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Turkey Pepperoni Pizza with Banana Peppers

Every time I go on vacation or I’m in a different state, my craving for pizza is abnormally intense. When people think of NY they also think of pizza. So stereotypical, I know. But it’s true! In my humble opinion, there’s nothing like NY style pizza and living in NY has definitely made me love it even more. And yes, if you can’t tell, this is another pizza recipe. 

We took a little road trip to Michigan to visit my parents last weekend. The ride was long enough but it was a sweet and safe weekend trip. We ate a lot of good food and I had 1 too many cider mill donuts. Which by they way, If you’re ever in Michigan, you MUST try Yates Cider Mill! Hands down the best cinnamon sugar donuts I’ve had!

Ok, back to my point. On the ride home, I just kept thinking about pizza. Cheesy, saucy, pepperoni pizza. So the first thing I made when we got back was Turkey Pepperoni Pizza with Banana peppers. 

This pizza is actually inspired by all the pizzas I ate growing up in Michigan. We’d always order a pepperoni or bacon pizza with banana peppers and copious amounts of ranch on the side. So good! I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I don’t eat pork or beef, so I found some turkey pepperoni at the grocery store and it was the perfect salty addition. 

The banana peppers add a delicious tanginess, creating the perfect combination of flavors and bite. Banana peppers are very easy to find. They are usually in the aisle with the olives or Italian goods. You could use sweet or hot peppers. I use good old shredded mozzarella and top it with freshly chopped basil and freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese when finished.

You can use store bought dough or your favorite recipe.

HOW TO:

Turkey Pepperoni Pizza With Banana Pepper

  • Roll your pizza dough out on a lightly floured surface into whatever shape you’d like.
  • Transfer your dough onto some parchment paper and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Next, add your sauce then grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Then add some pepperoni slices and make sure to scatter.
  • Top the dough with banana peppers and be sure to scatter them as well.
  • Finish with some crushed red pepper and bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.
  • Top with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese.
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Turkey Pepperoni Pizza With Banana Peppers

Gooey cheese, salty pepperoni and tangy peppers. This Turkey Pepperoni Pizza with Banana Peppers is the perfect combination of flavors.
Course Pizza
Cuisine American
Keyword Appetizer, Bannana Peppers, Pepperoni
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Author Leona G.

Equipment

  • Rolling Pin
  • Parchment Paper
  • Sheet Pan

Ingredients

Pizza

  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 6 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper

Pizza Assembly

  • Banana peppers hot or sweet
  • Turkey pepperoni slices
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Grated

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 500°
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the pizza dough out to your desired shape. I prefer a rectangle.
  • Transfer the pizza dough onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper large enough to fit the pizza. Drizzle 1 tbsp of oil on the dough.
  • Spread your pizza sauce all over leaving ½ inch of the crust uncovered.
  • Add your mozzarella cheese down first. Then top with turkey pepperoni and banana peppers. Be sure to scatter them evenly. Drizzle the remaining tbsp of oil and sprinkle crushed red pepper on top. Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes.
  • Top with fresh basil and freshly grated parmigianno-reggiano cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you’re not into spicy foods, just omit the crushed red pepper and opt for sweet banana peppers instead.
  • Store bought dough is perfectly fine. Or your favorite pizza dough recipe.

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