{ harissa pizza with north african sausage + yogurt dipping sauce }

{ harissa pizza with north african sausage + yogurt dipping sauce }

harissa pizza with north african sausage


yogurt dipping sauce

{ sausage and sauces }

Don’t panic. This looks like a lot of work, but it’s not. Everything can be made ahead and each item in itself doesn’t take long to throw together. Additionally, many of the ingredients overlap, so you’re not buying as much as it looks like you need to. AND, lastly, there are actually several meals in here: North African Burgers, Pizza and Leftovers. You’re welcome.

So, let’s focus a beat. Let’s talk about gifts before we start playing with yeast. First, I still haven’t bought anything. For fact. Not sweating it either. Not sure what that’s about, but I’m keeping the faith that it will all happen…somehow. I’ve had different holiday gift-buying phases thought the years…usually dependent on geography. When I lived in southern California, I would meet my cousin Kelly (#iambubbie) at South Coast Plaza after work and we would shop until the stores closed at midnight. We’d have a long dinner with too much wine, which would in turn make me spend wayyy to much money. Good times. When I moved to Beijing, it was more binge shopping. The day was spent hopping around the city from the best English-language bookstore in the CBD, to the hutongs for clothes, matches and crap, and finally the markets for knock-off (or hot) electronic merch for the kids. I wouldn’t mind some of that shopping right now. I like binge shopping…it suits me. I haven’t quite worked out my living-in-the-sticks, binge-shopping ways. I’ll let you know once it’s sorted.

To make your gift buying a little easier, I wanted to share some of my favorite things…that I either have or want. Hint. You’ll see I’m a simple girl…

{ G I F T S }

This apron. That’s all I’m saying.

Because 350 days out of the year it’s not ok to drink whisky before noon. Sigh. That’s just the world we live in. This should tie us over in the wee morning hours. PS If you want to know the way to my heart, show up with a bottle of Pappy and a really fun mood. Done.

This book and this book. Both beautiful books about food.

A couple of my favorite cookbooks this year: Cookie Love, Bouchon Bakery and Seven Spoons. This cookbook makes me want to be a better person. Everything in it is pious + delicious.

Total stocking stuffer material, but these NEST products. My scent: Moroccan Amber. It’s…to die for.

Hatchery…any of their stuff or a box subscription would be a baller gift.

Polder’s Old World Market. I’ll take all of it. Make that two of each, so I have backup.

Flask mittens….mandatory. I think we all need these. Like yesterday.

Saks snow globes…too retro? I don’t care…I love them.

Any candles with vetiver. Like this one from Malin + Goetz.

This market tote. In my mind, when I’m carrying this bag, my life is incredibly organized; everything in it and my belly is clean and locally sourced. As I wander through the farmer’s market, I muse on my well-behaved and impeccably dressed kids, the trip to Europe I’m leaving on tomorrow and I fleetingly worry that I haven’t bought enough clothes to wear a new outfit each and every single day that I’m gone. I have a dog, but somebody else cleans up its’ poop, so I don’t give it another thought. The reality if I had this bag? My keys would be lost forever lurking between used tissues and old receipts. I mean, if we’re going to know each other, let’s be honest.

Carry-On Cocktail Kits for both gin and tonics and champagne cocktails. Because I like options.

This bag. This last one is for my parents…I’m hoping it will be stuffed with the camera + lens(s) of my dreams. I’m kidding…I already know they got me gift #1. Yay!

I’ll add more gift ideas as I post throughout the month. What to get my chickens??? Chicken diapers? The chicken leash? Decisions, decisions…

On to pizza!! I wanted to get frisky for this post…food products totally inspire me and I truly am obsessed with harissa at the moment. It can be used and abused in so many ways…read on…it’s a page turner…

Make Ahead Tips:

You can make your dough up to three days ahead of this dinner. Mix and knead up until step 3 and then cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge and forget about it. The day you’re ready to bake it, bring it out of the fridge and place it somewhere that’s slightly warm and bring the dough to room temperature (this will take several hours). Then jump to the Back to the Dough section and move on with the recipe (I’m assuming you pre-prepped everything in this scenario).

Pizza sauce can be made several days ahead. In fact, giving those flavors 24 hours to mingle isn’t a bad idea.

Yogurt sauce could easily be made several days ahead. Same as the pizza sauce…it’ll just get better.

Make the sausage the night before. I have you shape the sausage into patties. You won’t come even close to using all of it…so make some yummy burgers with the patties and shove some feta, red onion and yogurt sauce in there while you’re at it. I mean, could you deliver this to my house? That sounds amazing.

harissa pizza with north african sausage


yogurt dipping sauce


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the bowl. Go high-grade oil for the dough and you can step it down for the olive oil needed to lube up the rising bowl.
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 generous tablespoon red harissa sauce (I used Mina’s and I can’t recommend it enough!)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons mint
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 pound ground turkey (get some with some fat)
  • 1 tablespoon red harissa paste (you can add more if you want things really spicy)
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups mozzarella, grated or sliced (fresh mozzarella or not…you decide)
  • 1 cup parmesan, finely grated
  • 12 ounces feta
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, cleaned and chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, cleaned and chopped
  • ½ a purple onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Read the whole recipe on DisplacedHousewife