Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Bruschetta

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Bruschetta

Not sure where you guys live but here in Massachusetts Sunday was one of the nicest days we’ve had this year.  It was as though everyone was rising from the dead and coming out to see the light.  The beach was packed with people biking, running, walking their dogs, pretty much anything that got them out of the house and into the sun.  We got an early start on the day, whipped up some smoothies for breakfast and then got our errands out of the way before the stores filled up.  We followed it up with a nice long walk with Oto around the island.  For lunch we cooked up some salmon burgers and then I got my nails done while Tom went to swim training.  He’s training for a triathalon this summer and has been putting lots of time in running, biking and swimming.  I always admire how committed he is to his goals once he sets them for himself.  Can’t wait to go cheer him on in August!

Anyways, since we’re talking about an awesome day, let’s talk about some awesome food too…

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Bruschetta

This actually started out as an entirely different meal but ended up being even better as leftovers.  I originally made this as a pizza fondue which we dipped small chunks of bread into.  It was out-of-this-world delicious and we were lucky to have a bunch of leftovers.  It didn’t melt to the same consistency when I reheated it so we started just piling it on top of bread and realized that it almost tasted better as a bruschetta-type topping.

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Bruschetta

This would be the perfect appetizer to make for a party.  You can prepare everything ahead of time if you’d like and then before serving just reheat in the microwave (or stovetop), toast up some bread points and call it a day.  I used a round piece of onion focaccia that I cut into wedges and then cut each wedge in half (depth-wise) so it wasn’t as thick.  The nice part about the topping is the consistency, its not quite as watery as regular bruschetta so you don’t have to worry too much about the bread getting soggy.

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Bruschetta

I finished it off with some grated parmesan cheese, I’m sure it would be amazing with some fresh basil as well.  Only a few more months before I can start planting my summer herbs and have constant access to fresh basil, mint and thyme!  You could also make it vegetarian by omitting the sausage & pepperoni and adding some vegetables like zucchini or peppers.

If you decide to make this as a fondue, prepare the same way, just serve immediately with bread cut into small cubes.  It’s pizza night without all the mess!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

The sound of spring birds…

Now that we’ve fixed the bathroom vent and I’m no longer dealing with creepy birds IN our house, I’m really starting to enjoy the sounds of birds outside the house.  When we go for our afternoon walks the birds are out chirping in full force, I always imagine that they are talking to each other about what a beautiful day it is (and this year, probably how crappy that winter was)…

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Medium onion (diced)
  • olive oil
  • 1/2lb sweet italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 3oz thinly sliced pepperoni (diced)
  • 24oz chunky tomato sauce**
  • 8oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Directions

1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
2. Remove casings from the sausage and add to the pot. Break the sausage up into small pieces using a spoon or spatula. Cook until lightly browned & cooked through. Drain excess fat from the pot if necessary.
3. Add the tomato sauce and stir well. Continue cooking until sauce is heated through (5-10 minutes).
4. In a bowl toss the mozzarella cheese and diced pepperoni with the corn starch until coated well.
5. When sauce is hot, slowly stir in the mozzarella cheese mixture until creamy and melted.
6. If serving as fondue, serve with small pieces of bread. If serving as bruschetta, serve on top of lightly toasted bread.*

Note

* Can be made ahead.  Before serving, reheat in the microwave or on the stove top over low heat.

**For sauce, I used a mixture of Rao's Four Cheese sauce and Trader Joe's bruschetta topping.

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