.
Assembly:

1 – Lightly oil lasagna pan or casserole dish.
2 – Cover bottom of pan with one cup meat sauce.
3 – Layer with lasagna sheets, meat sauce, and mozzarella. (Roasted zucchini may be added to layers if you choose.)
4 – Repeat layers 2 to 3 times based on pan size, ending with a thin layer of meat sauce on top.
5 – Cover with foil and bake at 375* for 45 minutes or until bubbly.
6 – Cover top with grated Parmesan and allow to melt or lightly brown.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/93462721-lasagna

 

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo 1 LB. ITALIAN SAUSAGE

What do you get when you cross a bison and Italian spices? A way to indulge in a fantastic Italian Sausage, with fewer consequences. Tasting straight from the corner meat shop, it creates a healthier form of Italian dishes, without sacrificing a bit of flavor. Once you’ve tried it will be a staple in your house!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/products/1-lb-italian-sausage

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – SAUSAGE STUFFED RAVIOLI

May 1, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – SAUSAGE STUFFED RAVIOLI. Made using Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with Cremini Mushrooms, Pecorino Romano or Parmesano Reggiano Cheese, Cream, and Green Onions. A Recipe sure to please all! You can find this recipe at Wild Idea Buffalo website where you can also purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products. Well Enjoy the recipe and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

SAUSAGE STUFFED RAVIOLI
A month ago I had the privilege of spending a couple of weeks in Italy. One of my favorite pasta dishes while I was there was a sausage and mushroom stuffed ravioli with sage butter. After about two weeks of being home I gave into my cravings and gave making homemade pasta another try. I won’t lie, it is a little tricky, but once you have the hang of it, it gets a little easier. The end result wasn’t as perfect as what I was served, but it was delicious and my family loved it. Note, I made a smaller batch, which made about 50 ravioli’s, but the recipe could easily be doubled. And, if made ahead it would be great for a crowd (but, I wouldn’t make it and have company on the same day).

Sausage Filling:
½ – pound Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage
8 – ounces cremini mushrooms, stemmed and coarse chopped
1 – cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesano Reggiano cheese
2 – tablespoons cream
4 – green onions, coarse chopped
2 – teaspoons olive oil
2 – teaspoons butter
1 – teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

1 – In a sauté pan over medium high heat, add olive oil and butter.
2 – Add mushrooms and sauté for about 5 minutes.
3 – Crumble the Buffalo Sausage into the pan and stir into the mushrooms. Sauté until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
4 – Remove the pan from heat and transfer the sausage to a food processor along with the cream. Pulse process until the mixture is incorporated.
5 – Add the cheese and pulse process again until incorporated.
6 – Scrape down the sides and along the bottom to incorporate any missed pieces and add the green onions. Flash process, leaving bits of green visible.
7 – Remove the blade and cover until you are ready to use. You can also make this ahead and refrigerate for a later use.
Pasta Dough:
1 – cup semolina flour *I blended this flour in my smoothie blender to make a little more fine.
1 – cup high protein flour or all-purpose flour +
1 – teaspoon salt
3 – eggs, beaten
1 – tablespoon olive oil +
1 – egg white, beaten

Salt for pasta water
Sage leaves and lemon wedges for garnish

Preparation:

1 – Place flour and salt in a mixing bowl and stir.
2 – Create an impression in the center of the flour and add the eggs and oil.
3 – Using a dough hook, mix the ingredients together. If too stiff, add a little cold water. Cover your mixer with a dishtowel to avoid flying dough.
4 – Scrape the dough off of the hook occassionally and continue to beat the dough for an additional 6 minutes on low to medium low speed.
5 – Remove the dough and place on a floured surface. Knead the dough a few times by hand and shape into a ball. Rub with a little oil and cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
6 – Cut your dough into manageable pieces. I cut mine into 8 pieces.
7 – Press each piece into a rectangular shape with your hand, before running it through a pasta machine or rolling it out by hand.
8 – Set your pasta machine to 2, so the dough will easily pass through, yet flatten out on the first time through. Reset the dial to 5 and send the flattened pieces through again, catching the sheets with your hand as it comes through the pasta machine and pulling it forward. The dough will be very fragile.
9 – Lay your pasta strips on a lightly floured surface.
Assembly Preparation:

* Starting half an inch form the end of a pasta strip place half a tablespoon of filling (or desired amount). Continue down the sheet every inch on half of the pasta sheets.
* Brush the egg whites between the sausage fillings.
* Place another sheet on top of the sausage-covered sheets and press down in between the fillings.
* Cut in between the fillings with a knife and seal the edges together with a fork. *At this point you can cover the ravioli’s, refrigerate and cook at a later time.
* Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt as the water starts to bubble (it’s an Italian thing).
* Drop Ravioli’s into the pot, adding only as many as the pot will hold without crowding them. I did about 10 at a time. Boil for two minutes and remove with slotted spoon and place on a platter. Repeat until finished.
* To Serve: Place 4 to 5 Ravioli’s on each plate, and drizzle with Sage Butter. Garnish with fried sage leaves, slivers of cheese, and lemon.

* Sage Butter: In a saucepan over medium heat, add 1 – stick salted butter and 2 small bundles of fresh sage leaves or about 1/3 cup fresh sage leaves. Allow butter and leaves to simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat if needed. Remove butter from heat until needed. Remove leaves and drizzle over the pasta.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/sausage-stuffed-ravioli

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