Sausage and Broccolini Flatbread with Chili Oil


This flatbread is one of my all time favorites. I love how it's base has lots of mozzarella, and untraditionally no sauce, but it's also got that something special with the spicy chili oil. Throw in the freshly ground sausage, broccolini, and crushed red pepper, all on a thin crust flatbread, and you've got the perfect lunch or dinner for two!

Grab all the spices!

This flatbread is anything but bland. A delicious blend of spices is essential to the sausage, complimenting the chili oil as well. Get your tastebuds ready for this blast of flavors. This recipe has its fair share of steps, but is still ready in under 2 hours and that's including making that doughy, delicious homemade pizza dough too!

A little paprika, granulated onion, garlic powder, salt, ground pepper, crushed red pepper, basil, oregano, and fennel seed. The spices are key to bringing this flatbread to the next level with lots of flavor. And of course crushed red pepper is a classic favorite, bringing that pop of color and kick of spice!

Perfectly golden

Just look at that glow. As always, don't skimp on that cheese. You're also going to want to bring the cheese almost to the outer edge of the dough, but not quite. This way you'll still be able to achieve a slight crust around the edge of your flatbread.

YUM. This flatbread is cheesy, spicy, and will leave you grabbing slice after slice!

Sausage and Broccolini Flatbread with Chili Oil

A sausage and broccolini flatbread with a kick! The perfect blend of spices, freshly topped with broccolini.



Servings: 2


  • ⅔ cup water warm
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin


  • 1 lb freshly ground pork
  • ½ tsp granulated onion
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp basil dried
  • ¼ tsp oregano dried
  • ¼ scant tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp fennel seed
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin

Chili Oil

  • 2 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

Additional Toppings

  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin (for brushing)
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • ½ cup mozzarella shredded
  • crushed red pepper



1. In a small bowl, combine warm (not hot) water, yeast, and sugar. Place in a warm spot and allow the yeast to bloom, about 15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add the olive oil and yeast mixture and stir to combine. If you are using a mixer, use the dough hook attachment and knead the dough for 5-6 minutes, as it pulls away from the side of the bowl. If you are not using a mixer, you can also lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough by hand until smooth.

3. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for approximately 1 hour.


1. Add freshly ground pork, granulated onion, garlic powder, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, fennel seed, paprika, salt, and black pepper to a large bowl and mix spices into the ground pork.

2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add sausage to skillet and cook until browned and cooked through.

Chili Oil

1. Heat crushed red pepper and olive oil on the stove in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Heat for approximately 5 minutes, being careful not to burn crushed red pepper flakes.


1. Boil water in a saucepan on the stovetop. Place broccolini in boiling water for approximately 4-5 minutes.

2. Remove broccolini from water and submerge in ice bath to cool for approximately 1-2 minutes or until cold. Remove from water and dry thoroughly.

Forming the Flatbread

1. Once the dough is done rising, place it on a floured surface and stretch it into an oval or rectangular shape.

2. Brush dough with olive oil on one side. Place dough on gas grill (or if you prefer on a grill pan on the stovetop) on high for approximately 2-3 minutes with olive oil side face down. Brush side that is facing up with olive oil and flip the dough and cook that side for 2-3 minutes as well.

3. After, place dough on a greased baking sheet and layer the toppings starting with almost all of the cheese (around 1/3 cup), then sausage, then broccolini, and finish with the remainder of the cheese.

4. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes.

5. Sprinkle on crushed red pepper and drizzle with chili oil. Cut into 8 equal size pieces. Enjoy!


You can save any extra or remaining chili oil for your next flatbread or pizza. It will give that extra kick to any lunch or dinner!

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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