How to make a great pizza with Michael Schwartz owner of Harry’s Pizzeria

Sep 3, 2015

09/03/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  Michael’s Genuine and Harry’s Pizza owner, Michael Schwartz and Harry Pizzeria chef, Daniel Ramirez .  Our topic: How to make a great pizza (one of America’s favorite foods) with special advice for Labor Day weekend.  How about a pizza on the grill?

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

Potato Sausage Salad – perfect for Labor Day weekend

A perfect, quick meal for end of summer dinners. This Potato and Sausage Salad can be served warm or at room temperature. It tastes even better made a day ahead.  The potatoes absorb more of the sauce.  Make it in advance, pour a glass of wine and relax and enjoy.

If making the salad ahead, store in a refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.  Add the lettuce and tomatoes just before serving.

Most supermarkets carry several types of low-fat turkey sausages.  Look for ones that also have a low salt content and plenty of herbs or spices for flavor.

Use the balsamic vinegar dressing in the recipe of buy a reduced-fat one and cut your preparation time.




3/4 pounds red potatoes

6 ounces low-fat turkey sausage

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons fat-free, low-salt chicken broth (divided use)

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil (divided use)

1/2 cup diced red onion

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup rinsed and drained canned red kidney beans

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 whole wheat baguette

1/2 small head Romaine lettuce

1 medium tomato

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash potatoes, do not peel and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.  Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water.  Cover with a lid and boil 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the sausage into 1/2-inch pieces.  Sauté in a nonstick skillet for 10 minutes or until cooked through.  Whisk vinegar and mustard together in a large serving bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons chicken broth and 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Mix thoroughly.  Add onion, salt and pepper to taste.  Add beans to dressing in bowl.  When potatoes are cooked, drain and add, still warm, to the bowl.  Toss.  Add the cooked sausage and parsley.  Add more salt and pepper, if desired.

Place bread in oven to warm.  Wash lettuce leaves and place in a layer on serving platter.  Spoon salad onto lettuce.  Wash and cut tomato into thin wedges.  Place around edge of platter.  Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper.  Mix remaining chicken broth and remaining olive oil together.  Spoon over tomato wedges.  Serve with warm baguette.  Makes 2 servings.

  Nutrition InformationSausage Potato Salad:Per serving: 560 calories (32 percent from fat), 19.7 g fat, (3.4 g saturated, 6.9 g monounsaturated), 45 mg cholesterol, 31.3 g protein, 73.6 g carbohydrates, 16.2 g fiber, 662 mg sodium.Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 3/4 pounds red potatoes, 6 ounces low-fat turkey sausage , 1 small can red kidney beans, 1 bottle Dijon mustard, 1 small bunch fresh parsley, 1 small head Romaine lettuce , 1 ripe medium tomato and  1 whole wheat baguette

Staples: red onion, balsamic vinegar, fat free low-salt chicken broth, olive oil, salt  and black peppercorns

Helpful Hints

  • Any type of canned beans can be used.
  • Any low-fat sausage may be used.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place potatoes on to boil.
  • Cook sausage.
  • Complete recipe.

Copyright © Linda Gassenheimer

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 20 books including her newest, The Flavors of the Florida Keys and Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.  Follow Linda on Twitter: @LGassenheimer, Facebook: Linda Gassenheimer