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Wood-Fired Spicy Tailgate Neapolitan Pizza with Cup N’ Crisp Pepperoni

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Elevate your tailgate experience with a Wood-Fired Spicy Tailgate Neapolitan Pizza featuring flavorful San Marzano tomatoes, gooey shredded mozzarella, savory Italian sausage, and crispy HORMEL® Pepperoni Cup N’ Crisp. Topped with sliced jalapeño peppers for an extra kick, this pizza is cooked to perfection in a blazing hot pizza oven, delivering a charred and crispy crust that’s sure to impress your fellow pizza fans.

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2 cups ‘00’ pizza flour or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
teaspoon instant yeast
¾ cup warm water
½ cup crushed canned tomatoes such as San Marzano, seasoned with salt, divided
8 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided
½ pound cooked bulk Italian sausage
1 (5-ounce) package HORMEL® Pepperoni Cup N’ Crisp, divided
Sliced jalapeno peppers


  1. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add water and stir to combine into rough dough. Cover bowl. Allow to rise at room temperature 12 hours.

  2. Divide dough in half. Transfer each piece to floured surface. Stretch and fold each piece, using flour to prevent sticking, to create 2 dough balls.

  3. Transfer each ball to floured bowl. Cover each bowl and allow to rise 45 minutes.

  1. Preheat pizza oven according to manufacturer’s instructions. Let pizza stone heat to 800°F, about 20 minutes.

  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 pizza dough ball into a 10 to 12-inch round. Transfer dough to floured metal pizza peel. Spread 2 tablespoons crushed tomatoes evenly on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border uncovered. Top with half the mozzarella, sausage and pepperoni. Add sliced jalapenos to taste.

  3. Using pizza peel, transfer pizza to the preheated pizza stone. Bake 1 to 3 minutes, rotating pizza with metal peel for even cooking, or until crust is charred and crisp and cheese is bubbly.

  4. Using the pizza peel, transfer the pizza to a cutting board. Cut into slices and serve immediately. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Makes 2 pizzas.