About this recipe:This bread is packed full of Mediterranean flavours. Toasted ciabatta is topped with cooked Italian sausagemeat, olives, tomato and mozzarella, then drizzled with a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. It's perfect for an appetiser, starter or a side dish.
450g hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half lengthways
1 beef steak tomato, sliced
215g roasted red pepper strips
225g mozzarella cheese, sliced
4 tablespoons sliced green olives
4 tablespoons sliced black olives
120ml olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 tablespoon dried basil
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
2 tablespoons diced red onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:15min › Ready in:40min
Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
Crumble the sausagemeat into a saucepan over low heat; cover and cook until sausagemeat is completely browned, stirring every 30 seconds; drain.
Place the bread on a baking tray with the crust sides down. Arrange the cooked sausagemeat evenly over both halves of bread. Top each with tomato slices, red pepper strips, mozzarella slices, green olives and black olives.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, onion and garlic in a bowl. Drizzle over baked bread halves.
Bake another 5 minutes. Cut into 5cm slices to serve.