Toasted Italian Sausage Bread

    40 min

    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.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 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

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    2. Crumble the sausagemeat into a saucepan over low heat; cover and cook until sausagemeat is completely browned, stirring every 30 seconds; drain.
    3. 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.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
    5. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, onion and garlic in a bowl. Drizzle over baked bread halves.
    6. Bake another 5 minutes. Cut into 5cm slices to serve.

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    This was AWESOME.... A few reviewerssaid that they couldn't keep the toppings on the bread... I bought the wider italian bread, and scooped out some of the bread to make room for the fillings.. It was SOOOOooooo good... Pleased even the toughest palates.. And the Hot Sausage.. Not a big deal.. I bought the premio links, and decased them.. and just fried it up like chop meat.. YUM!!  -  30 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Oh my goodness, this is amazingly good!!! i'm giving this five stars despite the fact that i made a couple of changes, but it's just because i'm sure it would be delicious as it is stated. I first broiled the bread for 2-3 minutes. Ok, i know this totally modifies the recipe, but i had to use hot dogs instead of hot italian sausage 'cause that's what i had on hand, but next time i'm using the hot sausage. Forgot about the black olives and increased the amount of dried oregano to 1/2 teaspoon. Also omitted the olive oil 'cause i wanted to reduce the fats, and i'll tell you i didn't miss it. We had this for dinner yesterday night and we're still raving..... Thank you thank you thank you Diane, your papa is a genius!  -  24 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We used sweet italian sausage with the casing removed instead of the hot bulk pork and it was wonderful!  -  19 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)