Monday, August 6, 2012

Crispy Sausage Bread

A few years ago we had some people over (unexpectedly) and those people were starting to get hungry.  Obviously, they started to look in my direction.  "Jaisa, anything in the kitchen up there or..."  I got the point.  

I pride myself on being able to whip something up from simple, basic ingredients and we just happened to have the following on hand: 

1 lb Spicy Italian Sausage (happy Uncle Mike?)
1 Baguette
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan 
3 Tbs Chopped Green Onions  

It's suuuuuper important to drain your sausage before mixing it into the other ingredients.  Otherwise you'll have a greasy gross appetizer instead of a light crispy crunch.  So, brown your sausage and then line your mixing bowl with a few layers of paper towels.  Spoon the sausage into the bowl and let it drain for 1-2  minutes.  Use the excess towels on top to gently press the top of the sausage as well.  

Next, while the sausage is still warm, pour the sausage on top of the cream cheese and let it stand for a minute or so.   This will make it much easier to mix.   Add the green onions and freshly grated parm and mix well. 

Next, slice the baguette down lengthwise and then in half.  Because the topping is heavy, scoop a little bit of the bread out and then add your filling.  This will help keep that gosh darn delicious filling in the bread and not on your shirt. 

Ok we're getting close people!! Toast the bread with the filling in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bread and topping become golden brown. 

5 ingredients to total bliss.   

Try it out and let us know what you think.  Stay hungry! 


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