Sautéed Sausage and Four Cheeses Open Faced Sandwich
This recipe is featured in The Simple Pleasure of an Open Faced Sandwich
This is one of the simplest and most satisfying crostino there is. You need very few ingredients and very little time to throw together an appetizer that is sure to please. I buy the Quattro Formaggi (four cheese) mix (asiago, Parmesan, fontina, and mild provolone) at Trader Joe’s, but it is also sold at other stores. Of course, you can use any kind or combination of grated Italian cheeses you want, though not mozzarella as it is too stringy. Almost any Italian red would complement this treat, so choose your favorite: one of mine is Montefalco Rosso from Umbria.
- Servings 20 to 25 Crostini
- 15 ml* (1 tablespoon) olive oil
- 454 grams (1 pound) sweet or spicy Italian sausages
- 1 small onion, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) minced fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried, crumbled
- 1 baguette, sliced diagonally and baked into crostini
- 237 ml (1 cup) grated four cheese blend
- Minced fresh oregano, for garnish
If you use chicken or turkey sausage, you will probably have to add more oil to the skillet.
*Conversions by The Cook’s Cook.
1. Heat oil in a medium-size heavy skillet over medium heat. Remove sausage from casings and place sausage in skillet; discard casings. Cook sausage until cooked through, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon or pressing meat with a potato masher if finer texture is desired. Using a slotted utensil, transfer sausage to a bowl, leaving rendered fat in the skillet. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the skillet. (If not enough fat has been rendered, add olive oil to make up the difference.) Add onion and sauté until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer onion and garlic to the sausage and mix well. Add 1 tablespoon oregano and mix well.
2. Preheat broiler. Arrange crostini on baking sheets. Add cheese to the sausage mixture and toss well. Mound mixture onto each crostino. Broil until cheese melts. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with fresh oregano, and serve immediately.