Spicy Basil, Sausage, and Goat-Cheese Pizza with Grain-Free Crust and Herbed Olive Oil Drizzle


Is goat cheese trendy right now? I think its trendy right now. It seems to be popping up on menus everywhere, and to be honest, I'm not hating it. Not even a little. And by not hating it, I actually mean that I am loving it.

Goat cheese, technically, is not paleo because it is dairy. However, many who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy can handle goat cheese. This is because goat cheese, when broken down in your gut, has shorter protein chains. This means that the enzymes that break down dairy don't have as much work to do, and break down goat cheese more efficiently. See! Now your world suddenly makes sense. It is all coming together.

And now that we know this, I would like to introduce to my new best food friend: The Grain-Free,  Oven-Roasted, Goat Cheese, Spicy-Sausage, Basil, Red Pepper, Shallot, Garlic, Olive Oil, and Shiitake Mushroom Pizza. This original recipe name is a total mouthful (understatement of the year, plus I am totally punny), so I kind of shortened it. Honestly, this new title is really not much better. If you would like to rename this recipe, please do so. And then let me know.

This pizza I made 4 times, yes 4 times, before I actually had the self-control to sit down and take a picture instead of it instead of eat it right away. Even then, I feel as though my pictures are not the best because I rushed through them so I could eat this pizza immediately after.

What does that mean for you? If you try out any of my recipes this week, make sure it is this one. Really. You won't be sorry, not even a little bit. (Hint: double the recipe so you'll have leftovers for lunch.)

Some cook's notes:

  • This crust recipe is absolutely delicious, but a little finicky. Even adding an extra teaspoon of water can make the crust too sticky. If this happens add additional tapioca starch in small amounts until it thickens.
  • I use store-bought pizza sauce; however, feel free to make your own. For me, pizza sauce is one of those things I would rather buy to save time, as long as it is high quality with no added sugar.
  • I adore the spices in traditional spicy pizza sausage, when I always source from my butcher. However, traditional sausage could be used with the addition of pizza spices, or a non-spicy pizza sausage is always an alternative if spiciness isn't your thing.

spicy basil, sausage, and goat-cheese pizza with grain-free crust and herbed olive oil drizzle

Makes 1 medium sized pizza

  • 1 recipe South of Vanilla's grain-free pizza crust
  • 1 cup of your favorite paleo pizza sauce
  • 1/4 shallot, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced or sliced into matchsticks
  • 6 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/2 lb. spicy pizza sausage
  • 1 heirloom tomato, sliced
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  1. Prepare paleo pizza crust, following directions 1-5 listed.
  2. Preheat over to 375 degrees F.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, roll out pizza crust onto parchment paper.
  4. In a frying pan, brown sausage until cooked approximately half way through. Set aside.
  5. Top crust with sauce. Add partially cooked sausage, mushrooms, shallots, red pepper, and heirloom tomato slices.
  6. Crumble goat cheese onto pizza and add basil.
  7. Place in oven on middle rack and bake for approximately 17 minutes, watching closely near the end so edges do not burn but are still crispy.
  8. While pizza is cooking, place olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, and onion power in a small bowl. Whisk so well incorporated.
  9. Once pizza has cooked, remove from oven, and drizzle herbed olive oil over pizza. Let cool before serving.